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Tai Chi Instructor Training

Ralph Dehner offers workshops across the country to train and certify health and fitness professionals to teach tai chi in their communities and organizations. 


As a Master Trainer in the Tai Chi for Health Institute, Ralph trains new instructors to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Tai Chi for Diabetes, and other specialized tai chi programs developed by Dr. Paul Lam to be safe and easy to teach, while maximizing the health benefits.

Ralph also offers intermediate and advanced skill-builder workshops for tai chi instructors and practitioners to deepen tai chi practice. 

Review Ralph's workshop schedule below, and subscribe to his monthly Qi Mail to find out when Ralph will be in a city near you.

Upcoming Workshops & Retreats with Ralph Dehner

Tai Chi at the Beach

Annual Beach Retreat on Edisto Island, SC
September 11 - 15, 2023

Join Master Trainer Ralph Dehner for an exploration of Traditional Sun Style Tai Chi. Learn and practice a Traditional Sun sequence while enjoying hiking, biking, and beach walking in this quiet resort island.

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Fairfield OH

Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention Instructor Training

STAGE 2: January 28, 2023

Fairfield, OH | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

STAGE 1 Due January 21

Become certified to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis, a valuable tai chi for health sequence recognized for its effectiveness by the CDC. Stage 1 is a self-paced virtual program created by Dr. Lam; Stage 2 is a 1-day in-person workshop with Master Trainer Ralph Dehner. Learn and practice teaching techniques that will allow you to share this highly beneficial program with participants of all abilities.

Register soon. Stage 1 takes 20 - 35 hours depending on participant familiarity with the sequence.

Contact Kristin Dietsche ( with questions or to find out how to recertify at the workshop.


Deepen Your Practice with Special Skill Builder Workshops

Exploring Sun Style Tai Chi beyond Tai Chi for Arthritis

Contact Ralph to bring this workshop to your location

If you know Tai Chi for Arthritis Parts 1 and 2, you know quite a few of the most important Sun Style Tai Chi moves, but there are lots more Sun Style forms to learn and enjoy. In this workshop you can learn Shifu Ralph’s original set of 39 Sun Style Forms. This set builds on the Tai Chi for Arthritis forms you already know and acts as a bridge to learning or teaching the much longer Sun 73 Competition form.


In this two-day workshop, participants learn to perform the Sun 39 forms plus add depth to their knowledge about Sun Style, the newest of the major styles of Tai Chi, developed in 1912 by Sun Lu Tang. You will learn about the original movements of Sun Style and their origins in other tai chi traditions.

To participate you should know Tai Chi for Arthritis Parts 1 and 2.

More Skill Builder Workshops with Ralph Dehner

Ralph Dehner offers Skill Builder workshops on these Tai Chi sequences

  • Traditional Sun 97 Forms

  • Staff/Rod 24 Forms

  • Yang 40 Forms

  • Combined 42 Forms

Please contact Ralph to discuss arranging an advanced Skillbuilder Workshop in your area.

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