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Instructor Certification

East Wind Tai Chi Association - Instructors Certification Categories

Associate Tai Chi Instructor

1. At least 200 hours of experience in teaching Tai Chi.

2. Demonstrate and explain the Tai Chi 8 Form movements.

3. Three reference letters from other Tai Chi instructors, students, your trainers, etc. At least one of them should come from Tai Chi instructors (can be your trainers and/or peers)


Tai Chi Instructor (Level I)

1. At least 500 hours of experience in teaching Tai Chi.

2. Demonstrate and explain the Tai Chi 8 Form movements.

3. Demonstrate and explain the correct breathing for the Tai Chi 8 Form.

4. Explain the flow of Chi and how it relates to the movements of the Tai Chi 8 Form.

5. Three reference letters from other Tai Chi instructors, students, your trainers, etc. At least one of them should come from Tai Chi instructors (can be your trainers and/or peers)


Tai Chi Instructor (Level II)

1. At least 1000 hours of experience in teaching Tai Chi.

2. Demonstrate and explain the Tai Chi 24 Form movements.

3. Three reference letters from other Tai Chi instructors, students, your trainers, etc. At least one of them should come from Tai Chi instructors (can be your trainers and/or peers)


Tai Chi Instructor (Level III)

1. At least 2000 hours of experience in teaching Tai Chi.

2. Demonstrate and explain the Tai Chi 24 Form movements.

3. Demonstrate and explain the correct breathing for the Tai Chi 24 Form.

4. Explain the flow of Chi and how it relates to the movements of the Tai Chi 24 Form.

5. Three reference letters from other Tai Chi instructors, students, your trainers, etc. At least one of them should come from Tai Chi instructors (can be your trainers and/or peers)


Tai Chi Master Instructor

1. At least 5000 hours of experience in teaching Tai Chi and/or Qigong.

2. Demonstrate and explain the Tai Chi 24 Form and the Tai Chi 8 Form movements.

3. Demonstrate and explain the correct breathing for the Tai Chi 24 Form and the Tai Chi 8 Form.

4. Explain the flow of Chi and how it relates to the Tai Chi 24 Form and the Tai Chi 8 Form.

5. Be able to explain the history of Tai Chi and the differences of the 5 major styles of Tai Chi.

6. Five or more reference letters from other Tai Chi instructors, students, clients, etc. At least three of the letters should comment on your teaching performance. At least two of the reference letters provide proof for your leadership

Certification Renewal :

1. Receive continuing education (in the form of self-study, workshops, seminars and/or classes) in Tai Chi for at least 20 hours a year.

2. Maintain at least 100 hours in teaching Tai Chi every year.


Meeting the above criteria does not automatically qualify you for the ETA Certification. The decision will also depend on the credential of the organization(s) from which you received Tai Chi training, the significance of the reference letters, etc. ETA reserves the right to make these assessments on a case-by-case basis.


Tai Chi Certification Fees

First Year Certification fee for Instructors (after the application is approved): $75.00.

Annual Renewal Fee: for Instructors: $45.00


You may apply for Individual ETA membership by submitting the ETA Instructor Certification Application and Fee.

Submit Fees in the form of a Money Order or Bank Draft,
in U.S. Funds, made payable to ITA Institute.



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