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Ralph Dehner performs Yang 53 Saber Form with Professor Wang I'chih at the Tai Chi for Health Annual Conference 2006.

About Ralph Dehner

Ralph Dehner Cincinnati Tai Chi instructor

Ralph Dehner has been studying tai chi and other internal martial arts all his life, with serious practice and teaching beginning in the 1990s. He is also a certified occupational therapy practitioner and brings the healing benefits of tai chi and qi gong to medical and therapeutic settings, working with patients and training allied health professionals to use tai chi and qi gong as part of their practice.

Ralph is an experienced teacher and trainer, balancing traditional tai chi curriculum with encouraging step-by-step instruction that builds confidence and success for students just beginning and those with many years of tai chi experience.

Ralph has been a student of Professor Wang I'chih since 2000 and is currently his senior student. He has been a Master Trainer for Dr. Paul Lam’s internationally known Tai Chi for Health programs since 2005 and has trained many certified instructors in programs such as Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Diabetes, and Tai Chi for Rehabilitation. In this role, he teaches workshops on the therapeutic use of Tai Chi throughout the United States. 

Ralph has studied qi gong with Master Wang Jiwu and received a lineage to teach Crane Flying Qi Gong in 1997. He has taught qi gong in medical and wellness centers across greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

As a passionate promoter of tai chi and qi gong, Ralph has been a keynote speaker and a frequent presenter at state and regional conferences including the International Tai Chi for Health Conference in Seoul, South Korea in 2006. He is frequently interviewed for radio, television, and newspapers on health and wellness.

In addition to tai chi and qi gong, Ralph is a Reiki Master Teacher in Usui, Karuna , Vajarana, and Tibetan Reiki, as well as Pranic Healing and the Orian Healing Technique. He has trained as a face reader with Rose Rosetree and makes presentations on the topic.

About Ralph


  • BS in Holistic Studies/ Wellness Management, Union Institute & University

  • Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise

  • Certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Certified Master Trainer and Instructor for Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Programs: Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention, 1 & 2, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi for Back Pain, Tai Chi for Osteoporosis, Sun 73 Competition Forms

  • Certified Reiki Master/Teacher-Usui, Karuna, Vajarana, and Tibetan Reiki, Pranic Healing and the Orian Healing Technique

  • Authorized Tai Chi Instructor in various Yang Style sets including 8, 16, 24, & 40 Forms, Combined 42 & 48 Forms, Combined 42 Sword, Yang 32 Sword, Yang Tai Chi Broadsword and Yang 88 Long Form, Sun Style sets including Sun 39, 73 and 97 forms

  • Lineage to teach Crane Flying Qi Gong, Master Jiwu Wang.

  • Member of research team at the University of Cincinnati studying the effects of tai chi with specific populations.

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