Please note that as from December 14th 2016 we are unable to take any NEW enrolments onto our online Tai Chi & Qigong courses.  We are moving away from Ascentis the current independent awarding body and working with Active IQ towards a new Tai Chi & Qigong health qualification.  SS&L anticipate this to be an interim situation.  For further enquiries, please complete the submission form on this site with your full contact details and you will be added to our mailing list.

This Virtual Learning Environment will continue to be available to those learners who are already enrolled and will not affect their continuing progression with this course. 

This is the virtual learning environment for the online Level 2 Tai Chi Bang Instructors Courses This instructors course is accredited with Ascentis awards and SS&LCIC are delivering them in partnership with Master Jesse Tsao.



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 Ascentis Awarding Organisation and Access Validating Agency has announced the acquisition of AptEd Awarding Organisation and Access Validating Agency. The terms of the acquisition agreement and asset transfer have been formally approved by both the AptEd and Ascentis Boards and will come into effect from 1st November 2015.

Ascentis is a UK-based Awarding Organisation with a portfolio of user-friendly qualifications designed to meet the needs of all learners, from basic literacy and numeracy through to Access to Higher Education and professional teacher training. As a recognised charity, Ascentis is committed to the provision of clear progression routes that enable learners to climb the 'qualifications ladder' and achieve their lifelong aspirations.

Ascentis is recognised by both Ofqual and the Quality Assurance Agency (for HE) and its qualifications are eligible for funding under the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Education Funding Agency (EFA). Its vocational qualifications have been developed in conjunction with the appropriate sector skills councils.

 Ascentis was originally established in 1975 as OCNW, a co-operative scheme between Universities and Colleges of Further Education. OCNW was the first ‘Open College’ in the UK and served the needs of its members for over 34 years. Throughout this period, OCNW grew yet maintained its independence in order that it could continue to respond to the requirements of its customers and provide a consistently high standard of service to all centres across the country and in recent years to its increasing cohorts of overseas learners. 






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."
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 scroll down and fill in the enquiries form on the next page.


    Other online courses courses that we run are:

    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