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Kris Deva North,
Mantak Chia co-author and founder of Universal Healing Tao UK & Chi Nei Tsang Institute London 1992.


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Tai Chi Teacher Training 2016


(Tai Chi Teacher Training runs alternate years with Qigong Teacher Training)

7-Day Intensive Immersion
Tai Chi Certified Instructor Training & Upgrading Retreat

Senior & Advanced Instructors, Tai Chi Union for Great Britain

4th to 11th August 2018


There are no specific pre-requisites for Level 1 Training besides an interest in Tai Chi. No experience is necessary for Level 1 as you will see below from the Outline Syllabus. Whatever your standard of Tai Chi, Level 1 Training will show you how to improve it, whether or not you decide to become an Instructor.

At all levels the focus is on teaching, through an intensive Immersion program, for you to become an outstanding Tai Chi Teacher, recognised and certified by the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (Overseas Membership recognised.)

Meet Your Teaching Team

Kris teaches Tai Chi as shamanic theatre, celestial combat, rooted in Earth and played in the human dimension. Yang advances, Yin withdraws, Harmony prevails.

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For Anamarta, Tai Chi is the essence of Feminine Empowerment, connecting with higher and lower forces on the spiritual path, for self-defense (see below!) or simply to harmonise with the environment and alleviate the effects of stress.

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Amazing Venue and Delicious Food

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A magnificent manor house with wonderful surroundings, still in the hands of the family who built it almost 300 years ago.
In the lovely countryside of Ponte Lima, historic village in the North of Portugal.
Check more below!


The Teacher Training is an intensive 7-Day Immersion program. Whatever your standard of Tai Chi, this Training will improve it, whether or not you decide to go for your Instructor qualification. So you can tailor your own aims accordingly:

*** To attain a level of certification to teach Tai Chi

*** and or To enjoy a week of intensive learning, meeting like-minded people, making new friends, and laying a solid foundation for future certification.

Take a moment to look at what people had to say about this on the previous training:

With your Instructor Certification you will have gained the knowledge, skills and experience to find, recruit, inspire, train and certify Tai Chi learners, including the challenges of Group Dynamics and the knowledge to answer questions about origins, theory, practice and applications.

The aim of our Tai Chi Certified Instructor Training is to train, certify and upgrade outstanding Tai Chi Teachers by:

Providing inspiring and educational training in Tai Chi and underlying theory to a high standard of personal achievement;

Providing comprehensive instruction in the teaching, evaluation, assessment and certification of Tai Chi learners;

Sharing the knowledge and understanding of how to find, recruit, motivate, teach and retain Tai Chi learners;

Evaluating qualified candidates for upgrading.

TUITION is in two streams:

Basic + Intermediate to certify those new to the program

Advanced to upgrade Instructors who have previously attained Level 1/2 Certification

Please NOTE RPL: Recognition of Prior Learning applies to those who have achieved a level of experience/ learning recognised by TCUGB.

Our group from the last training

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Our Tai Chi Form: we practice a short Yang Family form (13 movements, four directions, yin and yang) which evolved from Mantak Chia's Tai Chi Chi Kung and the Push-Hands Practice of the late Master Lim of Penang.


Taoists consider Tai Chi as one of the highest forms of Moving Meditation, harmonising Yang and Yin, and Qigong as Standing Meditation, for grounding and rooting. Now you can have this too when you come on by to combine Moving Meditations for Fitness + Flexibility, Build Confidence, Recapture Lost Energy, Turn Stress Into Vitality, Inner Strength for Inner Peace!

You can watch it below!

Teaching already? Here's an absolutely fantastic opportunity to provide your students with new, fresh, and interesting variations to amplify their Tai Chi experience with you.

Starting to teach? Take the chance to attract a whole new range of potential students.

At more advanced levels we offer different qualification according to the ability of the student.

Or are you simply keen to develop your personal practice?
The time is now, the power is you!

Our vision is to develop a team of Tai Chi Teachers to expand awareness of this wonderful practice and the many benefits it can bring to people of all ages and backgrounds. Just think, it could be YOU as the Agent of Change for the Better in the lives of others. Can't you almost feel the satisfaction already!

Outline Syllabus

Tai Chi

Form & Simple Applications (Level 1)
5-Element Tai Chi, Intermediate Applications (Level 2)
Healing, Martial, Advanced Applications (Level 3)
Fast Form (Level 3)

Push Hands

Pushy, Sticky, Tricky, (Level 1)
Evens: Parallel, Oblique (Level 2)
Evens: Elevated, Moving, Freestyle (Level 3)


How to Teach Tai Chi: Methods of Instruction (Level 1, 2)
Assessment Techniques (Level 1, 2)
Benefits, History, Traditions (Levels 1,2,3)
5-Element Theory and how it can work for effective Tai Chi (Level 2)
Organ-Meridian Networks (Level 3)
Anatomy & Physiology for Tai Chi (Level 3)
Points - Healing & Martial (Level 3)
Business Development - finding and keeping students (Levels 1,2,3)
Health & Safety: What you Need to Know (Levels 1,2,3)

The training includes talks, demonstrations and conversations about the traditions and history of Tai Chi, its many benefits constantly being mentioned by such as Harvard Medical School, and of course the more advanced theory and secret practices of the higher levels.
These areas, when not in use for lectures, have good facilities for relaxation and or private study.

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The facilities are in keeping with the high standards of tuition, training and commitment!

Tai Chi Teacher Training 2016

Swimming pool, tennis court, WiFi, DVD player, table tennis, table football, car parking.
Closest village approx. 1,500 metres
Minimarket & cafe 2kms., Restaurant 2kms, Ponte Lima centre 8kms., 18-hole golf course 10kms., horse riding centre 10 kms., long sandy beaches in Viana do Castelo 25 kms, Porto airport 90 kms.

What people say about the food and the place:


SuperEarlyBird £897 until 2nd March;

Earlybird £997 until 29th May;

Then £1097 until 4th July.

These Include:

* 35 hours of professional training
* Accommodation and laundry
* Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks and water
* Transfers from and to Porto Airport on 4th and 11th August
* Training Course manual (available from 4th July)
* Videos for practice each movement you learn
* Certification and Documentation.

Does Not Include: flights, local travel, personal expenses, subscriptions.

Our Teacher Training gets fully booked early so hurry up - don't miss this unique opportunity!

Secure your place with deposit:

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Each Level being pre-requisite for the next.
Your Tai Chi Teacher Training Manual contains full information on what you need to know, to do, and how this is evaluated.

Teach Basic Tai Chi; Push Hands Pushy, Sticky, Tricky,
Issue Student Certificates of Attendance
Eligible for Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (TCUGB) Basic Membership and Instructor Insurance

Teach Intermediate Tai Chi; Push Hands Evens: Parallel, Oblique
Assess Students and issue Student Intermediate Certificates
Eligible for Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (TCUGB) Intermediate Membership and Instructor Insurance

Teach Advanced Tai Chi; Push Hands Elevated, Moving, Freestyle
Assess Students and issue Student Advanced Certificates;
Recommend Students for InstructorTraining.
Eligible for Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (TCUGB) Advanced Membership subject to satisfying any TCUGB further requirements


The levels for TCT and TCM are assessed after the Tai Chi Teacher Training Retreat. Assessment of TCT and TCM is based on candidates' own research and following submission of a portfolio of assisting, co-teaching, solo-teaching, and course design.

Trainer (TCT)
Train, Assess and Certify Instructor

Master (TCM)
Assess and Certify Trainers

Anamarta shows a few applications you learn while improving confidence, posture, flexibility and balance

I don't know if you have noticed that people who do Tai Chi seem to stand straighter yet more relaxed, move more easily with a kind of fluid grace? Have you wondered why, and how? Well, Tai Chi combines fitness, flexibility, and effective ways to manage stress while at the same time giving a fantastic energy boost!

Kris and Anamarta practice the form on location in Hawaii


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A view of Ponte (means bridge in Portuguese) Lima, the nearest village, as we are in the middle of vineyards in the countryside. This village is known as a place to start the "caminho", the walk to Santiago de Compostela.

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Come on by! Learn something new, make new friends, have some fun!

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