Update of Instructor Registry, March 2017

The Association is proud to announce the advancement in the instructor rank for many members below.


The following members are now Certified Instructors:

Argentina: Sergio Arione

France: Yann Hodges

Italy: Giordano Caltagirone, Cinzia Catena, Giovanna Frosi, Costanza Longo, Sonia Ostrica

Switzerland: Robert Irrausch

USA: Mari Lewis, James Fox, Brian Buchanan, Jane Johnston


The following members are now Academy Instructors:
Greece: Kostas Kotsifakis

Italy: Mario Santoni, Roberto Carchio, Francesco Matera


The following members are now Senior Instructors:

USA: Carl Meeks


Congratulations to all!

Upcoming Events of North American Teacher Academy

Upcoming Events of the North American Teacher Academy Training Division

April 22 & 23, 2017 TTM-1 Academic Program at Maron Hotel in Danbury, CT, USA.

This one day and a half TTM-1 will offer in-depth study on Anatomy and Biomechanics, Chinese Language Basics, and Pedagogy, with lab time for students to master practical application of the material presented at each academic lecture. There will also be review of the 10 Movement Form. Academy members and candidates for the 10 Movement Trainer Certification will earn 18 credits at the end of this program. Also, in the afternoon of April 23rd, Trainer candidates will be able to complete Part A, B evaluation for the certification. For registration and information please contact Mari Lewis: mari@yangfamilytaichi.com.

Push Hands Training

The North American Teacher Academy Training Division will offer an ongoing push hands training program for Certified Instructors, Associate Instructors, and intermediate and beginner push hands students. The first of this training takes place on February 18, 2017 at Bedminster/Montclair IYFTCCA Center in Pottersville NJ, USA. At this training, the focus will be on the preparation of students for level 4 push hands ranking. Future schedule to be announced later.

North American Teacher Academy Membership

All students and Associate Instructors aspiring to obtain Certified Instructor status through the North American Teacher Academy program, are invited to enroll for membership.

All current Certified Instructors and above, who would like to participate in the North American Teacher Academy continuing education program and earn credits to qualify for higher level, are invited to enroll for membership with a one-time registration fee.

Registration form is available on the IYFTCC Association website. For questions about the Teacher Academy, please contact Academy@yangfamilytaichi.com

Martine Salane to Co-Head Dept of Instruction

Dear Directors, Instructors and Members,


It is my pleasure to announce that beginning January 20, 2017,  Martine Salane will take on the position of Co-Head of the Department of Instruction with me.  She will be responsible for the administration of instructor certification, training standards and the Instructor Registry.  I will supervise the Instruction Department in general and Chair both the Instructor Committee and Examination Committee.  I will also continue to oversee the Division of Instruction and Standards overall. 
Martine has been a long-time and dedicated member of the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association and a committee member of the  Michigan Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center with whom I have worked closely over these many years. She holds Rank 6 and currently sits on the Ranking committee of the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association. 
In the past 12 years, Martine has made a significant contribution to her community by donating her time and instructional skills to her local cancer organization. 


With her strong administrative skills, I know that Martine will be excellent in this new position.  Please join me in welcoming Martine as the Instruction Department Co-Head.
Han Hoong Wang
Head, Department of Instruction
Vice President, Instruction and Standards

Martine Salane

Han Hoong-Wang

2017 Requirements for Association Instructors

Dear Directors and Instructors;

This past summer the administrative structure was reorganized to have an Executive Committee of the president and 4 vice-presidents to oversee the organizational and administrative responsibilities of the association. The Executive Committee with the Training Standards Department and the Instructors Committee developed new requirements and procedures for instructors of our association.

The new requirements and procedures are a result of the lessons we learned from the implementation of the now defunct Qualified Instructor Certification Program(QICP) and this past summers Teachers Training Methods 1-Camp (TTM -1 Camp).

Under the leadership and guidance of Grandmaster Yang Jun, a more comprehensive set of requirements to become an association instructor was developed.

Summarized below are the new requirements which take effect January 1, 2017. These changes will be incorporated into Chapter 4-Instructors of the Directors and Instructors Handbook is updated.



Ray Tom

Department of Documents and Procedures


PDF:  2017-instructor-requirements

Asian Headquarters Grand Opening March 2017

I am proud to announce International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association Asian Headquarters Grand Opening will be held in Kunming, Yunnan, China, March 25, 2017. Meanwhile, Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Training Base, Southwest China and Kunming Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center will be established. You are all invited! We will also arrange a tour and a three day Hand Form seminar. You can find all information in attached file.

Please join us and participate in this milestone moment!

Please email me at fanghong@yangfamilytaichi.com if you have any questions.

I am looking forward meeting you all in Kunming!

Best Regards,

Secretary of International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association