TCA/TCAFP Instructor Workshop - virtual - January 2022 - Lorraine Noval

When and Where

Date: 24 Jan 2022 - 1 Feb 2022
Time: 8:30 - 12:30 each day
Address: Virtual training from: Asian Arts Group Tai Chi Center
United States



 What is Tai Chi for Arthritis?

Dr Paul Lam and his team of medical and tai chi experts designed this program to be safe and effective for people with arthritis; 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 (TCA) is easy to learn, effective and safe. It improves flexibility and muscle strength, increases heart/lung activity, aligns posture, improves balance, and integrates the mind and body. The TCA program includes warm up and cool down exercises, the twelve movement set on both sides, the teaching method, knowledge about arthritis and how to teach this program safely.

Qualified participants who successfully complete the course will be eligible to become Board Certified instructors.

Millions of people around the world have gained health benefits from the TCA 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  

To learn how to teach this program effectively and safely

To discover how tai chi improves health and arthritis

To learn Dr Lam's Stepwise Progressive Teaching Method

To gain essential knowledge about arthritis

To learn about the essential principles of tai chi

To improve your level of tai chi in a positive, enjoyable and interactive environment


Anyone is welcome to attend, but in order to be certified as an instructor, please check the recommended qualifications listed below.

Physical therapists or physiotherapists

Tai chi teachers or advanced students

Exercise instructors

Other similar professionals

Participants will receive either an attendance or instructor/leader’s certificate.

They will then be eligible to become Board Certified.

By the Completion of the Workshop

You will:

Know the Tai Chi for Arthritis set at a deeper level

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 attract and retain more students


Wear loose comfortable clothes and flat shoes suitable for exercise.

NB: The name of the Master Trainer authorized by Dr Lam to conduct this workshop is displayed on the workshop location and details page.

Tai Chi for Health Program Updates

At this workshop instructors have an opportunity to update their other Tai Chi for Health certifications. For more information please contact the Master Trainer conducting the workshop.

 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 Health Instructor upon successful completion of the program. All other persons will be qualified as Leaders of the program.

Australian Physiotherapy Association This course is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. For more details please contact the organiser.


For the USA:

The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that “Tai Chi for Health Institute” meets the
criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2018 December 2021). Approved Providers and their content reflect the
concepts of their respective organizations and do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of ACSM. Providership # 701292.
ACSM approved providership of this program does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.”



This instructor training workshop is for the dual certificates Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention.  Two training completion certificates will be issued at the successful conclusion of the training.

New Certifications:

In general, for instructor trainings for new certifications there is now an opportunity to attend the 14 hours (the usual 2 days) of training using the Zoom platform, and then attend two 1-hour 1-on-1 practicum sessions on Zoom with the Master Trainer (a 1-hour practicum if you already hold an active certificate from TCHI and are Board Certified).   

Preparation for this training includes reading the book, Teaching Tai Chi Effectively and the Handbook, Tai Chi for Arthirits and Falls Prevention, and working through the DVD, Tai Chi for Arthritis.  In addition, the completion/submission of a quiz is required prior to the training, as well as a recording of your attempt at performing the Tai Chi for Arthritis routine.  The recording will be done on the Zoom platform and the link (or MP4) sent to the Master Trainer in advance of the first training segment.

The virtual training will be scheduled as 4 segments of 4 hours.  For this training, the 4 virtual training segments will be from 8:30 to 12:30 on January 24 (Monday), 25 (Tuesday), 31 (Monday),  and February 1 (Tuesday).  Participants must attend all four segments to be eligible for the training completion certificates. These segments will be conducted using the Zoom platform.  There is no charge to use Zoom (that is, you do not have to have a paid account to attend the training).  No travel is required for this training since all components are virtual.

The practicum sessions will be scheduled for the 3-4 weeks after the conclusion of the four training segments.  After the successful completion of the practicum(s), the training completion certifiacates will be issued.

A discount code for purchasing any needed materials will be provided.


Instructor Recertifications:

Recertifications/updates are being done virtually and are not part of this training.  The recertification process is to complete the written assignment packet and then spend an hour on Zoom with the Master Trainer.  The Zoom session will include the usual recertification/update activities: doing the warm-ups, the Tai Chi routine(s) you are updating, and teaching one form using the Stepwise Progressive Teaching Method.  There will also be discussion of safety, falls prevention, teaching effectively, and any other topics, as appropriate.  Note:  For recertifications, you should go back to the Master Trainer that originally certified you.



 Instructor Certification Workshop:   $275.  Early bird is $230, if payment is received by December 29, 2021.

A discount code will be provided to purchase any needed materials that were referenced above.

Cancellation: $60 administrative fee for cancellations after January 12; 2022.


1) Checks (or Money Orders) should be sent to "Albany Tai Chi" at:

     Albany Tai Chi

     112 Manning Blvd

     Albanny, NY  12203

2) Credit card payments - contact Lorraine at 518-527-8412 to process credit card payment


Virtual Training from:

Asian Arts Tai Chi Center

28 Essex Street

Albany, NY  12206



Senior Trainer:   Kate McKee -  [email protected]

Master Trainer:  Lorraine Noval -  [email protected]