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This is the virtual learning environment for the online Level 2 Tai Chi Bang Instructors Courses and the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP's) CPD course. The instructors courses are accredited with Open College Network (OCN) and Somerset Skills & Learning are delivering them in partnership with Master Jesse Tsao.
OCN is an awarding body in the UK that accredits courses. They provide validated courses through recognised training providers that meet their robust quality assurance standards. Somerset Skills & Learning are a recognised training provider of OCN courses.
For learners from outside the UK, attainment of an OCN qualification provides a way of ensuring that their course and qualification has been standarised and externally monitored for quality.
As these courses are studied online, an optional practical session is available, although Master Tsao's teaching DVD is provided as part of the course . An optional practical session can be arranged for a date to suit or you can arrange a Skype session with your tutor, who will be able to help you with any queries or corrections on the spot.
Master Jesse Tsao says
"I have put this routine together, but the practice is a thousand years old and comes from the Eight Immortals in my hometown Penglai, China .
"The Eight Immortals are linked to the initial development of qigong exercises such as the Eight Pieces of Brocade. There are some Chinese Martial Arts styles named after the Eight Immortals which use fighting techniques that are attributed to the characteristics of each immortal.
Each Immortal's power can be transferred to a power tool (法器) that can give life or destroy evil."
One of the Immortals was Han Xiang whose 'power tool' the flute, gives life.
If you take a look at Wikipedia, you will find lots of interesting information regarding the 8 Immortals. Some main links can be found below.
So what are the benefits of Tai Chi Bang?
For a start it is a perfect introduction to the basic movements and stances of Tai Chi, so is highly suitable for beginners. As the Form includes weight changes and rotational movements the first 2 sections can also be used to help with Falls Prevention. The first 2 sections can be modified and performed seated, making it an inclusive practice for all.
This Tai Chi routine helps to:
Cultivate internal energy and its circulation.
Prevent carpal tunnel for computer users and musicians.
Promotes strength, balance and flexible joints.
Improves joint proprioception (See fitpro magazineOct/Nov 2010 issue for info on Tai Chi for Falls Prevention)
Provides a walking meditation.
Training tendons in the wrist for a stronger grip.
Is a unique method of training for joint lock in self defense.
Tennis, Squash, Cricket and Baseball player conditioning.
- Level 2 OCN Tai Chi Bang Instructor course covers the 1st and 2nd section section of the Bang.
- Level 3 OCN Tai Chi Bang Advanced Instructor course covers the 3rd section of the Bang - martial art applications. The pre requisite for Level 3 entry is the Level 2 course
If you would like information regarding the Tai Chi Bang Instructor courses, please fill in the enquires form on the next page.
Other Online OCN courses courses that we run are:
Shibashi Instructor Level 3 - Health Professionals
We now also offer REP's CPD courses. These are for Instructors who already work in the leisure industry and are members of the Register of Exercise Professionals.
REP's Beginners Shibashi -16 CPD points.
REP's Beginners Tai Chi Bang - 16 CPD points.
REP's Beginners Fragrant Qigong - 16 CPD points.
REP's Advanced Shibashi for Older People/Disabled - 16 CPD points.
REP's Advanced 8 Strands of Brocade Qigong - 16 CPD points
For details of REP's Tai Chi & Qigong courses please complete the enquiry form on the next page, and remember to make it clear that you would like information on the REP's CPD courses. Please remember that the REP's CPD courses are not instructor qualifications, instead they provide REP's instructors with CPD points.