There are many forms of Tai Chi including Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun styles. Dr. Paul Lam, an internationally respected physician and Tai Chi multiple medal winner at the world international competition, along with his medical and tai chi colleagues designed a special Tai Chi program that is safe and effective for beginners and for people with a variety of medical conditions. Even more importantly, the program, when practiced regularly, is one way to help maintain health. Dr. Lam chose to develop his program from the Sun style because of its emphasis on balance and higher stances that put less stress on the knees and joints. Though the program was developed for individuals who suffer from arthritis, it is a wonderful program for any individual whether seventeen or ninety. (Bob's oldest students are in their 90s.) His Tai Chi program is the only one endorsed by the National Arthritis Association and recognized by the U.S. Center for Disease Control.
Western medicine now recognizes that Tai Chi is a health benefit, which is supported by medical research. Some of the most prestigious are reports published by Harvard University. Another example is the New Zealand National Healthcare Program, which covers the individual’s cost for classes. Their research indicates that Tai Chi participation has substantially reduced their healthcare costs by millions of dollars, primarily in fall reduction. To read and learn more about Tai Chi and various medical research, click here.
All participants are taught Dr. Lam's Tai Chi for Health and Arthritis. However, more advance students also have the opportunity to learn Yang 24, Sun 73, Tai Chi for Energy 1 & 2, and Qigong exercises.
Yes, this form of Tai Chi is an excellent, gentle way to begin to get back into shape.
Using Dr. Lam’s three-step learning method, students progress at their own pace. You will have no problems nor will you be embarrassed.
The program is designed in step-by- step progressions. Missing multiple sessions will cause you to fall behind. Some students attend classes three times a week. Others fewer. However, ideally you should attend at least one class weekly.
By all means, contact Bob. We can accommodate for many issues.