In this 8th session with Tony we cover two topics

Q1 is from from Elizabeth Marsh, She said ‘could Tony speak about the microcosmic orbit in one of his talks, and its significance in an exercise like the five lotus blossoms’

Q2 Sally  asks, ‘Can you explain the aims and goals of the TAO & how can these be met whilst in the current COVID situation?

 

These are the Technical Directors reflections and understandings they should be taken as his experience and personal opinion only.

 

Q1

 

 

Q2

Unfortunately due to the current situation with COVID-19 we have reluctantly had to cancel all remaining courses for 2020.  We wish all our members well and let’s hope the situation improves soon.

Below is an importat email from the TAO Secretary.  Please take the time to read it.

 

Dear Instructors/Tengchi grades,

I am sending this email to remind and urge all instructors and black jackets who are running classes or intend to run a class in the future that they need to adhere to, and conform to, the rules that are currently in place by our governing body the BCCMA.
Specifically the requirements are Coaching qualification, DBS clearance, 1st Aid and Safeguarding and you need to have these in place to be fully covered by insurance. The coaching qualification include Level 2 or Level 3 which are run on a regular basis and I recently sent out an email regarding the latest Level 3 course. For the DBS you can do this via the BCCMA website and you need to make sure that your 1st Aid certificate is up to date. The BCCMA runs 1st Aid courses specifically tailored for martial arts.

This brings me to the main point which is that you are expected to complete the SCiMA (Safeguarding Children in Martial Arts) course which comprises of three online modules and a webinar. You will need to register with SCiMA which is £16 per annum or £61 for professionals. The website explains what is required and the steps you need to take. You will be expected to upload proof of identity, BCCMA number, DBS certificate, 1st Aid certificate and complete the modules/webinar. The cost of the webinar is £22 and is a one off payment.

The TAO has always tried to be ahead of the curve when it comes to proposed legislation and procedures regarding the teaching of martial arts. Currently there are plans by the Sports Council, who have recently received government funding, to produce the requirements for a professional Chinese Martial Arts qualification. This will mean that at some point in the near future if you do not have this qualification then you will not be able to teach classes. This will eventually cover all venues whether they are held in health centres, private clubs or church halls.

As an organisation we are trying to get our people fully certified so that when new legislation comes in we will be in an advantageous position and will be able to continue teaching. It will also potentially open up further avenues to run classes with bodies such as the NHS and other professional institutions. So please go ahead, register and put aside some time to complete the online training.

Take care,
Shaun

 
Checklist for BCCMA coaching qualifications:-
1. Safeguarding and child protection learning and certification

2. Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance https://bccma.com/safeguarding/bccma-disclosure-and-barring-service-dbs/
 
3. BCCMA National Governing Body Level 2 and 3 coaching qualifications  https://bccma.com/product-category/courses/ngbcc/

4.Martial Arts First Aid Training (most should have had this from earlier this year) https://bccma.com/product-category/courses/martial-arts-first-aid/

Qualification of instructors:-
The instructor must be 18 years or older and must have:

1.     Minimum 1st Tengchi grade in the art they are teaching 

2.     Safeguarding and child protection learning and certification

3.     Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance

4.     Martial Arts First Aid Training

5.     Minimum BCCMA National Governing Body level 2 coaching qualification

6.     The express approval of the Technical Director for running a children’s class or class with vulnerable adults

 

Safeguarding and child protection certification, enhanced DBS clearance, martial arts first aid training, and BCCMA National Governing Body level 2 coaching (or above) are all required for SCiMA registration.

All TAO Instructors are required to complete all four components for coaching registration with SCiMA for National instructor accreditation and must keep their training up to date.

It is expected that TAO instructors will have undertaken the appropriate training to coach: children; children and adults with disabilities; and adults, where applicable. 

Sorry folks due to current COVID restrictions our next Twyford course (23 & 24 October, 2020) has had to be cancelled.  Let’s hope things will be better soon.

In this session we cover three topics from 3 different members in the TAO.

Q1.     What is Chi and what’s the best way to cultivate it?

Q2.    Regarding the movement of the body, we are generally advised to only use a percentage of our full range of movement during tai chi practice.  However, there are also exercises designed to improve our maximum available range, opening and relaxing our areas of limitation.

Could you discuss the relationship between K’ai Men and Tao Yin exercises in increasing ranges of movement to the maximum/optimum percentage of our available ranges please?

Q3.     I’ve just watched Q&A 6 and I have a handy question that you may want to use. I was thinking that it would be good to combine ideas from three different Q&As together to illuminate them: Acceptance, the 3 Nos and Honour/ Respect.

“If the new guy in town walks in to the local pub for the first time, spills your pint and then spits in your face as a first introduction, acceptance and finding peace with the situation might be helpful internally as a starting point, but without addressing honour this response could be taken as an invitation to further dominance-establishing actions. Also, blanket acceptance would mean a lowering of self-respect, which in turn compromises the 3 Nos. How can we allow these three principles to be mutually supportive instead?”

These are the Technical Directors reflections and understandings they should be taken as his experience and personal opinion only.

 

Q1.

Q2.

 

Q 3.

 

In this session two more questions are explored;

The first developed on from the last session, Last time you talked to us about the intricate matrix of what makes Tai Chi, Tai Chi.  You also spoke of the 3no’s in Tai Chi, no pain, no stress, no fear. The Aim being we transfer all of these into our everyday lives.  Please could you tell us more about how we can live the Tai Chi more, for no stress and no fear?”

And the second questions is “ In the system we refer to principles a lot, but we also have concepts – can you explain the difference please?”

 

These are the Technical Directors reflections and understandings they should be taken as his experience and personal opinion only.

 

Question 1

 

 

Question 2

 

In this 5th session with Tony the questions are, how does the Li system cover so much of the various Internal martial art theories, and what makes the practice of Tai Chi ‘Tai Chi’ rather than being a well structured movement and exercise program?

 

These are the Technical Directors reflections and understandings they should be taken as his experience and personal opinion only.

 

How does the Li system cover so much of the various Internal martial art theories?

 

 

 

 

What makes the practice of Tai Chi ‘Tai Chi’ rather than being a well structured movement and exercise program?

 

 

In this fourth session with Tony we cover two more topics, ‘the difference between Knowledge and Understanding’ and ‘the contrast between training for the ego and training for the benefit of the TAO’?

 

These are the Technical Directors reflections and understandings they should be taken as his experience and personal opinion only.

The difference between Knowledge and Understanding

 

 

Contrast between training for the ego and training for the benefit of the TAO?

 

For those instructors holding outdoor training sessions we now have an Outdoor Risk Assessment form which should be completed for these sessions. Please note that reference to Instructor Code on the form is your membership no (i.e. the Instructor’s membership number).

This form can also be found in the Tengchi’s area (Instructors Resources section) of the website together with other TAO forms.

Happy training !

We now have the latest guidance from the BCCMA with regard to returning to classes :

BCCMA COVID safe policy

BCCMA insurance update COVID-19

In this third session with Tony we cover two main topics, one. is in relation to Honour and Self Respect and the other is in relation to our Kai Men and Tai Yin.

These are the Technical Directors reflections and understandings they should be taken as his experience and personal opinion only.

Honour and Self Respect

 

Concepts for Kai Men and Tao Yin

 

As you may have read in our news letter our Chairman Johns Ainsley contracted Covid-19, and in his words if it hadn’t of been for the Tao Yin and Kai Men he would have been on a ventilator.  If you were wondering what exercises John used to help him with his breathing they are in the video here being demonstrated by John.

 

In this second session of questions with Tony, the concepts of the 5 elements are expanded on in greater details.  The use of weapons is discussed and the weapons are used as an analogy to explain the different elements in this context.

These are the Technical Directors reflections and understandings they should be taken as his experience and personal opinion only.

 

 

Our June Newsletter is now available for download here. Within this issue you will find mention of the French Tribute Newsletter.

As always it is feature rich and with a great new look this edition contains  :

Articles

TAO News

Enjoy !

 

During this lock down and whilst courses and classes have been suspended Tony has agreed to answer some questions from a small group.

These are The Technical Directors reflections and understandings they should be taken as his experience only

If this is successful then we will get some questions from different areas and make this a regular event or until training can begin again.

This Kai Men exercise here is part of our members release during Covid -19 Outbreak

The Link below takes you through the exercise step by step.

Kai Men

This should be used in conjunction with the videos of Tony explaining the details.

As before the first video is  performing the exercise, then the overview of the details, and then the uses in our form.

Again please remember this is for training purposes and should not replace your instructions when classes resume. Hopefully soon.

Sound Quality is poor in some places due to other training in the hall at that time.

 

 

 

If you have a class listing on the website you also have the ability to change certain details of your listing.  Anybody wishing to add information such as the fact that their class is cancelled / postponed at this time or that their class is currently running online are able to do so themselves.  If you need any help or guidance with this please contact Sally or Gareth.

Keep well

Dates for your diary – next year’s International, Residential and Instructor course dates are now listed on our Course List page together with TAO Tuina qualified practitioner course dates.

Local course dates for 2020 will be added soon

New : Instructor BCCMA registration policy which includes a factsheet on DBS online registration and update service (Oct 19)

Our August Newsletter is now available and as always contains a whole lot of information including :

Technical Director & members articles – our community support project – the possibility of a new Tuina course – competition news and a list of next year’s Twyford course dates

Download the August Newsletter here