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At the 13th Annual Tai Chi Workshop in USA

Meet some of our members

Back in 1998, Dr Paul Lam, a family physician and tai chi expert, worked with a team of tai chi and medical specialists to create the Tai Chi for Arthritis program. Since then, they have created more Tai Chi for Health programs that have helped millions of people to improve the quality of their lives. Medical studies have shown these programs effective to improve health and quality of life.

Many organizations including the Arthritis Foundation of America, Australia and Singapore, Osteoporosis Australia, Arthritis Care, UK, universities and governments from different countries support one or all of the Tai Chi for Health programs. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov) recommended Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program for Fall Prevention.

Tai Chi Productions was created by Dr Lam to produce useful learning materials.  Its purpose is to empower people to improve their health and wellness through the programs and learning materials.  The company is privately owned by Dr Lam.

The Tai Chi for Health Institute was founded in 2010 by Dr Lam and many of his Tai Chi for Health colleagues with the purpose of empowering people to improve health and wellness through the Tai Chi for Health programs. Also to monitor the quality and standards of the training and to provide support for instructors.  It is a non-profit organisation registered in Australia and governed by a democratically elected board.

Both organisations have the same purpose and naturally there is close collaboration to save resources.  That does not compromise either organisation’s independence.  Dr Lam is committed to supporting the Tai Chi for Health vision and has always personally offered significant discounts to instructors of the program through Tai Chi Productions.

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At Dr Lam’s 18th annual tai chi workshop in Sydney

Purpose:

To empower people to improve their health and wellness

Vision:
Making Tai Chi for Health accessible to everyone for health and wellness
 

Who We Are:

Celebrating 17th Annual Tai Chi Workshop in Sydney Australia 2015

Celebrating 17th Annual Tai Chi Workshop in Sydney Australia 2015

The Institute represents all certified instructors/leaders of the Tai Chi for Health programs, it is administered by a director and a governing board consisting of master and senior trainers, instructor, participant (or student) and nominated expert/s.  The Institute is a registered non-profit organisation in the state of New South Wales, Australia. You can view the minutes from board meetings online

Director:

The above is also written in Arabic

Members of the Governing Board:

ABN: 57 939 736 232

Scroll down for profiles of the Board members. 

 

You can contact any member via service@tchi.org 

 

Get to Know Our Instructors

 


What We Do

 

Our primary focus is to train safe and effective instructors for the program.    

 

Mission:

 

Some of us at the Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi workshop in Chicago 2014

Some of us at the Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi workshop in Chicago 2014

• Training effective and safe teachers of the Tai Chi for Health programs
• Developing effective programs though research and development.
• Making the world aware of tai chi as a modality which promotes health.

 

Scope of the mission:

1) Training effective and safe teachers:

a) Certify instructors and updates.

b) Goal #1: Establish and revise criteria for selection of instructors

c) Goal #2: Establish and revise training curriculum for new instructors

d) Goal #3: Establish and revise criteria for maintenance of instructor status

 2) Develop and coordinate Senior Trainer certification programs

Dr Paul Lam with Instructors of the 13th Annual Tai Chi workshop in USA 2014

Dr Paul Lam with Instructors of the 13th Annual Tai Chi workshop in USA 2014

 

a) Goal #1: Establish and revise criteria for selection of Senior Trainers
b) Goal #2: Establish and revise training curriculum for new Senior Trainers
c) Goal #3: Establish and revise criteria for maintenance of Senior Trainers status
 
3) Develop and execute Master Trainer certification programs
a) Goal #1: Establish and revise criteria for selection of Master Trainers
b) Goal #2: Establish and revise training curriculum for new Master Trainers
c) Goal #3: Establish and revise criteria for maintenance of Master Trainers status
d) Training of Master Trainers
 

 Developing effective programs through research and development:
1) Modify existing programs as needed and create new ones as the need arises.
2) Provide support to Master Trainers / Senior Trainers /instructors
3) Serve as consultant for proposed research projects

We come from different countries and all enjoy Tai Chi

Enjoying friendship and tai chi at the 17th Annual Tai Chi Workshop in Sydney January 2015

4) Develop collaborative projects with universities and other research investigators
5) Provide leadership for targeted clinical research in fall prevention, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, health challenges for kids, etc.

Making the world aware of tai chi as a modality that promotes health.


1) Collaborate with other organizations such as the Arthritis Foundation.
2) Serve as a resource for health policymakers, academics, and development practitioners including journalists, teachers, youth and civic leaders.
3) Target universities, key organizations and work sites for instructor workshops
4) Obtain accreditation for CEUs for instructors taking the workshops

 
 Providing support to the missions:

1) Keep a data base for all students utilizing the Tai Chi for Health programs
2) Keep a data base on all research in tai chi for health
3) Create a speakers bureau and PowerPoint presentations to increase knowledge of Tai Chi for Health programs and their benefits
 

 

Dr Paul Lam 

Dr Paul Lam

This movement from Leisurely Tying Coat implies listening to the incoming force, could also means to offer something nice.

Director

Dr Paul Lam, a family physician in Sydney and a tai chi teacher since 1976, is a world leader in  the field of tai chi for health improvement. Dr Lam is dedicated to promoting tai chi for health and wellness. He has participated and published in peer-reviewed journals research projects relating to tai chi for health improvement .

Dr Lam has composed several Tai Chi for Health programs that are supported by Foundations around the world including that of Arthritis foundations of Australia, America and UK. By 2014 over five million people around the world have learned and benefited from one of his programs. Dr Lam has written 4 books: Overcoming Arthritis, Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms, Tai Chi for Diabetes and Teaching Tai Chi Effectively.

Click here for more information about Dr Lam, or contact Dr Lam through service@tchi.org

 

 

 

 

Dr Lau Tang Ching (Raymond) 
Chair

Dr Lau Tang Ching is working as a Consultant Rheumatologist in the National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore.  He has been the head of the rheumatology division since 2009, Assistant Dean (education) of Yong Loo Ling School of Me

Dr Raymond Tang Ching Lau is a Rheumatologist and Assistant Dean of Medicine in Singapore University

Dr Raymond Tang Ching Lau is a Rheumatologist and Assistant Dean of Medicine in Singapore University

dicine, and Associate CMB (education) for NUH since June 2010. He graduated in 1991 from the National University of Singapore and is a fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (rheumatology) since 2001 and the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) since 2004.  He holds a MMedSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology (University of Newcastle, Australia), and a graduate diploma degree in acupuncture.  He is the president of the Osteoporosis Society (Singapore) and the vice-chairman of the National Arthritis Foundation. As there is medical evidences that Tai Chi for Health exercises are proven to improve joint pain and function, prevent falls and osteoporosis, he is keen to promote this exercise in Singapore and the Asian region.

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Mark Hoyle

Treasurer

Mark Hoyle is a qualified Physiotherapist who developed an interest in tai chi whilst attending an acupuncture study course in China 1998.  He  began studying with Dr Lam in 2006 at his own school, Better Health Tai Chi Chuan and now instructs there on a weekly basis.

He has incorporated tai chi into his physiotherapy practice, which has been very well received.

He is proficient in a number of forms and in 2013 spent a week in Zhuhai, China, studying the Chen 36 Form with Dr Lam

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Margaret Brade

Secretary

Margaret Brade is the CEO of Aged Concerned in Stockport UK

Margaret Brade is the CEO of Aged Concerned in Stockport UK

Margaret Brade was the first UK Senior Trainer having played a leading role is establishing Paul  Lam’s Tai Chi workshops in England. She continues to instruct and to support the spread of workshops in many ways.

Margaret has a history of voluntary and community work over many years, becoming a full-time occupation in 1994 when, driven by strong values around empowering people to health, wellbeing and independence, she left her career in the private legal sector. Margaret was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of Age Concern Stockport early in 1995 and has established a respected reputation for openness, integrity and positive partnership working.

Margaret has shown great commitment and dedication to preventative activities both in her work and personal life, and particularly champions Tai Chi for Health across the many sectors she works in partnership with. Through her work she has innovated and established groundbreaking preventative non-clinical programmes earning national recognition.

Margaret has played an interested role in the development of the Institute from its beginnings. She has used her considerable knowledge skills and experience both as a lawyer and as a Chief Executive in a leading voluntary organisation to benefit the thinking and the eventual structure, principles and policy of the Institute.

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Carolyn Hotchkiss
Vice Chair
 Carolyn first began practicing tai chi in 2004 and first learned of Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health programs from his videos.  Once she attended her first week-long workshop in 2008, she knew she had found her tai chi family.  She teaches TCA in workplace wellness programs, and is interested in the ways that Tai Chi for Health programs can help people achieve more balanced and healthy lives, even in stressful work environments. She serves on the Board of the U.S. Tai Chi for Health Community.   

Carolyn has been a Law Professor, teaching Business Law, Ethics, and International Law for more than twenty-five years.  She is currently the Dean of the Faculty at Babson College, a business school known for its entrepreneurship programs and its educational innovation. 

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Rani Hughes
Master Trainer Representative of the Australia/NZ region
 
Rani Hughes is working as a private occupational therapist in Melbourne, Australia. With 15 years experience of learning and teaching tai chi and mindfulness, she wants to bring these mind/body practices into main-stream health.
 
Rani has worked closely with various Arthritis Foundations in Australia to actively promote, educate and research Dr. Lam’s modified Tai Chi for Health programs. She has been involved on other Boards including Vipassana Insight Mediation Foundation, UN Day of Vesak (Melbourne) and most recently on the Tai Chi for Health Institute Board.
 
Rani would like to be involved with a global approach to promote modified tai chi as a safe and effective tool for the growing number of people experiencing chronic illness around the world.  She would be honoured to serve on the Tai Chi for Health Board.    

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Jocelyn SimpsonJocelyn Simpson Bio Photo

Jocelyn Simpson has been involved with Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health programs since 2006 as a class participant, then an instructor, now a Senior Trainer and Board member, bringing a unique grassroots perspective to the Board.  She strongly believes in the mission of TCHI and works to spread that mission throughout the communities within which she serves in the greater Atlanta metro area and beyond.

Jocelyn serves on the Programs Committee of the Arthritis Foundation Southeast Region and works closely with the Program Director.  As a member of the Board, Jocelyn hopes to contribute even more to help build the future of TCHI and preserve its heritage.

Jocelyn holds a BA degree from Ohio University as a political science major with a business administration minor.  She continued her post-graduate studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago and worked as a paralegal for several years before entering the health and wellness arena.

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Philomena Kaarma

Philomena [Philo] Kaarma was encouraged to join the Better Health Tai Chi Chuan School inPhilomena Kaarama Sydney, Australia by her husband Mati, it is the best thing they have ever done, apart from marrying, with the fantastic instructors it has been a wonderful journey that will not end for some time. Philo is currently employed by the South Western Sydney Area Health Service for 15 years being involved in nursing research and for the past 3 years as research assistant at the cardiovascular research department, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney.  

An important motto ‘to give back when you can’ is a part of her philosophy, and Philo has been the Editor of the BHTCC school newsletter for two years and previously was the Editor of the ‘Het Blatdje’, the newsletter for the Australian Dutch community.  Philo was previously the Chairman of the Albury Wodonga SBS Working Party Committee and served on the committee for the 50 Year Celebration of Back to Bonegilla, Australia’s biggest and longest surviving migrant centre.  

 

Philo Kaarma is very excited to be involved in the Tai Chi for Health Institute, with her strong interest in health research; she would love to see Tai Chi as a way of life for the world’s population, being a healthy addition to our modern lifestyle.
 
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Hazel ThompsonThonpH-65                                                                                      

Chief Operating Officer

   

You can contact her at manager@tchi.org


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