Course Description

15 CEC credits available through ACSM, more information here

With one in 3 Americans over the age of 65 falling each year, the focus on Fall Prevention continues to grow with the number of aging older adults.  The Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (TJQMBB) Instructor Course is designed for community instructors that want to bring an effective fall intervention program to their organization.  TJQMBB is a research-based balance training regimen designed for older adults and people with balance disorders.  Developed at the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) by senior scientist Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., TJQMBB has been a leader in Tai Chi and Fall Prevention research for more than 15 years. Join one of our exciting instructor workshops and learn how the unique balance training characteristics of TJQMBB help us address the critical elements for fall reduction in older adults. 

Course Objectives

  1. Understand the background purpose, uniqueness and research base of this evidence based fall prevention program

  2. Learn and practice TJQMBB forms and associated balance training exercises

  3. Discover how the program improves limits of stability and balance recovery

  4. Learn how to apply TJQMBB movements to daily functional transitional activities and fall prevention

  5. Develop initial confidence in performing forms and competence to start teaching classes in the TJQMBB teaching plan

  6. Demonstrate understanding of the 65 page TJQMBB class teaching plan and discuss practical issues related to program implementation

Student Quotes

"She really does a good job of building self-confidence in a ‘non-teacher.’"

“Great, inspiring instructor, [her] enthusiasm is contagious!”

“Jan  is such an excellent teacher, so knowledgeable regarding the biomechanics of fall prevention.”

“I found this class and all the students to be so supportive of each other and fell confident that if we have questions at a later date the instructor would be available for input & support.  Very glad this training was made available for all seniors in our community.”

Course Agenda


Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
Instructor Training Agenda



8:00 - 9:00 Program Introduction

9:00 - 12:00 Practice Session

  • Preparatory exercises

  • Practice Forms 1-3


1:00 - 5:00 Practice Session

  • Practice Forms 4-6

  • Practice Variations 1-4

  • Tai Ji Quan - Mini Therapeutic Movements® (MTMs)


8:00 - 9:30 Program Implementation

  • Class Teaching Plan, Fidelity checklist

  • Online Teaching Materials: toolkit, session examples, teaching corner, updates

9:30 - 12:00 Practice Session

  • Basics of Balance Training

  • Tai Ji Quan - Mini Therapeutic Movements®


1:00 - 4:00 Practice Session

  • Learn Forms 7-8 and practice forms 1-8

  • Practice Variations 5-11

4:00 - 5:00 Q and A


Additional Information

Knowing Tai Chi before hand is not required.  This program is designed to support your practice and learning.  After completing your initial two day workshop you will be confident in your movement performance and competence to start teaching classes.  We provide you with the teaching plans and online materials to keep learning, as you build your skills.  Combined with an annual  "Refresher" course, you will have the tools to confidently teach Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance classes in your community. 

There is a DoH Scholarship available for participants of this class, check out our DoH Scholarship page for details.


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