TTC Code of Conduct
All persons participating in a class or course conducted by TTC must agree to be bound by this Code of Conduct. TTC reserves the right to make amendments or additions to this Code of Conduct at any time.
The Taiji Centre (TTC) has as its key objectives:
- Providing instruction in a safe environment in the recreational activity of Taiji (Tai Chi).
- Developing the mental and physical tools for improving personal well being via the study of Taiji.
- Promotion of good health and vitality.
- Development of positive self-esteem and self-confidence.
A.2 Participant Understanding
Taiji (Tai Chi) as instructed by the TTC, is a low impact, physical exercise activity but not a contact martial art. This means it does not involve by demonstration, or otherwise, any physical contact with any other practitioners in ways designed to simulate possible self- defence options available to a practitioner when confronted with physical aggression and/or threatening behaviour. However as in any other physically demanding recreational activity, there is always a risk of injury. Any person participating in a class conducted by TTC does so with the full understanding that whilst it is the policy of TTC to minimise this risk, the nature of physical activity prevents its total elimination. Persons participating in a class conducted by TTC do so of their own volition and at their own risk.
A.3 Instructor Qualifications
- All unsupervised Instructors must have either a current National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) accreditation or National Martial Arts Instructor Accreditation Scheme (NIAS) accreditation.
- All unsupervised Instructors are bound by the “Instructors Code of Ethics” of the Martial Arts Industry Association.
- All unsupervised Instructors must have current WorkCover approved Senior First Aid certification.
- All unsupervised Instructors must have in place appropriate and separate public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
- All Instructors will be bound by this Code of Conduct and the National Code of Practise for Martial Arts Instructors
- Instructors will ensure that the practice area is clear of any dangerous and/or sharp objects/obstructions that may provide a risk of injury.
- Instructors will have access at all times to a fully equipped first aid kit. The kit will be of the minimum standard of a St Johns Industrial First Aid Kit or equivalent.
- All persons participating in agree to maintain self-control at all times and maintain all care in the demonstration of any technique.
- Any person who exhibits behaviour that, in the judgement of the Instructor, is a danger to him/herself or other participants, shall not be allowed to continue until the Instructor determines the danger is no longer present.
A.5 Class Etiquette
- Persons must be punctual, preferably early, so that they are ready to commence at the designated time. The warm-up section integral to the course program and compulsory. Late comers must complete the ‘basic’ warm-up as advised, before joining in the class proper.
- Persons must not chew gum after session begins.
- Water (own plastic bottle) is advised for use during the session, but must be consumed and stored away from the practice area. Food must not be consumed during the session unless agreed by prior arrangement.
- Mobile phones must be turned off during training. Alternative arrangements such as vibration alerts, are to be considered ahead of seeking special approval for ‘on call status’ from the instructor.
A.6 Uniforms & Training Gear
- All Persons must wear appropriate and supportive footwear and non-constrictive clothing (as advised) whilst participating.
- A towel may be useful in warmer weather and a filled water bottle is essential.
A.7 Sickness or Injury
- Persons must not attend if they are suffering from the flu or other viral infection that may be passed on to other persons.
- Persons must advise the Instructor if suffering from any injury or medical condition, either permanent or temporary, which may be adversely affected by physical exercise. Some examples of this may include blood pressure problems and cardiac disorders, neck and back injuries, diabetes and asthma.
- If requested by the Instructor, persons with the above or like conditions must show this Code of Conduct to their physician and secure a medical certificate clearly stating that the person is able to participate in classes conducted by the Taiji Centre and whether there are any restrictions or conditions applicable.
A.8 Other Health Issues
- Persons must not attend training under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Smoking is not permitted inside the building or near any access way to it.
- Participants must give proper attention to personal hygiene and exhibit clean grooming and where advised, nails to be kept trim.
- Persons with any cut or bleeding injury must advise instructor immediately and receive appropriate first aid. Rejoining the training session will not be allowed until the instructor has deemed that is safe to do so.
- Persons administering first aid to a person suffering a cut or bleeding injury must wear protective gloves.
A.9 Class Ethics
- Persons must always be courteous and helpful to each other.
- Any physical contact between persons who are practising must be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the skill development of those persons.
- Sexual harassment, defined as being where a person is subjected to unwanted or uninvited sexual behaviour, will not be tolerated.
- Any form of discrimination based on sex, ethnic origin, language, colour, or other form of differentiation will not be tolerated.