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At Dr Lam’s 18th annual tai chi workshop in Sydney
In 1974 Dr Paul Lam, a family physician from Sydney Australia, took up tai chi to control his arthritis. Tai chi helped him overcome his condition, it also improved every aspect of his life. Dr Lam has created a series of Tai Chi for Health programs and produced instructional materials to make tai chi easy and enjoyable to learn. Through his privately owned company, Tai Chi Productions, his team have produced many best-selling titles worldwide.
In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Council for Ageing recommended Dr Lam’s program. Many governmental departments around the world endorse them. One of the most sought after teachers, Dr Lam must be the first in history to have travelled over a million miles teaching tai chi.
There are over eight million people around the world who have enjoyed and benefited from Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Health programs.
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.
To empower people to improve their health and wellness
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
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
The above is also written in Arabic
Members of the Governing Board:
Raymond Tang Ching Lau – Chair and MT representative of Asia/Europe region
Margaret Brade – Vice Chair
Jocelyn Simpson – Secretary
Pat Lawson, MT Representative for USA and Canada
Winnie Lo – Treasurer
Brenda Hum – MT Representative for Australia and NZ
Gordon Witcher – Invited Expert
Sue Huseman – Instructor Representative
- Philomena Kaarma – Participant Member
ABN: 57 939 736 232
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Know Our Instructors
What We Do
Our primary focus is to train safe and effective instructors for the program.
• 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
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
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
This movement from Leisurely Tying Coat implies listening to the incoming force, could also means to offer the gift of Tai Chi for Health.
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.
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Dr Lau Tang Ching (Raymond)
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
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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Margaret Brade is the CEO of Age Concern 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.
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.
Pat Lawson – MT Representative, USA and Canada
Now a Secondary Language Arts teacher in public school in Florida, Pat started practicing martial arts over 45 years ago. After exploring Judo, Karate, and Northern style Kung Fu she finally found that tai chi chuan is where all the aspects come together. Pat started her tai chi journey in 1992, hosted a USA instructor training workshop for Dr. Lam in 1999, and has been practicing the tai chi for health programs ever since. She served terms as Secretary and later President of the Tai Chi for Health Community, a non-profit 501 C3 organization. Pat says, “The quality of my life was changed when I discovered the power of the TCA program.”
Pat teaches in Martin County and as an MT she delivers the program in many areas of the US
Winnie Lo – Treasurer
Winnie Lo, BSc, was educated at the University of Bradford, UK, and her family immigrated to Australia from Hong Kong in 1990. In 1991 her husband started his community pharmacy business. she had been helping him in running the business from then until 2012 when he sold the business.
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Master Trainer Representative of the Australia/NZ region
Brenda has a Bachelor of Education degree, is a retired school teacher and a volunteer with several organizations. As the South Australian Representative of the Tai Chi Association of Australia she organizes meetings and coordinates activities for members.
Her Tai Chi experience began 1978 when she attended classes run by the Chinese Association of South Australia. In the mid nineteen eighties the opportunity arose for her to teach Tai Chi and extend her Tai Chi skills. She has continued learning and teaching with a variety of teachers, schools and groups until this present day. In 2005 Rosemary Palmer introduced Brenda to Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Programs. As a Tai Chi for Arthritis Leader she taught as a volunteer at a local medical centre. She observed that this modified program allowed participants to work at their own pace, become confidence in their own abilities and build lasting friendships. During this time she assisted in workshops.
Her interest in the modified programs led her to explore more about the purpose and mission of the Tai Chi for Health Institute. In 2010 she became a Master Trainer with the Tai Chi for Health Institute.It is Brenda’s belief that the Tai Chi for Health Institute is an exciting platform for people globally to share health links, ideas, understandings and friendships.
I first became aware of the TCHI through my wife who has been a member since 2002 and and is currently a Master Trainer. I am a retired business executive with a deep knowledge of finance and international business. Since retirement I have been involved with a number of non profit organizations in various capacities. I have a strong belief in the benefits of Tai Chi and am pleased to be able to contribute to the continued growth of Dr Lam’s programs.
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Dr. Sue Ann Huseman is an instructor in the Tai Chi for Health program. Sue began studying Tai Chi in summer 2013 and is currently certified in TCA I and II, Tai Chi for Diabetes, and Tai Chi for Beginners. She has taught in Melbourne, Florida, and in Machias, Maine. Sue has also attended workshops in Bangor, Maine; Sebring, Florida; Lakeland, Florida; and Shelburne Farms, Vermont; and she regularly attends the annual TCHI institutes.
Sue holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois and has served as a professor and administrator at a number of small public and private liberal arts colleges (her preferred collegiate setting) during her thirty plus years of academic life prior to her retirement. She has recently taken a year-long sabbatical from retirement to serve as interim president at the University of Maine at Machias in Downeast Maine.
Sue is married to Bill Heuerman and they have a yours, mine, and ours collective of six adult sons. In retirement, they split their time between Melbourne, Florida, and Unity, Maine. Sue’s passions are Tai Chi, kayaking, water color painting, spending time with her grandchildren, and traveling. Her post-retirement adventures have included travel to Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, India, the Galapagos, Bhutan, and French Polynesia with more to come!
Philomena [Philo] Kaarma was encouraged to join the Better Health Tai Chi Chuan School in 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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