Qld Covid Safe Attendance Instructor Training Workshop - Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention & Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis with 12 CECS for Fitness Australia by Master Trainer Elva Arthy 24-25 October 2020

When and Where

Date: 24th - 25th Oct, 2020
Time: 9am to 5pm
Address: Redlands City Lions Club
122 Shore Street Nth





 Due to the CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC, all Tai Chi workshops and classes involving physical attendance this year Australia wide from March to June had to be cancelled.

HOWEVER, with the QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT’S successful management and control of the CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC, from July 2020, we have now been able to move to STAGE 3 of the ROADMAP to Easing Queensland’s Restrictions where we now can NOW offer WORKSHOPS & CLASSES WITH COVID SAFE CONDITIONS for participation and physical attendance.   

COVID SAFE CONDITIONS (Stage 3) for participation in QUEENSLAND include the following:

  • Participants will be screened for health issues and factors relevant to the Corona Virus prior to attending classes/workshops
  • This screening will include requesting participants to not attend if feeling unwell
  • Physical distance between participants is 1.5 metres, no hugging, kissing, handshakes or high-fives.
  • No shared equipment or water bottles or morning teas or lunches, with participants bringing their own
  • Appropriate hygiene practices for all equipment, facilities, including hand sanitization
  • If you have recently travelled overseas or to any COVID HOTSPOTS in Australia, do NOT attend
  • If you have recently been in contact with anyone who has travelled overseas or to COVID HOTSPOTS, do NOT attend
  • Each one of us will have to continue to be strict at ALL TIMES with all of the above, we CANNOT let COMPLACENCY become the new normal

The Master Trainer is Elva Arthy who has been a professional teacher of movement and dance for over fifty years.  As an authorised Master Trainer with Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Health programs since 2002 and a Tai Chi Instructor through her own school since 1999, she has also run over one hundred workshops and trained more than a thousand participants as Tai Chi for Health Instructors/ Leaders, mostly health and fitness professionals.  She is also Master Trainer in Tai Chi - Martial Arts for Health and Self Defence - with Gentle Arts of Self Defence, affiliated with Sakurakan-QUBBA - Queensland United Black Belt Assn Inc, a non-profit martial arts association (est 1960).

Elva has also been a community Fitness Instructor for over 35 years and in the Redlands Community Queensland for over 32 years as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor, accredited in 2006 with Fitness Australia as a Presenter and Assessor of Dr Lam's TCA programs with Fitness Australia in the CEC Fitness Instructor training program. She has been a Tai Chi Instructor at many International Tai Chi Workshops in USA, New Zealand, Korea & Australia.

She is the author of textbook - Raging Ageing: Gentle Exercise Manual; a co-author of the Tai Chi Textbook – Tai Chi Dreaming: A Scientific Study of Tai Chi for Health as Mind-Body Exercise for Health, Fitness & Wellbeing and a presenter and co-author of paper on “How to teach Tai Chi Effectively” at the First International Tai Chi for Health Conference held in Seoul, Korea in December 2006.

What is Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention? 

Dr. Paul Lam and his team of medical and tai chi experts designed this program to be safe and effective for people with arthritis and who are at increased risk of falling; it will also provide health benefits and improve almost anyone’s quality of life.  Based on the Sun style of tai chi, Tai Chi for Arthritis & for Fall Prevention (TCAFP) is easy to learn, effective and safe. It improves flexibility, muscle strength, increases heart/lung activity, aligns posture, improves balance, and integrates the mind and body.   The TCAFP program includes warm up and cool down exercises, the twelve movement set on both sides, the teaching method, knowledge about arthritis and the cause of falls, and how to teach this program safely. 

Qualified participants who successfully complete the course will be accredited by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach this program. 

Millions of people around the world have gained health benefits from the TCA program and thousands of people around the world have gained health benefits from the TCAFP program. Many scientific studies have shown this program relieves pain, improves quality of life and make people feel better. Studies also shown the program prevent falls; that is why the Center of Disease Control and Prevention recommends it for this purpose. It is supported by many Arthritis Foundations including the USA, Australia and UK.     

Reasons to Come for Certification

  • Learn how to teach this program effectively and safely
  • Discover how tai chi improves health and arthritis
  • Learn Dr Lam's Stepwise Progressive Teaching Method
  • Gain essential knowledge about arthritis and fall prevention
  • Learn about the essential principles of tai chi
  • Improve your level of tai chi in a positive, enjoyable and interactive environment    

 About Arthritis and Fall Prevention

Arthritis is one of the most common chronic conditions in western countries, with no known cure. Tai Chi for Arthritis has been used around the world by millions to relieve pain and improve ability to do daily activities. It is also effective for fall prevention, improve health and wellness. Please refer TCHI website for a recently published study of the program at the Journal of Arthritis Care and Research.

Qualitifcations for Certification

Anyone is welcome to apply to attend and receive an attendance certificate, however, in-order to be certified as a Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor/ Leader, please check the recommended qualifications below which also include people without a formal qualification in health, fitness or exercise who have current experience in conducting exercise classes under the supervision of a relevant health, fitness or exercise professional.  If unsure, please feel free to contact Elva to discuss your eligibility.

  • Physical therapists or physiotherapists
  • Tai chi teachers or advanced students
  • Exercise instructors
  • Other similar professionals
  • People without a formal qualification in health or exercise who have current experience in conducting exercise classes under the supervision of a relevant health or exercise professional are encouraged to contact Elva to discuss their eligibility

All Participants will receive either an attendance or TCA Instructor/Leader certificate.


It is a requirement that you acquire/purchase all course materials yourself prior to the workshop so as to adequately prepare for the workshop by learning the Basic Six movements both sides and have attempted to learn the complete set (the TCA 12 form) by following the instructions in the 2 disc/ DVD - Tai Chi for Arthritis 12 lessons DVD (Health DVD).  It is recommended a minimum of 10hours.of practice with this DVD.  This will enable you to gain the maximum benefits and enjoyment from this workshop. As well, you will need to read the compulsory course materials which are the teaching resource book - Teaching Tai Chi Effectively Book 2011 edition by Dr Paul Lam and Tai Chi for Arthritis Handbook and by reviewing the articles published on Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention available on Dr Lam's TCHI website.

As this workshop focuses exclusively on the TCA program which includes Seated TCA and Falls Prevention, multiple updates for other Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Health workshops are not available at this workshop. 

All course materials can be purchased at any time direct from Dr Paul Lam's Tai Chi Productions' website -

Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis

This workshop includes certification as Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor.  This is a modified version of the Tai Chi for Arthritis program and can be enjoyed by anyone wishing to practice Tai Chi sitting down. People with almost any chronic condition can learn to improve their health and mobility. This safe easy-to-learn program relieves pain and improves health and quality of life.

Health Professionals and carers using this program with people with disabilities can share quality time with them while improving their own health. It is suitable for people who are either unable to walk or are required to be seated. 

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention  

This workshop also includes certification as Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Instructor.  Older people are more likely to fall, resulting in serious injury. Many measures can help to reduce the risks of falls, and studies have shown tai chi is one of the most effective. In fact, a number of research studies, using Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program, indicate a significant reduction in recurrent falls. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention ( recommend Tai Chi for Arthritis as a safe intervention for fall prevention, as well as Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), a New Zealand National Governmental body, and health departments in Australia.

As a result, Dr Lam and his colleagues have developed guidelines for Tai Chi for Arthritis instructors to place more emphasis on fall prevention. It does not in any way change the program, it is just another method to enhance the same program. 

NB:  The name of the Master Trainer authorized by Dr Lam to conduct this workshop is displayed on the workshop location and details page of the Dr Lam Tai Chi for Health Institute website

By the Completion of  Workshop you will

  • Know the Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention set at a deeper level
  • Understand how tai chi improves health and relaxation and helps to prevent falls
  • Have learned how to teach this program effectively and safely – moving, standing and seated
  • Have improved your tai chi skill and knowledge
  • Have learned how to attract and retain more students   


Wear loose comfortable clothes and flat shoes suitable for exercise. 

For Australia Only

If you are currently qualified as an Instructor through the National Martial Arts Instructor Accreditation Scheme, you will be qualified as a Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor upon successful completion of the program. All other persons will be qualified as a Tai Chi for Arthritis Leader of the program.

Fitness Australia 12 CECs - This course is accredited with Fitness Australia by Dr Paul Lam with Elva being authorised as an Official Presenter and Assessor of Fitness Instructors at this workshop for the issue of 12 CECs certificate by Dr Lam.  There is an additional fee of $50 (to be included in the workshop price) for the official certificate which will be issued on behalf of the Tai Chi for Health Institute by Dr Paul Lam.


TWO DAY Instructor Training Certification workshop includes three certificates for – Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis; Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention; Certified Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis

$420 for TCA, TCAFP and Seated TCA  or EARLY BIRD - $390 if paid on or before 4 September 2020

 This does not include course materials which you will need to acquire/purchase for yourself prior to the workshop

DUE TO COVID SAFE conditions for participating, morning teas or lunches cannot be provided with participants bringing their own

Plus $50 for Dr Lam's 12 CECs certificate for Fitness Instructors ONLY.

NOTE:  A separate annual membership fee of $25 is required to be paid in order to be registered to teach any Tai Chi for Health program.  This fee will be paid by the Tai Chi for Health Board Certified Instructor/ Leader either after the successful completion of the workshop or when due for renewal of annual membership direct to the Dr Lam Tai Chi for Health Institute.  This fee is in addition to the workshop fee and is not included in the workshop price.  

ATTENDANCE ONLY - Participants who are NOT seeking certification of Dr Lam' programs, a 50% discount is available on attendance at one or two days. 





Master Trainer Elva Arthy or Dr Denis Arthy



Phone:     (07) 3286 2779 (Messages)

Please contact Elva or Denis direct by phone or email to obtain workshop "Application Form. 

ALSO, if applying for certification, please register your interest for attendance at this workshop on the Tai Chi for Health Institute website under Master Trainer Elva Arthy for the relevant weekend workshop and under the link at top of page - REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP - for all three certifications – Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor; Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Instructor; and Certified Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor