Based in Townsville, Qld, Mike has been studying and practicing a variety of tai chi styles that have been modified for Tai Chi for Health programs since 2002. Since then, he’s continued his learning and training as a Tai Chi for Health Instructor and is also qualified as a Master Trainer in a number of Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Programs. He is also an Instructor Member of the Tai Chi for Health North Queensland Association Incorporated, and the Tai Chi Association of Australia.
Alongside his wife Denise, Mike continues to provide introductory, beginners and continuing classes to 'Busy People' in Tai Chi for Health programs such as:
And help people learn to modify the more traditional styles so that they are able to perform these styles to suit their own capability, such as:
Projects that help facilitate Tai Chi for Health Instructor workshops and Mentor Sessions throughout the broader Queensland region are Mike’s main focus, with the help of his many tai chi colleagues and the help and support of his wife and business partner Denise.
Denise commenced tai chi in 2002 and has attained qualifications in Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Arthritis 2, Seated Tai Chi and Tai Chi for Falls Prevention, Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi for Osteoporosis, Tai Chi for Energy, Tai Chi for Beginners and become a Senior Trainer in 2012.
When establishing the business "Tai Chi for Busy People” the vision was to make Tai Chi for Health accessible to a variety of community groups and organisations. The business is now an NDIS provider under the banner of “Innovative Community Participation”
With her husband Mike, she is involved in many community projects in the region. While working in partnership with Queensland Health, Mental Health Commission, NDIS, Northern Primary Health Network, local and regional councils they provide programs for Aged Care facilities, the Soldier Recovery Unit, Mates4Mates, Cancer Council, Indigenous Women and Rural Communities.
Denise conducts weekly classes and believes the Tai Chi for Health programs are safe, effective and should be available to everyone in any age group and with any fitness level. She regularly conducts community sessions to encourage participation in this gentle exercise.
As a Senior Trainer for the Tai Chi for Health Institute, Denise will continue to work with the North Queensland communities to assist participants and other instructors to enjoy the Tai Chi for Health experience. She has organised a number of In-Depth workshop with Dr Lam and continues to organise Instructor workshops in the North Queensland region. One of her key philosophies is that all of us have a capacity to actively participate in improving our own health and well-being. By bringing Tai Chi for Health to a diverse number of interest groups, it is hoped to foster interest in performing Tai Chi as a preventative measure rather than a reactive tool to improve quality of health and life.