i           Certified Instructors learning Sun 73 Forms--Charlotte VT 2015

INSTUCTOR TRAINING AND BECOMING AN AUTHORIZED TRAINER

To become a CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR you attend Instructor Certification Workshops led by some of our Authorized Trainers: Anne Bower, Ellie Hayes, Marty Kidder, Laurie Knauer, Suzanne Lemire, and Elizabeth Wirls. Experienced instructors are sometimes invited to assist as facilitators.

Our Fall Prevention Tai Chi Instructor Certification begins with a two-day workshop on the basic movements and teaching method. We do a lot of work on modeling the warm-ups and basic movements SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY. The cost of this workshop includes a practice DVD and book about teaching--both remain great references for all instructors, and access to our skillbuilder workshops where we get to practice together and gain new information
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New instructors are expected to then teach one or more classes and will learn a great deal from this teaching process.

Two-three months after the Basics Workshop we offer a one-day workshop on the form's Advanced movements, which includes review of the basic movements and teaching method. Once again, we expect folks to teach, as well as attend one or more of our skillbuilder workshops.

Within a year of that we provide a workshop on the Additional movements (and recertication for those needing it at that time).



To become an Authorized Trainer you first have to become certified to teach Basic, Advanced, and Additional movements of our Fall Prevention Tai Chi and have about two years of teaching experience. You also need to become familiar with the longform (Sun 73 forms) although you may not yet be certified in it.

At this point you can initiate your interest in becoming an Authorized Trainer, or it may be that one of the existing AT's will invite you to join our ranks. The process here is that you start by "facilitating" at certification and/or skillbuilder workshops, starting to practice your leadership and organizational skills. After having done that a few times, if all goes well, you'll be invited to become an Authorized Trainer. At first you will always lead workshops with an experienced AT, but eventually you will have the skills to go solo.

When an instructor becomes an AT, she or he is sent all necessary forms and files that the position requires.

Most of our Authorized Trainers, besides teaching with Tai Chi Vermont, have garnered experience through taking tai chi, qigong, or martial arts classes with other groups, reading and researching about Tai Chi, and attending workshops on various related topics.
REMEMBER THIS: TEACHING TAI CHI, JUST LIKE LEARNING IT, INVOLVES CONSTANT GROWTH. NO MATTER WHERE WE START THIS PROCESS, IT CAN DEEPEN AND ENRICHEN FOREVER.