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 Previously trading as Open College Network South West (OCNSWR), apt awards has a strong background with over 30 years’ experience in developing flexible credit-based recognised qualifications offering bite-sized learning that provides real progression opportunities for learners.


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 apt awards and Somerset Skills & Learning are delivering them in partnership with Master Jesse Tsao.


Apt 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 apt courses.

For learners from outside the UK, attainment of an apt 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 .
I  have combined a Taoist meditation, the Chen style Tai Chi coiling movements of the bang, with Taoist self-defence to make it a practice routine."


 "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."
(From www.en.wikipedia.org)
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.
Eight Immortals

Han Xiang



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 apt Tai Chi Bang Instructor course covers the 1st and 2nd section section of the Bang.
    Level 3 apt 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 course, please fill in the enquiries form on the  next page.


    Other Online apt courses courses that we run are:

    Tai Chi Bang Advanced Instructor Level 3

    8 Strands of Brocade Instructor Level 3

    Fragrant Qigong Instructor Level 2

    Shibashi Instructor Level 2

    Shibashi Instructor Level 3 - Health Professionals

    Tai Chi Foundation Instructor Level 3  (in conjuction with Master Jesse Tsao for Tai Chi Healthways  

    We now also offer  a REP's CPD course. This is for Instructors who already work in the leisure industry and are current members of the Register of Exercise Professionals.

    REP's Beginners Shibashi  -16 CPD points. 

    For details of the REP's course 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 course. Please remember that the REP's CPD course is not an instructor qualification, instead it provides REP's instructors with CPD points.