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MoonWillow Teacher Training Program

facilitated by

Allison Deputy

Certified Tai Chi Master Instructor

American Tai Chi & Qigong Association

Welcome to our Teacher Training & Certification!

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!

COMING SOON... Learn at your own pace program! Stay tuned for details

Level 1 Tai Chi Teacher Training

Yang 12 Short Form

Certification Program On Your Schedule!


with Allison Deputy, Certified Tai Chi Master Instructor, ATCQA

Cost: $595

Chair Tai Chi

Training

5-Week Certification Program

with Allison Deputy

Certified Tai Chi Master Instructor, ATCQA

Next Group Training Dates TBA

Individual Training On Your Schedule Available -

Contact Allison for details! See below


All Sessions conducted via Zoom

You will have access to recorded Zoom sessions for practice!

Fee: $300

**NEW** Refresher Only Option

for previously certified to learn new moves!

Only $200

Private & Group Training Available on YOUR SCHEDULE,

Contact Allison at (847) 308-0469

Developed by Allison Deputy over a 20-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.

CURRICULUM

Session 1 - (2 Hrs) - Intro to Chair Tai Chi Program; Overview of Seated Routine; Testing Requirements

Session 2 - (2 Hrs) - Practice/Refinement of Seated Routine

Session 3 - (2 Hrs) - Standard Routine w/Added Chair Assisted Exercises

Session 4 - (2 Hrs) - Standard Routine w/Supplemental Exercises; Adapted Program for Wheelchair-Bound/Healthcare Facilities

Session 5 - (1 Hr/Each Participant) - 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!

LEARN MORE

Training package includes:

10 1-hr Private Zoom sessions with Allison Deputy 

Printed material where applicable (docs emailed)

Access to Recordings of Training Sessions

Testing/Certification when you are ready, which will include a written/verbal critique of your form highlighting areas of further refinement. Pre-requisite: must be active member in regular Intermediate & Advanced classes during training period

For Levels 2 (1st Section), 3 (2nd Section), 4 (3rd Section) of

Yang 108 Form! 

Cost: $595 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 - 10 Sessions, 2 hours each

 

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 $85/hour. Training fees are non-refundable, but may be transferred to class packs, memberships, or workshops offered through MoonWillow.

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

Level 4 Teacher Training Series:

3rd Section Yang Long Form

Oct 8 - Dec 10, 2022

Saturdays 2:00-4:30 PM (CDT) on Zoom

Training Dates:

Oct 8, 15, 22

Nov 5, 12, 19

Dec 3, 10

Reg Series Cost: $595 - Super Early Bird: $495 by 7/8/22!

Early Bird: $545 by 8/8/22

(Payment Plan Available)

Previously Certified in this Level? Only $395 by 7/8/22, $445 by 8/8/22

The 3rd Section of the Yang 108 Long Form is the final piece of the 3 sections. I have opened these training sessions up to anyone who wants to improve their form, not just teachers in training. If you want to feel more successful in your form, these training sessions can give you much needed detail, connection, and flow. It's all on Zoom, so you can join from anywhere!


Email us for Schedule & Curriculum. This training module also includes 4 private training sessions, to be scheduled with Allison during the training period. All sessions will be recorded for your reference and practice, especially if you happen to miss a session or two.


The movements we will cover in this level include: Fair Lady Works at Shuttles, Snake Creeps Down/Set the 7 Stars, Retreat to Ride Tiger, Shooting Tiger w/Bow, High Pat on Horse, Strike Opponent w/Fists, Fan Through the Back, Strike Opponent in Ears, Tiger Looking Right & Left, and Rotate the Oar.

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. 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.

What if I purchase a training program then change my mind? Can I get my money back?

Sorry, we do not give refunds for training program fees, however we can transfer those fees (or remainder of fees if a portion of training has been completed) to class packs, memberships, workshops, private sessions, or other training programs offered through MoonWillow. 

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 with 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.