TAI CHI N.Z.
is the only complete martial arts teaching system
currently available in
New Zealand and was first documented
in 1982 with the Robert Gemmell “Instructors
quickly appreciated the need to back the success
of his school with an Administration
that identified each stage of student development
from Introductory through to Advanced. Creating
three main levels he established a Multi-Structured
found that when they joined mainstream martial
arts including Tai Chi they predominantly became
immersed in a single level approach to advancement.
The physical challenge was so great that attrition
rates were high.The philosophy then was that only
the strongest survived and the remnants of this
still exists today. The Robert Gemmell Teaching
System identified the failure of Instructors to
revise the traditional approach to martial arts
training which saw many Instructors and schools
go into demise.
In sharp contrast
his System of Teaching set out to preserve the
vital essence of the techniques by carefully structuring
Key Training Building Blocks.
Emphasis was placed upon timely advancement and
evaluation processes that systemised each level
of advancement. Grades were established for students
along with a comprehensive Instructor Level System.
(Modified programmes do not use a grading system)
Instructor Ranking Structure qualifies
each Instructor according to three main attributes
Personal ability within
the art form.
Evidence based Graduation
The Robert Gemmell
5 step teaching programme has
delivered a teaching and administration method
that produces a high level of quality along with
exceptional results. The results are evident in
the large number of students attending RGTCNZ
classes throughout Australasia.
is maintained through a series of Programme Manuals
that list requirements and time frames. This is
backed by a strict Calender of National Teaching
Seminars where Instructors and students come together
to review, improve and set National standard.
These events have
now been run in excess of thirty years and remain
the principle vehicle for dispersing of the Robert
Gemmell Teaching System, unifying
the School and promoting new ideas on troubleshooting.
S.C.F. (Shaolin Chuan Fa Association) the parent
body of Tai Chi New Zealand incorporates all Branches
within a well disciplined National Organisation.
of the Robert Gemmell Teaching System
in the area of competition, have seen his students
win the majority of tournaments entered through
1980 to 2004. This includes first place in the
National (Chinese Martial Arts Association) Tai
Chi Championship. Other non Tai Chi successes
have been recorded also How the Robert Gemmell
System works is that although winners do emerge
at National Tournament level, at class level everyone
is viewed independently and by using the Manual
and Instructor guidance properly, everyone can
and do excel, thus enjoying the health benefits
of Tai Chi.
Our Health and
Safety policy guarantees a significant
Accident Prevention Plan within each Branch using
the Robert Gemmell System. Creating a world first
Robert Gemmell produced Health and Safety Manuals
that set out and identified hazard areas within
the Martial Arts Industry. Consequently accidents
are maintained at the lowest possible levels.
levels through voluntary group
class setup ensures that students have a user
friendly advancement plan that suits their interest
and learning level.
Five Instructor Levels range from Level One “Instructor”
through “Chief” to “Master Instructors.”
These follow a satisfactory period in the capacity
of “Assistant Instructor.” Robert
Gemmell personally directs all schools in the
chain and works closely with his four hundred
strong Instructor team through his own position
as School Founder and National Training Director.
are well established throughout the SCF schools.
These are also widely accepted by the Instructors
using the system.
Certification of Instructors is recorded on the
Head Office Data Base Register of Instructors.
Ongoing progress and management is also closely
monitored through the National Instructor Register.
issued to every Instructor are highly recognised
and sought after by Trainees or higher levels
within his school. Fulltime Centres can be located
in Auckland,Tauranga Wellington and South Island.
These act to centralise, coordinate, manage and
oversee Branches in each region. There are several
new fulltime centres planned.
Age or physical
handicap that often restricts
individual involvement common with other fitness
or exercise programmes is not seen to be a restrictive
scenario. Robert Gemmell believes and widely promotes
the belief that aging is a natural process and
restrictions need not prohibit anyone from Tai
Chi practise through careful use of alternative
and motivational thinking serves
to revitalise those who through injury may have
slipped into a debilitative mind set. Robert Gemmell
Training Programmes have a long proven record
of rehabilitation through his attitude to “kickstarting”
people who temporarily or for a prolonged period
have fallen through the cracks.
Negative mindsets are quickly challenged through
the Robert Gemmell System.
is offered to any organisation seeking to establish
a high quality programme within the numerous art
forms mastered and taught by Robert Gemmell and
his team of Instructors.
Gemmell has trained frequently in China over a
thirty year period. His most recent training trip
was in October / November 2009.