Online Class Waiver

We live in a world that is quite different from the ideals I see in T’ai Chi. In this world, I need to have insurance to protect myself, and in many cases, to be able to teach classes. Also in this world, the insurance company will only protect me if I have a waiver form filled with rather legalistic language.

Therefore, I need to require you to read and accept the waiver form below before you can join the class.

I know it is not the most fun thing in the world, but necessary in this world just the same. Thank you for understanding.

    Liability, Waiver of Claims, and Model Release Form


    Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risk: I, the undersigned, intend to participate in class(es) offered or instructed by Jonathan Woodward (the releasee). I am aware that deep contemplation, physical contact and the risk of injury and emotional stress are inherent in the practice of meditation, movement, qigong, martial and other arts taught by the releasee and/or his assistants. I understand that each person, including myself, has a different capacity to participate in physical activities. I hereby voluntarily assume full responsibility for all risks of loss, damage or injury of any kind that I may sustain, including but not limited to damage to any of my property while preparing for, participating in or from any classes or events offered by the releasee, whether those classes are presented in person or online. I assume any and all risks of injury associated with or in any manner related to my use of any exercise equipment or props used in class. I assume full responsibility for my choices to use or apply, at my own risk, any information or instruction I receive, whether during class or outside of class. I have not requested or received any warranties as to the effectiveness of this training.

    Medical Disclaimer: I acknowledge that the releasee is not a medical doctor and that his teachings are not a substitute for the advice of a physician or psychotherapist. I understand that it is my responsibility to monitor my own activity level and participation, and that I will stop, modify or delay my participation based on my own discretion. I understand that it is advisable that I should consult my healthcare provider before participating in any class or training with the releasee. I understand if for any reason the releasee and/or his assistants deem there may be any potential safety risks for any reason whatsoever, I agree to leave the class and or course without recourse and suspend training until further notice.

    Full Release of All Claims, Including Negligence: I hereby release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue hosts, venue and/or the releasee and/or his assistants, from all liability of any kind, to the undersigned for any and all injury loss or damage which may be suffered by me, or to my property, because of any matter, thing or condition, negligence or default whatsoever, while preparing for or participating in any class(es) or event(s) offered by the releasee. This waiver and release agreement is intended to be as broad as is allowed under the applicable law and applies to any and claims for damages, regardless of whether they are allegedly caused by the negligence of the releasee.

    Photography, Audio, Video and Model Release: Throughout the class(es) or event(s) being held on or behalf of Jonathan Woodward, photographs, audio recordings and/or videos may be taken to use for such purposes as in archives, instructional aids, promotional material and website applications. The following grants permission and full unlimited rights in perpetuity to the use of your image and/or likeness thereof in such photographs, audio recordings and videos.

    In consideration for participating in the class(es) or event(s), I hereby grant Jonathan Woodward, his agents, successors and assigns, all persons acting under his permission or authority or those for whom it is acting, from any liability by virtue of any blurring, distortion, intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in the taking of said images, photographs, audio recording and/or videos or in any processing tending toward the completion of the finished product, unless it can be shown that they and the publication thereof were maliciously caused, produced and published solely for the purpose of subjecting me to conspicuous ridicule, scandal, reproach, scorn and indignity.