QinLiu Qin

Tai Chi Instructor

Originally from Chengdu in south-west China, Qin first began to learn Tai Chi whilst living in the United States. In 2004 she returned back to Shanghai, China and began to follow Yang style descendant master Fu Qingquan. Later she practiced Chen style Tai Chi with descendant master Chenyu and went on to visit the famous Shaolin Temple in Song mountain and various others located in the Wudang mountains to compare, contrast and practice the different forms that she had learned.

In order to understand Tai Chi more deeply, Qin also studied Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism and read most if not all of the famous books written in Chinese on Taichi. After many years of hard work she went on to win the first prize in a 2009 Tai Chi contest held in Shanghai along with both a gold and silver medal at the 2013 Zhuhai & Macau Traditional Tai Chi Invitation Competition.

Qin is one of only a few Chinese Tai Chi instructors who can teach Tai Chi in fluent English. Not only can she teach students how to do every movement, but she can also let students clearly understand what is Tai Chi, what is the philosophy of Tai Chi and what is the best way to practice Tai Chi for each individual person.

After training under Qin’s instruction, students will enhance their body flexibility, grasp the Tai Chi practice method, understand energy channels and the Dantian (the storage of body energy), improve their breathing and respiration and foster a more peaceful mind and body that will enhance and improve their physical health.

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Monika Tai Chi

Monika Forstner

Tai Chi Instructor

Originally from Germany, Monika is an international certified Tai Chi instructor.  Her introduction to the gentle and graceful movements of Tai Chi Chuan began in the Fall of 1992.  Since then she has trained and taught Tai Chi in several different styles, mostly Sun and Yang.  She taught for many years in the US and Germany and assisted workshops in the US and Australia.

Monika suffered from back and neck pain resulting from a motorcycle accident when she was 17 years old.  When she discovered Tai Chi she found she was able to take control over those pain issues.  Tai Chi and her other trainings not only helped her to manage the back and neck pain, but also helped her to grow in personal and spiritual ways.

In the spring of 2007 Monika participated at a workshop in the Tai Chi for Health program developed by Dr. Paul Lam,  Sydney, Australia.  She fell in love with the approach and became certified to teach a variety of Tai Chi for Health programs.

In 1995 Monika graduated from the Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy, Newington, CT and worked as a Massage Therapist in Connecticut and Germany.  Body alignment and movement is Monika’s passion.  This passion guided her into a four year training program in the Feldenkrais Methode.  She is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and she graduated in spring of 2005 from the Chiemsee II training in Germany.

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Chris J. Bradshaw

Certified Health Coach

www.chrisjbradshaw.com 

Originally from England Chris is a Certified Health Coach living and working in the South of China.

Chris believes in a holistic approach to health and well-being, which provides more attention and awareness to prevention rather than cure, through healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices such as good diet and regular exercise.  He works predominantly with busy and overworked professionals who have lots of stress, issues with their digestive systems and want support to eat more healthily, get in better shape and have more energy.

Chris received his training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York City and is certified by the American association of drugless practitioners (AADP).  Before becoming a Health Coach, he earned a B.Sc.(Hons) in Genetics & Management at the University of Liverpool, before completing research and attaining an M.Msc in Metaphysical Sciences investigating the existence of Human Energy Fields.

Chris is a friendly and energetic person with an infectious enthusiasm for life.  He is passionate about serving, inspiring, helping and instructing others on how to improve their lives and overall happiness by first achieving their health and wellbeing goals.  He offers both individual and group health and nutrition coaching programs to China expats, professionals and entrepreneurs and is a creative and fun workshop presenter and public speaker.

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Dr Paul Lam

Dr. Paul Lam (MBBS Univ NSW 1974; FACMA 1984)

Family physician, lecturer and world leader in the field of Tai Chi for health improvement

www.taichiforhealthinstitute.org

Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician and lecturer of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, is a world leader in the field of tai chi for health improvement. Dr. Lam has composed several Tai Chi for Health programs that are supported by foundations and organisations worldwide including the Arthritis Foundation of America, Australia, Osteoporosis Australia, Arthritis Care, UK and Diabetes Australia. He is a the past president (1999,2000 and 2001) and founder of Australian Tai Chi Association of Australia.

His published articles are as follows:

  • Song, Lee E, Lam P, Bae S. Effects of Tai Chi exercise on pain, balance, muscle strength, and physical functioning in older women with osteoarthritis: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Rheumatology. Sept 2003. 30:9 page 2039-2044.
  • Lam P and Stephenson A. Tai Chi for Back Pain: Rationale and Available Evidence Supporting Tai Chi as a Complementary Treatment. Journal Medical Paradigm. August 2004 page 5-12
  • Orr R, Tsang T, Lam P, Comino E, Fiatarone M. Mobility Impairment in Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. Volume 29, Number 9, Sept 2006. page 2120-2122
  • Fransen M, Nairn L, Winstanley J, Lam P,  Edmonds J.  A Randomized Control Trial Of 200 Subjects Comparing Tai Chi, Hydrotherapy And Control, To Measure Improvement In Pain, Physical Function, Muscular Strength And Walking Capacity. Arthritis Care and Research.. Vol.57, No.3, April 15, 2007, pp407-414.
  • Tsang T, Orr R, Lam P, Comino E, Fiatarone M. Health benefits of Tai Chi for older patients with Type 2 diabetes: The “Move It for Diabetes Study” – A randomized controlled trial. Clinical Interventions in Aging 2007:2(3) 429-439
  • Paul Lam, Sarah M Dennis, Terry H Diamond, Nicholas Zwar. Improving Glycaemic and BP control in type 2 diabetes The effectiveness of Tai Chi. Australian Family Physician Vol. 37, No. 10, October 2008 P884-887
  • Tai Chi for fall prevention.  NZ Family Physician Journal.  June 2006 volume 33 number 3 page 202 Dr Paul Lam

His previous speaking events are as follows:

  • Invited speaker for the University of Kansa medical center in Kansa city November 2008
  • Invited speaker of the Australian Annual Rheumatology conference 2008 in Adelaide on the topic of Tai Chi for kids and osteoporosis.
  • Invited speaker and chair of the Tai Chi and exercise section of the 3rd International Complementary Medicine Research Conference 2008 in Sydney.
  • Invited speaker at University of Bologna – the world’s oldest University in Italy 2008.
  • Keynote speaker of The first international Tai Chi for Health conference in Seoul, South Korea 2006
  • Workshop on “Tai Chi for Back Pain” at the 5th interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain in Melbourne November 2004.
  • Speaker at the 5th and 6th World Congress on Physical Activity and Aging in USA 1999 and Canada 2004
  • Speaker at the Annual Scientific Conference of American Association of Diabetes Educators in Indianapolis, Indian, USA August 2004
  • 34th and 37th Annual American College of Rheumtologists Scientific Conference USA
  • National Conferences of the National Association for Gentle Exercise Leaders 2000 and 2001.
  • National Educational conference for Australian Family Physicians
  • Australia Chinese medical association’s annual scientific conferences

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Barry Goldberg

Barry Goldberg

Founder and Chief Instructor of GSDA

www.goldbergselfdefenseacademy.com 

GSDA is the acronym for Goldberg Self Defense Academy which is a new martial art system designed by Founder and Chief Instructor Barry Goldberg.  Barry had the opportunity to grown up in many countries such as South Africa, Israel and Belize where he gained an interest of martial arts and self defense originating from those counties.  He’s been training since his childhood and has had the opportunity to train with some famous instructors such as Hisardut in Herzelia, Israel under the instruction of Dr Dennis Hanover, Wing Chun in Shanghai, China under the instruction of Shifu Wu Jun Hui, Muay Thai in Lamai, Koh Samui, Thailand under Pinyo Muay Thai Camp and Muay Chaiya Boran under the instruction of Peter Goncz of No Rules Combat in Bangrak, Koh Samui.

One thing he found while studying these disciplines is as unique and effective they were, for real world situations they also posed some limitations.  So he set out to create a well rounded form using the best techniques of everything he’s studied and that could be used not only for self defense and protection but with some subtle adjustments offered a complete body work out that trains the body, mind and soul.  The outcome of his efforts is a system that is fast and easy program to learn, but one that will effectively protect oneself, and one that could simultaneously be used to keep fit.   Barry is currently living in Zhongshan, China where he’s recently introduced his system to the public.  To ensure his students are learning the most effective and up to date techniques Barry constantly travels around the world to train and learn systems that can be incorporated into his lesson plans.           _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Terry Ramsay 

HSE Approved First Aid Instructor and Facilitator    

Visiting from the UK Terry Ramsay has many years of experience in emergency medical and social care.  He has a University of Manchester Diploma in Social Work and is stationed at Gwynedd Health Authority Care Unit.

As a member of the Welsh Ambulance service he is a trainer and assessor of ambulance staff, public and the private sector.  His courses cover areas such: AED [shocking], oxygen therapy and first aid.

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Varya Karu

Baby Massage & Perinatal Fitness Instructor 

Varya is an early childhood expert with over 10 years of experience working with children below the age of 10 years.  She has an MA in Languages and Linguistics and is a trained Montessori Educator with NAMC (North American Montessori Center).  She has trained with Baby’s First Massage and with Oh Baby Perinatal Fitness and has been since working with parents and children from birth to 3 years old, coaching pregnant women in how to exercise safely during pregnancy and consulting parents on developmental matters.

Varya also blogs at www.littleartists.blog.com encouraging creativity development in young children and she owns www.zhuhaifamily.com which offers various courses and workshops for parents and babies.  Varya writes her own curriculum for workshop sessions based on her acquired knowledge and experience.  She also makes her own massage oils for infants and young children.

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