It usually takes 9 months – 1 year, depending on the group, to complete the short 18 step form. During this year students also learn finer details and receive precious knowledge about the body from Master Wang at Master Seminars.
There is a special graduation class and certificate of achievement when students finish the form. For those who wish to learn more about internal qi and increase their fitness they can learn the Gong Fu foundation form Lao Jia Yi Lu.
This takes a further 2 years to graduate from [having learned the choreography of the form and some essential principles of how to move the body ]. This form has 6 levels so students at the Galway Tai Chi Academy, unlike many schools who reach only a basic level, can progress with senior coaches to the highest levels in Ireland.
The Academy offers probably the most comprehensive Tai Chi teacher training available with certification for different levels of experience. There also are terms and conditions for undergoing teacher training which a trainee teacher needs to understand and agree to before deciding to commit themselves to the course of study.The Academy usually will discuss these in person with potential trainee teachers.