ROBERT GEMMELL FIVE STEP TEACHING SYSTEM
The Robert Gemmell Teaching system
has been adopted at more than 100 separate locations
throughout New Zealand. Also taught in Australia
the system involves a balanced training programme
according to level, age and fitness level.
FIVE STEP LEARNING PROGRAMME allows
for a new student to learn the forms in a modular
process. Sitting down is the First Step.
No difficult foot manoeuvres at this step. This
is followed by stationary Standing Technique
at which point the already learned forms are now
prepared for advancement. Step Three
includes the single stance training which is designed
to develop strength and balance. The Fourth
Step is to apply continuous stepping
along a linear forward direction or stepping sideways.
After this grounding which has proven very successful,
particularly with elderly people the student is
ready to learn the traditional or Modified Long
or Short Forms.
ADVANCED TRAINING PROGRAMMES
All levels are incorporated in
a separate programme according to advancement.
The difference between merely having a Syllabus
and a Programme is that the programmes have the
capacity to be individualised. Learning speed
is a joint decision between student and teacher.
All forms and techniques are
carefully evaluated through the Programme being
used. Once completed another Programme is established.
Typical of any learning facility, graduation is
the evidence of a successful curriculum.
We, the Instructors of Robert
Gemmell Tai Chi New Zealand, take pride in goal
achievement. A record number of students aging
up to ninety years old find enjoyment and health
benefits through their TCNZ practise.