- Advance the practice and understanding of each of the 7 postures of the Adaptive Tai Chi for Veterans program, including the sitting, standing, walking and wheelchair forms
- Provide an introduction to the martial arts application of these 7 movements and the opportunity for practicing these applications
- Discuss way of applying the knowledge of the martial arts implications of the Tai Chi movement with Veteran participants to promote a sense of empowerment
- Discuss the methods of using Tai Chi practice as a narrative approach to engage proactive thinking and practice among Veteran practitioners
- Facilitate group discussion on the applications of this program in improving both physical and mental wellbeing of Veterans in both clinic and non-clinic settings including the use of the Telehealth
- Discuss a plan for forming an Adaptive Tai Chi Chuan for Veterans Alliance. The Alliance will provide leadership in engaging a systematic and organized promotion of Adaptive Tai Chi Chuan Veterans program in the country
The Training Program
The Dr. Zibin Guo’s Applied Tai Chi ProgramTM (Adaptive Tai Chi for Veterans Program) is an innovative approach to Tai Chi Chuan, an evidence based traditional healing and martial art, accessible and beneficial to people with all health conditions. Employing a narrative approach, this program is uniquely adaptable to people of all abilities, using the same Tai Chi form/ movement sequences in four different methods, namely: 1) standing, 2) sitting, 3) walking, and 4) wheelchair methods. By integrating the wheelchair motions (the rolling and turning of the chair) with the dynamic, gentle, and flowing movements of Tai Chi Chuan, the practice not only provides practitioners a sense of command of space empowerment, but also transforms the wheelchair from an assistive device to a tool of empowerment and artistic expression.
Since 2016, funded by the Adaptive Sports Grant program of USVA, Dr. Zibin Guo, Dr. William Johnson and the instructor’s team have been promoting this program through the VA healthcare system. They have conducted the instructor training workshop at 25 VA Medical Centers across the country. More than 300 hundred VA health care providers participated in one of the 3-day training sessions and many of them have already begun to apply this program in both clinical and non-clinical settings. The overwhelming positive response from trainers and Veterans to this program has been noticed and reported on by media at both the regional and national levels.
Friday November 15: Onsite Registration: 8:30 am
Training: 9:00 am to 4 pm (with an hour lunch break)
Saturday November 16: Training: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
The 2-day training will be conducted on the campus of University of Tennessee Chattanooga
University Center: 710 E. 5th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403
Room: Chattanooga A & B
Parking for the University Center is located along E. 5th Street (if available) or in the E. 5th Street Parking Garage. When parking along E. 5th Street you should not park on any yellow curbs.
Airport: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport – Lovell Field (CHA) is five miles east of Downtown Chattanooga where the University of Tennessee Chattanooga is located.
Chattanooga is about 2 hours driving distance from Nashville (TN), Knoxville (TN), and Atlanta (GA).
There are numerous hotels in downtown Chattanooga which are convenient to the University. Most honor the government/federal rate; inquire when booking.
November 15 & 16, 2019
$275 through October 15
$325 After October 15
The fee includes:
- The 2 day course
- 1.2 Training CEUs
- Training t-shirt
- Instructional DVD
- Certificate of course completion
This 2-day training will be conducted by Dr. Zibin Guo, Dr. William Johnson and the instructors’ team.