Question
What will happen if I can't download any of the attachments?
Answer
Contact your tutor either by email or phone and you will be sent the attachment by post.

Question
How many repetitions of each movement should be done?
Answer
That is up to you but when teaching health classes you would repeat each exercise 6 times. Movements 11,12 & 13 are often repeated 12 times, and movement 16 only 3 times in each direction.

Question
Why are the 3 bow stance movements repeated 12 times?
Answer
These movements in particular, increase the heart rate if a larger number of reps are performed with controlled breathing. Because you are using Shibashi for health groups, it is a good way to add a 'cardiac exercise' to the routine. 6 or 12 reps for these movements is up to you, when you know the capabilities of your class.


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Does it matter which leg I use first for movements 11-13?
Answer
Start with the left leg. Some sets of Shibashi only use the bow stance movements for the left leg. This is because, according to TCM theory, the left side of our body governs the blood while the right side governs the qi. Since blood travels much slower than qi, we step forward with the left foot.
Master Wing Cheung suggests that if you are doing this qigong twice, you can use your right foot to step forward during the 2nd set of movements.
As these exercises will be carried out by health groups, experience has shown that they can only manage, or find time, to perform one set of the movements. This, combined with the fact that a number of the learners will have heart or circulation problems, or need to work on both sides for muscle conditions, is the reason for recommending that movements 11 - 13 are carried out on both legs.
But.......... as you know the reasoning behind this, it will be up to you.

Question
How long should it take to do the 18 movements?
Answer
If the indicated number of reps are performed with correct speed, the set of movements will take about 20 minutes. This, plus a 10 minute warm up, allows learners to do the current 30 minutes recommended exercise time. Do not make your learners work at YOUR speed of breathing though. Those new to Shibashi will need to work quicker. When teaching a 1 hour class it is easy to 'fill' the time. A\ longer warm up session, a cool down session plus some work on weight change etc, will fill the 1 hour.
 
Question
In the warm up exercises, should we complete a full neck roll?
Answer
Full neck rolls are 'outlawed' in exercise classes. Although it is normal practice in 'traditional' Tai Chi warm ups, it is definitely something that we strongly advise against.

Question
In relation to the time taken to carry out the 18 movements, how slowly should we breathe?
Answer
This will depend on your own ability and lung capacity. To begin with you will probably perform the exercises at a faster rate than when you are experienced.
When teaching, it is much better to work at a pace that is suitable for your group. Don't make them work to your pace. Just remember that the movements should be performed in time with the breathing rather than the other way round.
When you watch the DVD you will notice that I normally say 'breathe out' first. This is because I can't talk at the same time as breathing in! It's a chicken and egg scenario - You have to breathe in first before you can breathe out and visa versa!
If you have watched Master Wing perform Shibashi you will have noticed that he performs the movements quite quickly. His reason for this is because beginners will perform at a faster speed to those who are more experienced. ( Can perform abdominal breathing at a slower rate.)


Question

I have problems understanding what is required for my assignments. What does working at Ascentis Level 3 involve?

Answer
Level 3 assignments generally ask you to analyse and evaluate rather then describe and illustrate.
Usually a suitable analysis is one where you look at a certain issue then break it down into different parts. This is the 'standard' that is expected of a Level 3 Instructor.
For example -
2.2 Analyse and evaluate ways of teaching movements for inclusion of disability and reduced mobility.
Here you should mention a variety of specific disabilities. You would need to say what the disability is with regard to some or all the Shibashi movements, then analyse what this means to both you and the learner. You need to evaluate your action.
A good example of one disability is that someone with no or very little sight will have spatial awareness problems so what are the specific problems and how would you compensate for this?
You always need to ensure that you keep your information related to Shibashi or make the connection in some obvious way. Any other information that you provide will not necessarily help to show your competence.

The links to other websites are included to help you gain a deeper understanding and complete the assignments to a correct level.

Question
Why does Master Wing perform his movements lower and deeper? Our DVD shows higher movements that are not so 'dynamic'.
Answer
This is because the Ascensis qualification prepares you for teaching all people, whatever their mobility. Teaching for inclusion is actually more difficult than teaching a group of people without any problems so we prepare you for this. For this reason we need to ensure that you are qualified to cope with all members of the public. Inclusion is a high profile issue these days and all acceptable qualifications need to include this. It's also about equal opportunities - have you ever had someone attend a class because they have heard that Tai Chi is good for their health and then found out that the instructor can't or doesn't know how to include them?


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Are we expected to perform an 'inclusive' session for our final practical?
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Yes. You will be assessed on your ability to deliver an inclusive session as this is more difficult than delivering a session to people with no health or mobility problems. All associated health & safety will need to be talked about as you demonstrate the movements. More details of the final assessment can be found on those pages.