Elva Arthy


Elva advised Dr Lam and the Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI) on 11 December 2020, that she was retiring from her role as Master Trainer after nearly twenty years in this role and intended to continue her current membership of TCHI as a premium instructor. As a community Fitness Instructor in the Redlands Queensland, as a Personal Trainer, Older Adults Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor accredited with Fitness Australia, Elva will now focus solely on offering Covid-Safe IN-PERSON classes and workshops in Gentle Exercise and Tai Chi Qigong for Health in her own Tai Chi & Qigong for Health school in the Redlands Community as well as continuing her training, study and research in Martial Arts for Health and Self Defence.

As a professional teacher of movement, dance and exercise for over fifty years Elva runs her own school for Gentle Exercise, Tai Chi Qigong in the Redlands. Over the last thirty-five years or more, she has been a community-based Fitness Instructor pioneering the specialised field of Gentle Exercise for older adults. She is an Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia accredited as a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor and Older Adults Trainer, and from May 2004 she was a registered licenced partner, presenter and assessor with Fitness Australia of Dr Lam’s TCA program, issuing certificates for 15 CECs to Fitness professionals in the CEC Fitness Instructor training program.

She is accredited with Alice Liping Yuan’s Exercise Medicine’s Tai Chi for Health and Falls Injury and Prevention Program. She is an accredited Fitness Instructor - Personal Trainer, Older Adults Trainer, and Group Exercise Instructor with Fitness Australia and a Master Trainer and Black Belt in Tai Chi for Martial Arts for Health & Self Defence and Brown Belt in Goju Ryu Karate-do with Gentle Arts of Self Defence also affiliated with Sakurakan-QUBBA.

As Master Trainer for Dr Lams Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) program since 2002, she conducted and taught in over thirty-five TCA Instructor Training Courses in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Korea, and as Master Trainer in Queensland has issued nearly 1,500 TCA Instructor Certifications to over 1,200 participants. In addition, she assisted Dr Paul Lam in the training of new Master Trainers of the TCA Instructor Training program for Australian and Korean TCA Master Trainer s in January 2005 Sydney and in December 2006 Korea. Elva has taught Tai Chi for Health at beginners to advanced levels at International Tai Chi Workshops and Conferences in USA, New Zealand, Korea & Australia. From 2003 to 2007, she taught the Sun 73 Form at Tai Chi Workshops in Australia and USA for Dr Paul Lam.

She also presented the paper she co-authored with her husband Dr Denis Arthy on how to teach Tai Chi for Health effectively at the First International Tai Chi for Health Conference held in Seoul, Korea in December 2006. She is the Tai Chi Instructor and presenter on the DVD titled INSPIRE - Tai Chi and Yoga for Adults with Bleeding Disorders produced by Haemophilia Foundation Australia and distributed in Australia and overseas including Europe, India, USA, UK and Canada released April 2005. She is also the author of Raging Ageing Gentle Exercise Manual for Design and Delivery, a manual used as a resource for health and fitness professionals and carers of older adults. The manual is also a suitable and effective program for other persons in the community who have some health limitations or who may simply wish to exercise more gently. This has been a set text in the training of community-based-carers.

Through her own school, Tai Chi Qigong for Health, Elva pioneered the Tai Chi for Health, Advanced Instructor Training course to provide an extension and alternative pathway for TCA Leaders and others who do not wish to pursue the martial arts Level 1 Coach accreditation for instructor training. This course, which commenced in July 2007, has competency-based levels of progression (from Levels 3 to 5) focusing on a modern, secular and scientific understanding of safety principles, teaching methods and an In-Depth Study of Sun Style Tai Chi at an advanced level. Elva co-authored and published with Denis – Tai Chi Dreaming: A Scientific Study of Tai Chi for Health as Mind-Body Exercise for Health, Fitness & Wellbeing (first published in 2009 under the title of Australia Dreaming: Advanced Instructor Training Course) - the textbook for the Tai Chi for Health Advanced Instructor Training program. Elva also is the creator of the beautiful Australia Dreaming 15 form Sun Style Qigong set.


Email [email protected]
Phone 07 3286 2779
Country Australia
State / Province / Region QLD
City Cleveland
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  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor
  • Certified Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis 2 Instructor
  • Premier Instructor


Class Information

Cleveland - All Levels - Beginners to Advanced - Cleveland -
Mondays 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Tuesdays & Fridays 9.30am - 11.00am
Wednesdays Redland Bay Wed 9.30am - 10.30am

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Redlands - Cleveland, Redland Bay -


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You are invited to express an interest in a workshop which can include the opportunity to focus on refining and improving the Sun 73, Tai Chi Fan, Yang 24, Yang 42 and Chen 36 and your Tai Chi & Qigong.

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