MoonWillow Tai Chi & Wellness

Healing Movement for Every Body

Tai Chi Teacher Training Program

facilitated by Allison Deputy, Certified Tai Chi Master Instructor 
American Tai Chi & Qigong Association

Whether you are looking to expand health and wellness offerings in your personal life or business or 
seeking a truly positive career change, think about what Tai Chi Teacher Training can do for you!

Chair Tai Chi


5-Week Certification Program

with Allison Deputy

Sunday Afternoons 
Oct 21 - Dec 2, 2018    Fee: $295 
Sign up by Sept 21st and Save $30! Only $265

(No sessions 10/28 or 11/25)
**NEW** Refresher Only Option for previously certified:

$195 ($175 by 9/21/18)!

Private & Group Training Available on YOUR SCHEDULE, Contact Allison at (847) 458-0377

Developed by Allison Deputy over an 18-year period, Chair Tai Chi is now actively used in assisted living and health care/rehabilitation centers across suburban Chicago. This program is a blend of Yang Style Tai Chi forms (singled out for adaptability in a seated position), Shaolin muscle and sinew exercises, qigong (“chee-kung”) detoxing techniques, hand/finger/eye exercises, as well as healing visualization. Benefits: Chronic pain reduction, improved flexibility, range of motion, posture, blood pressure, sleep, digestion, and immunity. Relieves stress, anxiety, and aids in overall well-being. Chair Tai Chi is a unique therapeutic modality to offer in any senior or healthcare facility.


Week 1 - Oct 21 2:30-5:00 PM:  Intro to Chair Tai Chi Program; Overview of Standard Seated

                                                      Routine; Testing Requirements

Week 2 - Nov 4, 3:00-5:00 PM:  Practice/Refinement of Standard Seated Routine

Week 3 - Nov 11, 3:00-5:00 PM:  Standard Routine w/Added Chair Assisted Exercises

Week 4 - Nov 18, 3:00-5:00 PM:  Standard Routine w/Supplemental Exercises; Adapted Program

                                                      for Wheelchair-Bound/Healthcare Facilities

Week 5 - Dec 2, 1:00-6:00 PM   Testing/Certification (Assigned time blocks of 30 min. each; time

                                                      frame may be adjusted depending on number of participants)

Questions? Call Allison directly at (847) 458-0377 or email her at [email protected]

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Space is limited - Reserve your spot TODAY!

Personal and Private Group Training Available
on YOUR SCHEDULE - Contact Allison for more details,
(847) 458-0377

Level 2: Yang 108 First Section Long Form

Prerequisites: Minimum 100 hrs Tai Chi training (in regular classes and/or Level 1 Training Program, Memorization/Testing in Master Warm-Up and 12-Step Yang Style Short Form)

8 Weeks - 30 Hours Cost: $595 (Includes Kit – Binder w/Tabbed Notes, DVD or Voucher)
Register by April 2nd, 2018 and save $100! Only $495!

Summer 2018 – Young Masters in Woodstock IL
Saturday Afternoons

June 2nd - Aug 11th, 2018
(no sessions 6/16, 7/7, 7/28)

Location: Young Masters Martial Arts & Fitness, 110 S. Johnson Street, Woodstock IL


(Some elements subject to change due to specific group needs and interests;
in case of inclement weather, session meetings will be rescheduled)

WEEK 1: Jun 2, 2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – Course Intro & Overview, Moves #10-12

Introduction: Getting Acquainted/What to Expect/1st Section Demo
Master Warm-Up & Mother Forms + NEW Exercise: Snake Hands
Components: #10 Long Hand/Short Hand (isolated & inclusive)
#11 Single Whip (isolated & inclusive)
#12 Single Whip Stance (Proper footwork/positioning)
#10-12 Practice
1st Section Practice & Refinement; Q+A

WEEK 2: Jun 9, 2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – “Moves #13-17”

Master Warm-Up (student volunteer) + Snake Hands Practice
Review: Moves #10-12, Q&A, Corrections
Components: #13-15 Raised Hands Posture (Strike 1, 2, & Gathering)
#16 Kick (w/isolated back leg control practice)
#17 Take Opponent Down
1st Section Practice/Refinement; Q&A

*** No session June 16th, Fathers Day weekend ***

WEEK 3: Jun 23, 2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – “Moves #18-19”

Master Warm-Up - Intro: Scholar Unrolls Scroll
Review: Moves #10-17, Q&A, Corrections
Components: #18 Lean Forward/Shoulder Strike (isolated practice)
#19 Stork Spreads Its Wing (palm strike isolated)
1st Section Practice/Refinement; Q&A

WEEK 4: Jun 30, 2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – “Moves #20-23”

Master Warm-Up/Practice Scholar Unrolls Scroll
Review: Moves #10-19, Q&A, Corrections
Components: #20-Brush Knee Twist (isolated – Walk), #21 Play Pei Pa,
#22-23 Brush Knee Sequence & Practice
1st Section Practice/Refinement; Q&A

*** No session July 7, Fourth of July weekend ***

WEEK 5: Jul 14, 2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – “Moves #24-28”

Master Warm-Up/Intro Butterfly Stretch
Review: Moves #10-23, Q&A, Corrections
Components: #24 Deflect Downward, #25 Parry, #26 Punch, #27 Apparent Close-Up, #28 Push
1st Section Practice/Refinement; Q&A

WEEK 6: July 21, 2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – “Moves #29-30”

Master Warm-Up/Practice Butterfly Stretch
Review: Moves #10-28, Q&A, Corrections
Components: #29 Return to Beginning Stance, #30 Cross the Hands
1st Section Practice/Refinement/Start Student Leads; Q&A

                                     *** No session July 28th for pending workshop ***

WEEK 7: Aug 4, 2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – “1st Section Practice, Evaluation, Begin Testing”

Master Warm-Up/Practice of New Exercises
Review: 1st Section, Q&A, Corrections
Break-Out Sessions: Student Led Practice Groups, Q&A, Testing

WEEK 8: Aug 11, 2:00-5:30 PM (4.5 Hrs) – “1st Section Practice, Testing, Certification”

Master Warm-Up/Practice New Exercises
1st Section Form Review, Silent Practice
Break-Out Sessions: Practice Testing
Testing of 1st Section Form Memorization & Verbal Leading – Certification! 

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Tai Chi Training Program FAQs

Why become a Tai Chi instructor (as opposed to Yoga, Zumba, or other exercise modalities)?
Because the interest and need for qualified Tai Chi instructors has surged in recent years due to increased exposure from print and online media, as well as growing support from the medical field – more interest currently than there are teachers! Hence, your ability to find classes of your own should be fairly easy. In some cases MoonWillow can even help to place you.

How much does a Tai Chi instructor make?
Starting pay, depending on the facility you are working for, is usually $30/hour. MoonWillow pays its instructors at Young Masters $35/hour. You can also teach private groups and set your own rate.

What can I expect from my investment in this program?
At $30/hour, working only one class per week, you will recover your initial (Level 1) investment within 6 months. Then there are the many physical and spiritual benefits that are priceless. As with anything else, you will get out of it what you put into it. Long Form instruction (Levels 2-4) of course requires more time and investment, but the same applies for each level. A fully certified Level 4 instructor working only 3 classes per week will earn back their entire investment (about $2500) in 6 months. Not bad! Of course, those who are looking to add Tai Chi to their martial arts or fitness studio offerings will only increase revenues, as Tai Chi is becoming more in demand.

Do I have to teach if I’m certified? What if I just want to deepen my understanding of Tai Chi?
Anyone is welcome to join the program. You are not obligated to get out there and teach once you receive your certificate. But it will be there should you change your mind in the future.

Are there any requirements to maintain my certification going forward?
It is always a good idea to continue your training in some fashion, even if it is not at MoonWillow. There are many Tai Chi and Qigong systems to learn if you wish (including weapons forms, etc.). MoonWillow does offer “Masters Workshops” periodically to refine your skills, which you are strongly encouraged to attend, but it is not currently a requirement.

What if I want to start my own Tai Chi studio or Wellness Center that includes Tai Chi? What is MoonWillow’s stand on competition?
MoonWillow is not overly concerned with competition. It would be a good idea, however, to be sure your intended facility is located in an area (county, city, or village) that does not currently offer Tai Chi, so you can fill a need where it exists. Good intentions usually yield good results, and MoonWillow can’t be everywhere – that’s where you come in!