Proceed as the way opens.
— Quaker Saying


Program Intent

The intention of Embrace The Moon’s Teacher Development & Training program is to develop high quality Taijiquan and Qigong instructors who will offer their skills confidently and professionally within a growing field of complementary healthcare and general interest.


What Can You Expect?

Over the course of the training, a student may follow one or both of two branches: The Chen Taijiquan System or Qigong as we teach it in our school. Some courses are shared by the two curriculums, while others are specifically aimed to cultivate either Taijiquan or Qigong. Graduates of this program can expect to have the knowledge and poise to teach a minimum of one form of their chosen branch(es) in a variety of circumstances including workshops, ongoing classes, corporations, gymnasiums, health clubs, etc. Among other skills, graduates will be able to:

  • Clearly convey to others credible information about Taijiquan and Qigong.
    • Verbally
    • Physically
    • In Writing
  • Identify and serve a wide diversity of individual needs from the athlete to the senior to those with special health concerns.
  • Express with skill and confidence form modification for those with special health concerns.
  • Continue to research and develop their practice.
  • Stay current with new research about Taijiquan and Qigong.
  • Collaborate with other health care professionals and the community at large to co-create useful and high quality programs for the community.

Program Highlights

  • Ample form development and revision of one’s chosen form(s)
  • Creative training methods
  • Core principles of Taijiquan & Qigong
  • Funtional kinesiology & neuro-muscular repatterning
  • Meridian location & function
  • 5 Element system & function
  • Philosophical roots of Taijiquan and Qigong
  • Historical development of Taijiquan and Qigong
  • The larger system & logic of the Internal Martial Arts

Taijiquan & Qigong in the 21st Century

  • The usefulness of Taijiquan and Qigong in 21st century
  • Practical application of Taijiquan and Qigong in daily life
  • Scientific studies and ongoing research

The Art of Teaching

  • Developing compassion & intuition
  • Listening, asking questions and motivating students
  • Modifications for those with special health needs
  • Stronger training options for the athlete
  • Teaching children, adults & seniors
  • Creative training methods
  • Presenting and receiving form refinements
  • Extensive class time apprenticeship experience

Professional & Post Graduate Development

  • Identifying, researching and developing one’s special interest area(s) for teaching including seniors, adults, teens, & children
  • Presenting oneself professionally
  • Public speaking & writing
  • Developing the business of teaching while preserving you and your art’s integrity
  • Support systems
  • Seeking out collaborations with others in complimentary fields
  • Creating skillful collaborations with professionals and students 

Professional & Post Graduate Development

  • Identifying, researching and developing one’s special interest area(s) for teaching including seniors, adults, teens, & children
  • Presenting oneself professionally
  • Public Speaking & Writing
  • Developing the business of teaching while preserving you and your art’s integrity
  • Support Systems
  • Seeking out collaborations with others in complimentary fields
  • Creating skillful collaborations with professionals and students

Director, Kimberly Ivy

Kimberly Ivy has created a unique training program for the instruction and certification of Qigong and Taijiquan instructors. Kim has 40 years of experience in study and application of the martial and internal arts including 30 years specifically of Taijiquan and Qigong. She is the founder of Embrace The Moon Taijiquan and Qigong in Seattle, WA, a thriving educational environment for Taijiquan, Qigong and other self-development methods. Embrace The Moon and Kim carry with them a strong reputation for contributing to the growth and development of Taijiquan and Qigong as complementary health method in the Seattle area as well as for solid skill and compassion in the teaching environment. Kim has been certified and recognized by many international experts in this field. Kim's CV.


Additional Master Teachers & Field Experts

Kim is committed to program participants receiving the highest quality well-rounded instruction as well as the highest certification possible. Many top level professional colleagues offer their expertise for this program in the following areas:

  • The Study of the Anatomy and Mechanics of Movement as Applied to Taijiquan and Qigong Practice and Practitioners
  • Neuromuscular re-patterning
  • Meridian flow, Acupuncture & the 5 Element System
  • Taoism, History & other Martial Arts
  • Meditation
  • Multi-disciplinary panel discussions on training & teaching, health & wellness

Commitment & Cost

Students will work with Kim to develop an individual course to fit their own needs of time and process in accordance with the intention of the program. Students should plan on the minimum of approximately 200+ hours of additional class time instruction, offered over a 2-3 year period in specialized capsules & weekend workshops. Additionally, students are expected to be enrolled in several ongoing weekly classes. Students must develop a steady home practice and be actively present and involved with the school. Costs involved are class dues, workshop fees, materials and travel. Monthly in-house sessions are offered at no cost to registered students.

Contact Kim for more details and an application.