Tai Chi 4 Kidz - (Pukekohe) Instructor Training & Multi Updates with MTs Tamara Bennett (NZ) & Patricia Lawson (USA)

When and Where

Date: 6th - 7th Nov, 2021
Time: 9am-5pm both days
Address: Venue To Be Confirmed
New Zealand




Tai Chi 4Kidz

Instructor Training Workshop + Multi-Updates

6-7 November 2021

with Master Trainers Tamara Bennett (NZ) and Patricia Lawson (Florida via ZOOM)

Location: Pukekohe, Auckland Tamaki Makaurau

Location to be Confirmed ...

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Why Tai Chi 4 Kidz?

This is a training that not only addresses your students’ needs, but will simultaneously support your own health, too! This is not one more learning strategy you must implement; instead, we will show you how to activate a new setting on your own stress dial, as well as how to guide your students toward mindful relaxation and emotional control. You can be happier and healthier while you empower your students to regulate emotions, reduce stress, improve cognitive function and focus, increase coordination, flexibility, and balance. Tai chi has an almost magical effect on health improvements. Kids love to learn and they learn very quickly, especially when engaged in a fun activity! This specially-designed Tai Chi program emphasises the fun
elements while developing their mind and body. It is designed in several small building blocks to capture their attention, incorporating imagery and games to add appeal to kids. We have found that kids really enjoy learning it!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gained essential knowledge about how the Tai Chi 4 Kidz program can help improve health and wellbeing
  • Know the Tai Chi 4 Kidz set at a deeper level
  • Experienced the power of ‘mindful movement’
  • Understand how tai chi improves health and relaxation
  • Have learned how to teach this program effectively and safely
  • Have improved your tai chi skill and knowledge
  • Have learned how to safely and effectively modify this program for all ages and learning abilities
  • Have learned about the essential principles of tai chi
  • Have learned Dr Lam’s Stepwise Progressive Teaching Method
  • Have learned how to apply the benefits of mindful Tai Chi exercise for oneself as well as young people who may need to improve resiliency, focus, and self-control

Who can Attend the Instructor Training Workshop?

  • ANYONE  is welcome to attend this workshop,
  • To be certified as a Tai Chi 4 Kidz instructor, please check the recommended qualifications: Educators, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Recreational Therapists, Behavioral Therapists, Care Workers, Tai Chi Instructors or Advanced Students, or any other similar Professionals.
  • Teachers: Early childhood Kohanga Reo, Primary, Intermediate and Secondary Schools Kura Kaupapa
  • Home School teachers and parents
  • Before and after school care employees
  • Kids program leaders at: YMCA’s, fitness centre, recreational centre, sports facilities
  • Martial Arts and Yoga schools
  • Children Hospital Staff
  • Holiday program teachers
  • Burn Kids, Cancer Kids program leaders
  • PARENTS and Grandparents
  • Young adults over 15 years
  • This workshop is also suitable for people wanting to update their other TCHI qualification(s).

What to wear?

Loose, comfortable layered clothing, flat flexible footwear. Bring a water bottle.

Saturday & Sunday ... 6-7 November 2021

9am – 5pm both Days (Note: TCHI Updates Sat 5pm)

Tai Chi 4 Kidz Instructor Training Workshop (+ Refresher/Updates)

*Detailed information can be found in the programme section on the other side of this page
*You will receive a certificates
*Read below for Refresher/Updates

Step 1 ~ Enrol and Pay your Course Fee(s) to the Master Trainer (section below)
Step 2 ~ Order Required Resources (section below)
Step 3 ~ Register with TCHI (Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute Inc) HERE
Step 4 ~ Prepare for the Instructor Training Workshop (work with the DVD(s), read the Teaching Tai Chi Effectively book)
Step 5 ~ Complete pre-workshop paperwork and bring to the workshop (This will be emailed to you after you have enrolled and paid for the workshop)
Step 6 ~ Attend the workshop
Step 7 ~ Become a TCHI BCI (Board Certified Instructor) ... read below
Step 8 ~ Share your knowledge and skills with others ...
Step 9 ~ Update/Refresh your qualification(s) every two years, practise tai chi & have FUN!

TCHI Board Certified Instructor fee is required on successful certification:

The annual fee is payable direct to the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Following successful completion of the instructor training workshop, you will receive an email invitation to become a Tai Chi for Health Institute Board Certified Instructor (BCI), which is required before teaching the program (if not already a member). Annual fee is $25 AUD (Standard Membership) or $45 AUD (Premier Membership) regardless of the number of certificates you have. A TCHI Board Certified Instructor is a person who has fulfilled the requirements, completed the training of a Tai Chi for Health programme, and is registered with the Tai Chi for Health Institute board. For detailed information please go to this link HERE



Course Fees: 

Registration Course Fee Includes: two days tuition, morning and afternoon teas
*Participants provide your own lunch
*Participants must have the required resources, see below
Cancellation administration fee $50 (transferable to a future workshop)

Fee sections below:

  1. Full Price Workshop
  2. REPs Registered Member
  3. TCHI BCI + TCHC NZ Inc Member 
  4. TCHC NZ Inc Member 
  5. Resources Required
  6. Refresher/Updates

1. Full Price Workshop 

ADD TO CART Sat & Sun 6-7 November 2021  … 2 Days
Early Bird $295 incl GST  (After 3 June 2021, $325 incl GST)

2. REPs Registered (15% Discount) ? CPDs

ADD TO CART Sat & Sun 6-7 November 2021 … 2 Days
Early Bird $250 incl GST (After 3 June 2021, $280 incl GST)
*Prices above have been discounted by 15%

3. TCHI BCI + TCHC NZ Inc Member (15% Discount)

ADD TO CART Sat & Sun 6-7 November 2021 … 2 Days
Early Bird $250 incl GST (After 3 June 2021, $280 incl GST)
*Prices above have been discounted by 15%

4. TCHC NZ Inc Member (10% Discount)

Join TCHC NZ Inc … Click HERE

ADD TO CART Sat & Sun 6-7 November 2021 … 2 Days
Early Bird $265 incl GST (After 6 Oct 2021, $295 incl GST) 
*Prices above have been discounted by 10%

5. Resources Required:

Teaching Tai Chi Effectively book 2011 ($25 discounted price for workshop participants ONLY)     ADD TO CART

Tai Chi 4 Kidz DVD ($25 discounted price for workshop participants ONLY)     ADD TO CART


NOTE: A current First Aid certificate is REQUIRED for all Tai Chi for Health Institute Instructors and recommended workshop participants. Students are welcome to attend as course participants (Attendance certificate)

6. Refresher / Update(s)

TCK Refresher/Update
Early Bird $150 NZD incl GST (After 6 Oct 2021, $165)

Other Updates
ADD Additional Refresher/Updates to the workshop price for $35/each.
NOTE: Your assignment(s) will be emailed after enrollment and payment is received, and your TCHI registration has been completed online.


QH      ADD TO CART       

NOTE: If you are updating 3 or more Additional qualifications maximum payment of $100  ADD TO CART
Please email Tamara with the name of the updates you need.

Master Trainers

(NZ) Tamara Bennett Master Trainer TCHI
NZ agent for Tai Chi Productions
REPs (NZ Registered Exercise Professional)

Tamara’s tai chi & qigong journey began in 1999 for health reasons and since 2004 she has been Director and Instructor in her Smiling Dragon Tai Chi & Qigong business. She gained her first TCHI (Tai Chi for Health Institute) Instructor qualification in 2005 with TCA (Tai Chi for Arthritis), followed by TCD (Tai Chi for Diabetes), TCK (Tai Chi 4 Kidz), TCE (Tai Chi for Energy), TCO (Tai Chi for Osteoporosis), STCA (Seated TCA) and FP (Falls Prevention), TCR (Tai Chi for Rehabilitation), TCA2 (Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2), TCM (Tai Chi for Memory), TCHC (Tai Chi for Heart Conditions), TCL (Tai Chi fir Life), and QH (Qigong for Health - 5 Element Qigong).
In 2014 Tamara completed her TCHI Master Trainer training in Sydney, Australia. Tamara is an Authorised Master Trainer for the following programmes: Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Arthritis - Part 2, Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi for Energy, Tai Chi for Memory, Tai Chi for Heart Conditions, Tai Chi for Life, Qigong for Health - 5 Element and Tai Chi 4 Kidz. Tamara also teaches 15 self-funded community tai chi classes; runs TCHI Instructor Training and Skill Building Workshops, offers workplace tai chi, Qigong workshops and Tai Chi for Kidz to local schools.

(USA) Patricia Lawson Master Trainer TCHI, is a retired secondary level educator, holding board certification in the states of Florida and New York.  A former martial artist and 2nd degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu, Pat has been practicing tai chi chuan since 1992 and is the owner/chief instructor of Tai Chi Fulcrum in Stuart, Florida. Having worked with Paul Lam since 1999 and currently a Master Trainer for the Tai Chi for Health programs he designed, Pat also offers classes in Yang 24 Competition Forms, Yang 32 Sword Form, Sun 73 Forms, Chen 36 Forms, Five Element Qigong, Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Tai Chi for Heart Conditions, Tai Chi for Back Pain, Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi 4 Kidz, Tai Chi for Life and Tai Chi for Energy through the Cleveland Clinic/Martin Health Systems and the Black Belt Leadership Academy.  Pat has served on the Coordinating Council of the State of Florida Arthritis Partnership and is a Past President of the Tai Chi for Health Community, a non-profit USA organization seeking to improve the quality of peoples lives through Tai Chi for Health programs.  Now serving as a representative on the international Tai Chi for Health Institute Board of Directors, you may find more information on her classes for all ages and abilities on


Below are some useful ideas for teaching young children:

  • There will be less precise instructions, focusing on keeping the flow.
  • Young children like repetition so it is a good idea to start by repeating what you have done before.
  • Young children are not apt to practice at home. So construct your program so they do their practice in the lessons. Do not expect to practice at home, but if they do, be sure to encourage them.
  • Young teens and older children, will benefit with more structure and challenge.
  • Children like imaginations, use stories and imagery that appeal to them.
  • Make sessions shorter. Young children have short attention span, after 5-10 minutes intermix with activities like games or stretching exercise that they can do comfortably.  Children usually feel comfortable when doing something they are familiar with.
  • Work with a group of similar age, e.g. between 5 -7 rather than wide range of age. If you are teaching in the school system, get help from school teachers. Avoid having a large class without teacher’s help.
  • It is good to apply gentle discipline with children so establish some gentle rules like they cannot walk out of the class without giving a reason. A good rule is not to touch each other.
  • If you are teaching the martial art application, be sure you have very small group with well behave children. You must be able to see and supervise such activities.
  • Children like some kind of ritual so the Wushu greeting is a nice ritual to teach them. Indicate the significance of the beginning of the lesson and help them to understand the meaning of mutual respect.
  • As a general rule when children are getting disorganised or look like they have lost interest, the thing to do is to practice with them, keeping the flow. When they are doing something it is much easier to be in control.
  • Expect and encourage good behaviour.
  • Minimal correction. Avoid being too exact with the movement. Just bring in essential principles, e.g. show them and work with them using the posture. Use the imagery of standing upright, like a string but not being tense.
  • A good way to involve the rest of the family is to get other siblings and parents and even grandparents to join the class. You have a chance to introduce tai chi to the whole family and provide them with quality time doing tai chi together. It may be just 10 minutes together  doing a couple of moves but it will be a good activity to bring the family together.
  • Often schools have group sports like football, that require organising and joining groups. Many children when they leave school live stop this group exercise. Whereas tai chi is not a group exercise and it can be done anywhere. So you can motivate the children to practice and enjoy the proficiency of what they can do, the nice feel of tai chi, so even if they stop after your lesson they could eventually come back. I met many people exposed to tai chi as a young child and many years later they pick it up again.
  • Be flexible, if something doesn’t work, try another approach. Children are dynamic and fun, teaching it their ways is more effective.


Pukekohe, Auckland Tamaki Makaurau

Location to be Confirmed ...


Master Trainer Tamara Bennett


[email protected]