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T'ai Chi Chuan, commonly known as T'ai Chi, is a gentle form of exercise and martial art that promotes and improves health. The Tai Chi Diploma Course provides students who have little or no knowledge of this practice, and those who have some experience and would like to refresh their knowledge, with the basics of what it is, what the benefits are, and how to practice it.

What You'll Learn from the Tai Chi Diploma Course

  • Introduction
  1. T'ai Chi - An Overview
  2. The Benefits of Practising T'ai Chi Accessibility
  3. T'ai Chi Philosophy and Principles
  4. Using Qigong
  5. Principles of T'ai Chi Practice
  6. Some Basic Postures
  7. Getting ready to practice
  8. The Beijing Short Form
  9. Learning and Teaching

The T'ai Chi Diploma Course begins by introducing students to the course itself; explaining the course layout and the learning outcomes of each Module. This continues by showing students the best way to study the course, with a guide to maximising your time and understanding of the contents.

Commonly understood to be a form of exercise and a martial art the 1st Module of the course gives students an overview of Tai Chi itself, broadening learner's understanding of what it is, its purpose, history, and the four main styles within the practice.

T'ai Chi is unique in what it offers practitioners. The 2nd Module of the course explains the physical and psychological health benefits that this extremely accessible martial art provides.

T'ai Chi is about more than the physical aspects of the practice, Module 3 of the Tai Chi Diploma Course explains the philosophy and principles of Taoism, which are embedded into this martial art, and whose understanding will ensure students gain even more from T'ai Chi. The Module explains concepts that are fundamental to Taoism, such as: Wu Wei, Yin and Yang, The Five Elements, Chi, and, Meridians, along with the importance of direction when practicing Tai Chi.

An area that many who are new to Tai Chi and related practices may not be familiar with, Qigong is an even older form of energy practice and is often used alongside Tai Chi. Module 4 explains what Qigong is, and how and why it is used.

There are 10 principles that are followed, no matter which form of T'ai Chi someone follows. The 5th Module of the Tai Chi Diploma Course identifies these 10 principles and explains what each are and the part they play within Tai Chi.

Getting into the practice proper, the 6th Module describes and illustrates the basic stances and arm and hand postures used in Tai Chi. Module 7 complements this well, explaining how to get ready to practice. This provides answers to the questions of: where you should practice, what you should wear, and the ideal places to practice. This Module also provides a simple, illustrated warm-up that can be done before practicing Tai Chi.

The 8th Module of the Tai Chi Diploma Course fully explains and illustrates how to practice the 21 figures of the Beijing Short Form (also known as the Peking Form) of Tai Chi, which will be used as your practice.

Once you have got to grips with the basics stances and Beijing Short Form explained in this course, you may wish to take your Tai Chi practice further, and the next step for this would be to find a Tai Chi class. Module 9 informs students of the benefits of taking a class, the types of classes that can be followed, where to find them, and how to ensure you get a good, reputable teacher. This Module also includes information that will be useful to those who really take to Tai Chi and are considering teaching and setting up a business.

Also included with the Tai Chi Diploma Course is a resource list of useful websites and links to videos.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

Considering its multiple benefits and accessibility, the Tai Chi Diploma Course is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning about and practicing basic Tai Chi, but have little or no previous experience or knowledge.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Tai Chi Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


  • What's in this course
  • Learning outcomes
  • How this course is organised
  • Course components
  • How to study this course
    • Maximising your study and practice time

Module 1: T'ai Chi - An Overview

  • What's in a name?
  • T'ai Chi – a martial art?
  • The purpose of T'ai Chi
  • Types of T'ai Chi
  • Historical Context
  • Traditional styles of T'ai Chi
    • Chen style
    • Yang style
    • WuHao style
    • Sun style
  • T'ai Chi progression
  • T'ai Chi forms
    • Short form and long form
    • Using weapons
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: The Benefits of Practising T'ai Chi

  • Accessibility
  • Health benefits
    • Physical benefits
    • Target areas
    • Psychological benefits
  • Who can practice T'ai Chi?
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: T'ai Chi Philosophy and Principles

  • T'ai Chi and Taoism
    • Wu Wei
    • Balancing opposites: Yin and Yang
    • The Five Elements
  • Chi: universal energy
    • Meridians: The human body energy channels
    • Understanding direction
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Using Qigong

  • Using Qigong as a basis for T'ai Chi practice
    • Playing with energy 1: Find your Lao Gong energy
    • Playing with energy 2: The energy ball
    • Playing with energy 3: Mirror the seasons
  • Using Qigong - Practice

Module 5: Principles of T'ai Chi Practice

  • Breathing
    • Principles of breathing for T'ai Chi
  • Relaxation
  • Energy
  • Centring
  • Grounding
  • Alignment
  • Visualisation Mindfulness
  • Slowness
  • Flowing in curves Unifying the whole body Flow
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Some Basic Postures

  • Basic stance
    • Other stances
  • Arm and hand postures
    • Basic arm
    • Other stances
    • Making a fist
    • Beak hand
  • Basic postures - practice

Module 7: Getting ready to practice

  • Preparing for practice
    • Where should you practice?
    • What should you wear?
    • Is there an ideal practice space?
    • Warming up
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: The Beijing Short Form

  • About the form
    • Movements
  • Practice makes perfect

Module 9: Learning and Teaching

  • Learning T'ai Chi
    • "Drop in" class or sign up for a series?
    • Where to find classes
    • Finding a good T'ai Chi class and teacher
  • Teaching T'ai Chi
    • Teaching
    • The T'ai Chi aspect
  • Setting up a business
  • Module 9 Assessment

Further resources

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Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


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