Teacher Certification

Teacher certification is how prospective instructors show their commitment to professional development as martial arts teachers. When you obtain the necessary teaching credentials, it doesn’t only convey your intention. Still, it also validates the level of mastery that you have achieved through dedication, time, and hard work — That’s true gōngfu. Our goal in offering teacher certification aspires to that. The certification process should demonstrate your physical skills and technique, knowledge of intent, proper body mechanics, and body and mind connection, including the cultural and historical origin of the martial arts you have decided to teach. In addition, it ensures and maintains the integrity of the discipline, which the teachers must pass on to their prospective students.

If teaching is your passion, you can become a certified Daoist Wudang Arts teacher of Kung Fu, Qigong, and Taiji. Instruction and practice from Master Zhou or Wudang Daoist Gate certified instructors are required before the certification process begins. If you reside in an area where there is no physical access to Daoist Gate certified instructors, then you can do the following: 

  1. Learn the lessons online where Master Zhou offers online learning
  2. Study under Shifu’s weekend, week-long, and month-long workshops in Xuan Ju Daoist Gate Center in NH. 
  3. Study and participate in workshops conducted regularly by Master Zhou in places around the country, such as in Delaware or abroad in Poland and Hungary.
5 DISTINCTIVE WUDANG MARTIAL ARTS DISCIPLINES

The Teacher Certification consists of 5 distinctive Wudang Martial Arts disciplines:

  • Wudang Taiji
  • Four Season Qigong
  • Bagua Zhang
  • XingYi Quan
  • Wudang Kung Fu and Weapons
TEACHER CERTIFICATION IN A NUTSHELL
  • Inform Master Zhou of your interest
  • Study and complete the required number of hours and classes to acquire skill proficiency according to the teaching standard set up by Master Zhou
  • When hours are met, submit a personal statement
  • Prepare and schedule testing
  • Place teaching skills into practice by reaching out to the community to teach or online instruction through the teacher-in-training program by the Daoist Gate Center, our non-profit organization
TEACHER RECERTIFICATION

Teaching martial art necessitates spending continuous time studying, understanding, and improving your practice and teaching. Therefore, recertification is essential to maintain the integrity and highest quality of your qualification as a Wudang Martial Arts teacher. Daoist Gate requires that every teacher instructing on Wudang Martial Arts be recertified every two years.

TEACHER’S STATEMENT

One of the essentials before certification or recertification is a written personal statement of your intent and purpose. Master Zhou believes that he can best mentor and teach you and meet your needs if he understands your goals, experiences, challenges, and aspirations as a student. Therefore, using a holistic approach, Master Zhou will look at your physical abilities and the overall journey you have taken to reach the road where you are now. The written statement should be typed in a double-spaced document no more than 5 pages long.  

   Include your unique background, identity, interest, or talent. Here are some questions that may assist you in writing your statement. 

  1. Describe a Wudang Martial Art movement that captivates you. The movement is so engaging that it has become your favorite. Why does it absorb you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  2. Reflect on a time when you questioned your training. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  3. Describe the time when you have put a personal mark on your training. There is no wrong answer here, no matter the reason and scale. It can be a novel movement that you incorporate to energize your training further. Or it can be doing your training in a garden or on a mountain top. Explain its significance to you. 
  4. In what other ways do you intend to use your knowledge of Wudang Martial Arts to assist yourself and others in the community? 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

To meet the requirement of certification, Master Zhou believes that it is necessary to provide a forum for his student teacher in training to hone their skills, build their confidence, and develop empathy with learners who may struggle to learn hard to understand these centuries-old practices. If the goal of the Daoist Gate is to spread these healing arts, what is even more appropriate than an outreach to the community where they reside? Concurrently, teachers-in-training have given hundreds of hours of teaching for free or by donation in the local community: introducing Taiji and qigong to seniors in senior centers and other public spaces like parks and libraries. In addition, our community outreach extends to Zoom teach-ins – serving those who would like to learn across states.

TESTING AND DEMONSTRATION COST

Every test with Master Zhou towards earning a teacher certification or recertification costs $300.00 per test for each category for which the student wishes to be certified. This modest fee guarantees that Master Zhou will carve out time and provide a thorough review, grading, and feedback to earn your certification.




Taiji Teacher Certification Requirement

WUDANG TAIJI MOVEMENTS You should demonstrate proficiency in these 5 Taiji Movements
武当太极28式    Wudang Taiji i(28)
武当太极108式  Wudang Taiji (108)
武当太极13式    Wudang Taiji (13)
武当太极剑        Wudang Taiji Sword 
太乙五行拳        Tai Yi Five Elements
REGULAR STUDENTS
REQUIRED NUMBER OF TAIJI CLASSES ATTENDED216 hours of Taiji Classes or an equivalent of 2 years of continuous classes
REQUIRED NUMBER OF FREE TEACHING CLASSES AS A COMMUNITY OUTREACHTeach 60 Wudang Taiji classes 
STUDENTS WITH PREVIOUS TAIJI EXPERIENCE IN ANOTHER STYLE
REQUIRED NUMBER OF TAIJI CLASSES ATTENDED 108 hours of Wudang Taiji Classes or an equivalent of 1 year of continuous
classes from a Daoist Gate Certified Instructor 
REQUIRED NUMBER OF FREE TEACHING CLASSES AS A COMMUNITY OUTREACHTeach 30 WudangTaiji classes 
     Once you have successfully completed the required classes mentioned above, you can set a time for testing and demonstration.



Xing Yi Teacher Certification Requirement

XING YI MOVEMENTS You should be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following Xing Yi Movements:

五行(形)Five Elements: 

劈 Pi  – Chopping
崩 Beng  – Bursting
钻 Zuan  – Drilling
炮 Pao –   Cannon 
橫 Heng  – Crossing

十二形 Twelve Animal Forms 

龍  – Dragon
虎-  Tiger
猴 – Monkey
馬 – Horse
鸡 – Chicken
燕 – Swallow
鹞  – Sparrow Hawk
蛇  – Snake
鹰 – Eagle
熊 – Bear
鼍 –  Water Strider 
鸵 -(鸟台) Ostrich

REGULAR STUDENTS
REQUIRED NUMBER OF Xing Yi CLASSES ATTENDED216 hours of Xing Yi classes or an equivalent of 2 years of continuous classes
REQUIRED NUMBER OF FREE TEACHING CLASSES AS A COMMUNITY OUTREACHTo serve as a XingYi teacher assistant for 3 months or teach 36 free Baguazhang classes. 
     Once you have successfully completed the required classes mentioned above, you can set a time for testing and demonstration.



Bagua Zhang Certification Requirement

BAGUAZHANG LIST OF MOVEMENTS  武当八卦掌(谱)
You should demonstrate proficiency in the following Baguazhang movements:
单换掌 (Dan Huan Zhang) – Single Palm Change
双换掌 (Shuang Huan Zhang) – Double Palm Change 
托天掌 (Tuo Tian Zhang) – Supporting the Heavens Palm 
转身掌 (Zhuan Shen Zhang) – Turning Body Palm
顺势掌 (Shun Shi Zhang) – Following Palm / Flowing Palm
磨盘掌 (Mo Pan Zhang) – Millstone Palm / Grinding Stone Palm 
下势掌 (Xia Shi Zhang) – Downward Palm 
双穿掌 (Shuang Chuan Zhang) – Double Piercing Palm

REGULAR STUDENTS
REQUIRED NUMBER OF BAGUAZHANG CLASSES ATTENDED216 hours of Baguazhang classes or an equivalent of 2 years of continuous classes
REQUIRED NUMBER OF FREE TEACHING CLASSES AS A COMMUNITY OUTREACHTo serve as a Baguazhang teacher assistant for 3 months or teach 36 free Baguazhang classes. 
   Once you have successfully completed the required classes mentioned above, you can set a time for testing and demonstration.


Wudang Kung Fu Teacher Certification

List of Wudang Classic Forms
基本套路Ji ben tao luBasic form
玄功拳Xuan gong quanMysterious effect fist (1-3)
龙化拳Long hua quanChanging dragon form
玄真拳Xuan zhen quanMysterious reality fist
伏虎拳Fu hu quanTiger Taming form
两仪玄武拳Tai yi wu xing quanGreat primordial unity 5 element fist
Weapons
Monk Spade
Fu Chen
Jian Straight Sword
Broadsword
Halberd
Staff
REGULAR STUDENTS
REQUIRED NUMBER OF KUNG FU CLASSES ATTENDED332 hours of Wudang Kung Fu classes or
an equivalent of 3 years of continuous classes from a Daoist Gate Certified Instructor. Show proficiency in three Empty Hand forms and one Wudang weapon. 
REQUIRED NUMBER OF FREE TEACHING CLASSES AS A COMMUNITY OUTREACH To serve as a Wudang Kung Fu teacher assistant for 6 months or teach 60 free Wudang Kung Fu classes for the public. 
STUDENTS WITH PREVIOUS KUNG FU EXPERIENCE IN ANOTHER STYLE
REQUIRED NUMBER OF KUNG FU CLASSES ATTENDED 108 hours of Wudang Kung Fu classes or
continuous and uninterrupted 1 year of classes by a Daoist Gate Certified Instructor (DGCI).
Show proficiency in three forms and one Wudang weapon. 
REQUIRED NUMBER OF FREE TEACHING CLASSES AS A COMMUNITY OUTREACHTeach 30 Wudang Kung Fu classes 
     Once you have successfully completed the required classes mentioned above, you can set a time for testing and demonstration.



Qigong

Four Season Qigong: Summer, Fall, Spring, and Winter Qigong sets for enhancing the Yang Qi.

REGULAR STUDENTS
REQUIRED NUMBER OF QIGONG CLASSES ATTENDED100 hours of Meditation and 108 hours of Qi Gong Classes from a Daoist Gate certified instructor. Complete the Four-Season Qigong classes, Living For Health Qigong, and Wudang Taiji 28 form.
REQUIRED NUMBER OF FREE TEACHING CLASSES AS A COMMUNITY OUTREACHTo serve as a teacher assistant for 6 months or teach 30 Qigong classes.
STUDENTS WITH PREVIOUS QIGONG
EXPERIENCE IN ANOTHER STYLE
REQUIRED NUMBER OF QIGONG CLASSES ATTENDED108 hours of Wudang Qigong classes or an equivalent of 1 year of continuous
classes from a Daoist Gate Certified Instructor (DGCI). Complete the Four-Season Qigong classes, Living For Health Qigong, and Wudang Taiji 28 form.
REQUIRED NUMBER OF FREE TEACHING CLASSES AS A COMMUNITY OUTREACH30 Wudang Qigong classes

Once you have successfully completed the required classes mentioned above, you can set a time for testing and demonstration.



For more questions, please reach out to: info@daoistgate.com