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About

Making Taiji more fun and accessible
Making Fitness more graceful and holistic

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Overview

What is The TaijiFit Experience?

TaijiFit is the most unique workout to come along in decades. It’s a ride along the wave of your Inner Power, like surfing on your own life energy – the Qi. It combines the best elements of fitness, meditation and the ancient martial art of Taiji (Tai Chi).

When you take a TaijiFit class, you find yourself moving your body with the grace and confidence of the ancient Taiji masters who learned the secret of balancing yin and yang – strength with beauty, power with peace, endurance with flow. There is no routine or choreography to memorize or “get right.” The TaijiFit instructor will lead you into the Flow using the Qi Cueing method developed by David-Dorian.

How can I become a TaijiFit Instructor?
Becoming a certified TaijiFit™ instructor starts by enrolling in our Basic Training course – where you will learn the basic class format known as TaijiFit Flow™. The course is in two parts – a self-paced web-based course on basic theory and methodology, and an intensive Movement Skills course. This second portion of our basic teacher training is conducted online through state of the art interactive video. We believe this captures as much as 85% of the in-person training with much less cost – but with much greater flexibility. The training is conducted Live, with an instructor who can see you, answer questions and give real-time feedback. You can find out more when you click here.

 

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Exploring the Frontier of How We Teach and Learn Taiji

David-Dorian Ross is the creator of TaijiFit: Bootcamp for the Soul, and the founder of the TaijiFit instructor training program. He is America’s “Chi-vangelist,” whose public appearances introduce people to the benefits, accessibility and sheer joy of learning Taiji (T’ai Chi). Inside Kung-fu Magazine called him “the man who brought T’ai Chi mainstream.”  Martial arts action star Jet Li called him “the American Idol of Tai Chi.”

David-Dorian is the host and star of the PBS special T’ai Chi, Health and Happiness. His previous show on PBS was called T’ai Chi in Paradise, produced on location in Hawaii with Hawaiian Public Television.  David-Dorian’s Taijii instructional dvds have sold more than 1 million copies world-wide, and his program “T’ai Chi Beginning Practice” is the best-selling T’ai Chi dvd of all time. His book Exercising the Soul is a #1 Amazon best-seller.

David-Dorian also holds the record as America’s competitive T’ai Chi Champion – winning 8 US Gold Medals, a World Silver medal and 2 World Bronze medals in T’ai Chi performance (still the highest record of any American T’ai Chi athlete).

 

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Teacher Training

Leading the world in LIVE online training
Basic Training • 200-Hour • 500-Hour Program

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Overview

The TaijiFit Teacher Training program is for both those wanting to share Taiji and for the genuinely “Taiji curious” alike. Whether you want to become a TaijiFit Instructor or just deepen your own personal practice – this is an opportunity for you to join a community committed to self-discovery and personal transformation.

Although we still conduct in-person Teacher Training seminars throughout North America, TaijiFit is a pioneer in the use of live internet training. This has allowed us to welcome students from all over the world. Now you can train with recognized a Taiji Master Teacher and his faculty, no matter where you live. All you need is a computer, internet access and a webcam.

The TaijiFit Teacher Training’s core mission is to produce inspiring leaders with strong teaching skills. We don’t expect everyone who completes our training to become a teacher, but whatever your path, our training will guide you on the path of Harmony, and the mastery of Power (Qi Energy), Freedom and Flow.

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Basic Training Details

All participants who successfully complete TaijiFit Basic Training and who are subscribers in good standing with Instructors Corner (continuing education) are licensed to use the TaijiFit name, logos, slogans and class names on their business cards, collateral material and websites. Instructors can use all of the class formats for which they have received training, and they also get four (4) full-length class choreographies every year. They receive marketing support and certain discounts – and are eligible to enroll in the 200-hour program, or take any advance workshops a la carte. They are able and encouraged to start teaching TaijiFit, as the best way to become a great teacher is to do more teaching.

TaijiFit Basic Training Curriculum:

  • TaijiFit Flow, Part One: Theory and Technique (University style on-line self-paced study, with mandatory quizzes for each module)
    • Functions of the TaijiFit Instructor
    • Theory of Flow
    • Qi-cueing method
    • Observation and Assessment Skills
    • History and Philosophy of Taiji
    • Biomechanics
    • Authenticity in TaijiFit
  • TaijiFit Flow, Part Two: Movement Skills Training (Live group training with Master Trainer via 2-way video)
    • Review of the 17 Movements Basic Repertoire
    • The 5 Basic Combinations
  • Final Exam

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200-Hour Program Details

Ready to take your practice to a whole new level? Gain a deeper understanding of the many layers of Taiji, advance your practice, develop confidence, and find your voice. For those who want to teach, our comprehensive teacher training program will mark the beginning of your successful career as a TaijiFit teacher.

The 200 hour training is a series of In-Person workshops, webinar based trainings, Tests and Practicums.  People who take this program will gain proficiencies in the following areas:

  • Advanced Movement Skills Training
  • New Class Format: TaijiFit Strength
  • New Class Format: TaijiFit T0-Go
  • Taiji Anatomy
  • Choreography and the science and art of sequencing a TaijiFit class
  • Traditional Principles of Taiji and how they are used to induce Flow
  • How to observe and see bodies in Flow
  • Presenter Skills and the Art of the Voice
  • The Importance of the usage of imagery
  • Confidence though practice teaching
  • Taiji history and philosophy

The 200-program brings you to a higher level of accuracy and proficiency – both in your Taiji- and Qigong-based movement and also in your cueing and choreography. This foundational Taiji training is designed to give you a transformational experience.  You will gain a deeper understanding of all things Taiji and become part of a likeminded community.

For those who want to teach, this will mark the beginning of a successful career as a TaijiFit teacher. TaijiFit has created a number of career opportunities only available to graduates of the 200-hour program and above. These include getting your own online studio cobranded with your business name and TaijiFit; and other potential programs like working with Seniors, Cancer Recovery patients, or Corporate Wellness.

Requirements: The curriculum must be completed within 12 months of enrollment. This program is the first step towards becoming a Master Trainer, Master Trainers will be chose from our Graduates of the 200 hour program based on their abilities, commitment and enthusiasm for TaijiFit to continue on to our Master Training Program.

Cost: $2500. Payment plans may be available.

First Step: click on the Teacher Training application below to apply and send it to info@taijifit.net.  Once you are accepted, if you have been in trainings with us prior we will give you the rundown of how many hours you have completed so far.  Then you will be supplied the forms to track the remaining hours.  If you have any questions regarding the program please email deanna@taijifit.net.

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500-Hour Program Summary

The Third level of our program is the 500-hour level, which emphasizes the esthetic quality of the student experience. In traditional Taiji training, the third level of development is known as “Hao,” which translates as “Good.” Graduates of the 500-hour program are eligible for application to become Master Trainers for TaijiFit.

The 500-hour program is currently in development, and is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2015.

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Master Classes & Workshops

Every month we offer a series of Master Classes, workshops and seminars. Some of these workshops are required courses for Instructors in the 200-hour program – but they are actually open to anyone unless otherwise designated. The most frequent classes are the Combo of the Month classes – short Master Classes on the details and nuances of one combination of TaijiFit moves that we teach in our classes.  They are generally informal – highly informative and immediately useful – and lots of fun.  A different Combo is presented every month.

The second most frequent seminar are the monthly Master Classes – these are longer (2 hour) programs that cover a range of topics on history, physiology, philosophy, tradition, Tips and Tricks etc. Some of these are required for 200-hour students, some of them are electives – but all of them are fun.

To see the schedule of Master Classes and workshops, simply click here.

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