Teacher Support

The T’ai Chi Chih International Foundation was formed: to support the annual T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Conference; to provide scholarship funds for T’ai Chi Chih teacher accreditation and continuing education; and to sponsor events and projects that promote the knowledge of and practice of T’ai Chi Chih worldwide as a service to humanity.

Examples of support to teachers in other countries has included:

  • Free registration fee to attend annual conference in 2021 and 2022 on Zoom

  • Support hosts of teacher training events abroad

Find out more about the Teacher Conference

  • The 2024 International Teacher Conference will be held on July 25-28, 2024 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Learn more about registration and schedule.
  • Past conferences have been held virtually on Zoom in 2021, 2022, & 2023.

Learn more about Scholarships to attend conferences, intensives, teacher accreditation and other events.

Learn more about applying for Grants for projects that promote our practice.

2024 T’ai Chi Chih
International Teacher Conference

  • 00Days
  • 00Hours
  • 00Minutes
  • 00Seconds

50th Anniversary of the origination of T’ai Chi Chih practice
July 25-28, 2024
Albuquerque, New Mexico

T'ai Chi Chih International Foundation Scholarship Program

Scholarship funds are available for teachers and aspiring teachers who may not be able to afford the full fee to attend Intensives, Teacher Accreditation training, Seijaku Accreditation course, and annual Teacher Conference. The Foundation sets aside funds (donated by teachers and students) for scholarships but does not handle the process of awarding them to individuals. Limited scholarship funds are available for each event.

Contact the host of each event to find out the fees and process to apply for a scholarship. Find events on taichichih.org/events/

Scholarship recipient testimonials:

T'ai Chi Chih International Foundation Grant Program

The T’ai Chi Chih International Foundation offers grants annually to support projects that enhance awareness of T’ai Chi Chih through demonstration, participation, and awareness initiatives.


  • Projects should not result in direct financial gain for the recipient.
  • The grant should not exclusively benefit the teacher, such as solely increasing their class enrollments.
  • Upon project completion, the teacher is required to submit an article to the Vital Force Journal summarizing the project and its outcomes.
  • To apply for the grant, download the Grant Application form (PDF). 

gRANT recipient testimonials:

Four teachers, Anita Vestal, Jessica Lewis, Adam Lacey, and Sokie Lee, benefitted from a T’ai Chi Chih International Foundation grant to participate in the inaugural Science of T’ai Chi and Qigong (TCQ) as Whole Person Health Conference sponsored by the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine of Harvard Medical School in September 2023.

Top medical researchers informed attendees of how TCQ studies have proven efficacy for a long list of physical and psychological conditions. Most of the research has been based on the ancient forms of T’ai Chi. However, T’ai Chi Chih, one of the so-called “simplified forms,” had strong research backing from UCLA researchers who related successful results.

About 40 participants attended an experiential session and T’ai Chi Chih presenters talked with an estimated 20%-25% of the participants afterward. This presentation opened up future research opportunities.

A grant from the TCC Foundation allowed Sr. Christa Thompson of Aston, PA, to make copies of a DVD highlighting students from 1st – 8th grade doing T’ai Chi Chih. Through interviews it demonstrated the impact the practice had on the elementary students in their daily lives.

These DVDs were given to each teacher at an annual teacher conference. Since then, Sister Christa has received numerous requests from other teachers throughout the USA for the DVD to help them in beginning to teach children and to promote the benefits of TCC for children.