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!

Level 1 Tai Chi Teacher Training

 Yang 12 Short Form

8-week certification program

Saturday afternoons

 Online Training Available for this Course! Contact Allison for details!

with Allison Deputy, Certified Tai Chi Master Instructor, ATCQA

All New Content! Previously certified MoonWillow instructors
can enhance their knowledge and improve teaching techniques
with the Refresher Option - see more details below!

Whether you are looking to expand health and wellness in your personal life or business, or you are seeking a truly positive career change, see what Tai Chi Instructor Training can do for you! “Best of the Fox” Winners MoonWillow Tai Chi and Young Masters Martial Arts & Fitness in Woodstock, IL are offering a comprehensive Tai Chi Instructor Training program beginning September 2019.

What's New in this Level 1 Program?

Your teacher has been working intensively the past few years learning techniques that bring a whole new dimension to the Yang practice, and now she is ready to share them with you - whether you want to teach or you just want to deepen your practice of this beautiful, healing art...

This NEW Level 1 program will include:

New Additions to the Master Warm-Up

Kua Training

The Six Harmonies

Learning to Move from the Dantien

Wuji Stance

How to Troubleshoot Structure & Alignment in Yourself
& Your Students

Students' Frequently Asked Questions & How to Answer Them

 ALSO, Lectures on:

Chi/Human Energy Field, Acupressure Points,
Yin/Yang Theory, Taoism,
and What is "Real" Tai Chi

All this in addition to intensive training in the 12-movement Yang Style Short Form!
(See complete curriculum below)

Cost: $595 (includes Kit – Tabbed Binder, Course Notes & DVDs/vouchers)

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Payment Plan Available. Questions? Call MoonWillow at (847) 308-0469
or email [email protected]

MoonWillow Tai Chi

Teacher Training Program

ALL NEW! Level 1: Yang 12-Step Form

8 Weeks - 30 Hours Cost: $595 (Includes Kit – Binder, Notes,
Beginning & Master Warmup DVDs or voucher equivalent)

Online Training On Your Schedule Available!
Contact Allison for details!


WEEK 1:  1:00-5:30 PM (4.5 Hrs) – “Tai Chi Essentials” Course Intro & Overview

Introduction: Getting Acquainted/AD Healing Journey with Tai Chi
What Is Tai Chi? History, Styles, Comparison/Contrast to Yoga, etc.
Key Fundamentals: Tantien Breathing, Energy Points, Alignment, 6 Harmonies
Master Warm-Up (w/New Exercises), Wuji Stance, Mother Forms
Lecture: “What is Chi? Introduction to the Human Energy Field”
Tai Chi Walk (i.e. “Empty Step”); Moving from Dantien
Yang Basics: Kua Training, Tai Chi Ball, Stances, Arrow & Bow Walk
Intro to the Yang 12-Step Short Form/Demonstration of Yang 108 Long Form

WEEK 2: 2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – “Moves #1-5 Detail”
Master Warm-Up, Wuji, Mother Forms, & Healing Light Meditation Review & Detail
Focus Points: Alignment, #1-Preparation, #2-Beginning Stance (“side step”) and
Center & Sink, #3-Tai Chi Ball, #4-Turn Tai Chi Ball, Arrow & Bow Walk Review
Yang 12-Step Form “Follow”
Lecture: “Yin/Yang & 5 Element Theory”

WEEK 3: 2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – “Moves #6-9 w/Review & Detail”
Master Warm-Up, Wuji, Mother Forms, Standing/Healing Light Meditation Review & Detail
Review: Moves #1-5, Q&A, Corrections
Focus Points: #6-Ward Off, #7-Roll Back, #8-Press, #9-Push
Yang 12-Step Form “Follow”
Lecture: What is “Real” Tai Chi?

WEEK 4:  2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – “Moves #10-12 w/Review & Detail”
Master Warm-Up, Wuji, Mother Forms, Standing/Healing Light Meditation Review & Detail
Review: Moves #1-9, Q&A, Corrections
Focus Points: #10-Return to Beginning Stance, #11-Inward/Outward, 
#12-Return to Preparation
Yang 12-Step Form Practice/Corrections
Lecture: “Taoism”

WEEK 5:  2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – “12-Step Form Review & Correction”
*** Begin Voluntary Student Leads, Evaluation ***
Master Warm-Up, Wuji, Mother Forms, Healing Light Meditation (Student Leaders)
Yang 12-Step Form Review & Corrections
Troubleshooting Student Form
Silent Practice
Yang 12-Step Form w/Student Leaders Practice/Evaluation

WEEK 6: 2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – “12-Step Form Review, Correction, Evaluation”
Master Warm-Up, Wuji, Mother Forms, Healing Light Meditation (Student Leaders)
Yang 12-Step Form Review & Corrections
Silent Practice
Yang 12-Step Form w/Student Leaders Practice/Evaluation
Lecture: “Mental Kung Fu: The Role of the Mind in Health & Wellness”

WEEK 7: 2:00-5:30 PM (3.5 Hrs) – “12-Step Form Review, Correction, Evaluation 
Master Warm-Up, Wuji, Mother Forms, Healing Light Meditation (Student Leaders)
Yang 12-Step Form Review & Corrections 
Silent Practice
Yang 12-Step Form w/Student Leaders Practice/Evaluation
Lecture: “The 8 Truths of Tai Chi”

WEEK 8:  1:00-5:30 PM (4.5 Hrs) – “12-Step Form Review, Testing, Certification”

Master Warm-Up, Wuji, Mother Forms, Healing Light Mediation (Allison or Student Leaders)
Yang 12-Step Form Review, Silent Practice
Testing of 12-Step Form Memorization & Verbal Leading – Certification 
Lecture: “Teaching Tips, Insurance, Marketing Nuts & Bolts, Student FAQs”

Total Course Hours – 30, plus 36 recommended individual home or class practice hours = 66
Total Hours normally required to obtain liability insurance – 100 (which can be acquired in regular MoonWillow Tai Chi
classes or additional workshops)

Chair Tai Chi


5-Week Certification Program

with Allison Deputy

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Group Training!

Also, Individual Training
On Your Schedule Available! 

Fee: $295 (or $250 group discount)

**NEW** Refresher Only Option 

for previously certified: Only $195 (or only $150 group discount)

Private & Group Training Available on YOUR SCHEDULE, Contact Allison at (847) 308-0469

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

                                                      Routine; Testing Requirements

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

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

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

                                                      for Wheelchair-Bound/Healthcare Facilities

Week 5 -  1:00-? - 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) 308-0469 or email her at [email protected]

Personal and Private Group Training Available
on YOUR SCHEDULE - Contact Allison for more details,
(847) 308-0469

NEW! Tai Chi Teacher Training
on YOUR Schedule!

Individual Certification For Levels 2, 3, & 4

Gain all the training, refinement, and skills necessary for Yang Tai Chi teacher level certification at your own pace! Whether you want to teach, or you just want improve your form in a more concentrated way, this program is for you!

Training package includes: 4 private lessons with Allison Deputy (1.5 hr each), printed material where applicable, Testing/Certification when you are ready, which will include a written/verbal critique of your form highlighting areas of further refinement. For Levels 2 (1st Section), 3 (2nd Section), 4 (3rd Section) of Yang 108 Form. Cost: $495 per Level 

Yang Style 108 Long Form Teacher Training
with Allison Deputy, Certified Tai Chi Master Instructor, ATCQA

Prerequisites: 1) Must have active MoonWillow Tai Chi membership (Basic or Enhanced) during training period 2) Completion of Level 1 Yang 12 Short Form or equivalent

Training Levels:

Level 2 – 1st Section Yang 108 Long Form (Moves #1-30) Preparation - Cross the Hands

Level 3 – 2nd Section 108 Long Form (Moves #31-74) Inward Holding Tiger – Kick w/Sole of Foot 
Single Whip Stance

Level 4 – 3rd Section 108 Long Form (Moves #75-108) Fair Lady Works at Shuttles - End

Goals: To become more familiar and proficient with the movements within the focused level, to memorize and confidently demonstrate the specific Yang section physically and verbally.

Terms: Training package must be used within 6 months of purchase – extensions may be granted under special circumstances. If student feels additional private training is needed for certification, cost will be additional $75/hour.

Questions? Call Allison Deputy at (847) 308-0469 or email [email protected]

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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!