Question: If I understand correctly with the 3 month course you could come back with a level 3 instructor certification for Chen. Reading the agenda for the 3 month course, it looks to be half Chen, and half Hunyuan 24, and 32, with some exposure to weapons training? I thought Hunyuan and Chen were different systems? So what would you get a certification to teach? Your site also mentions there will be other course certificates that can be acquired. What are they, and is there an additional cost? Can Erlu, and Chen weapon sets be learned while there?
Answer: Thank you very much for your inquiry. I assume you are either associated with Tim Duehring or Michael Stancato?
There are no pre-qualifications for this course, as the system is designed to both teach and certify. In fact, it is easier for us to teach students who are completely new to Taiji, as this means there will be no interference from previous experience. This course teaches both Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method and Hunyuan Taiji and is intended to teach both systems with a focus of the listed routines in specific.
The Level Three Instructor Certificate is an overall certificate which, if received following testing, will indicate your level of ability in Taijiquan and in teaching. The specific course(s) that you are qualified to teach will be listed on your certificate.
There will be guest masters visiting the mountain to teach during the time of the full time course. These seminars are free for three-month full-time students, and will include Erlu (Cannon Fist), broadsword and straight sword. They may additionally include any of the following, depending on the availability of the masters and teachers:
- Chinese Language basic course. (This will be taught daily.)
- Basic Chinese medicine, taught by Cai Shengye (taiji master and director of the Shandong Provincial Medical Research Council). Over the course of the three-month full-time course, it is planned that Master Shengye will give several one-week courses.
- Chinese massage
- Taiji Big Sword (Guan Dao)
- Xing Yi
Hope this answers your questions. Please feel free to ask any additional questions in the comments, or through an email.