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Teaching Tai Chi Effectively Book - Revised and Updated


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Simple and proven methods to make tai chi accessible to everyone

225 Pages & 81 color photos

An Australian family physician, Dr Lam is one of the most experienced and respected tai chi teachers in the world. He has trained over five thousand teachers using his unique teaching system based on more than 30 years’ experience, the latest research relating to learning, tai chi philosophy and medical knowledge. This system, along with his teaching method, has been adopted by tai chi teachers worldwide, resulting in dramatic reductions in drop-out rates and greater student and teacher enjoyment.

Within these pages you will find:

• an analysis of an effective teacher.
• a practical and comprehensive teaching system, illustrated with real life examples.
• a treasure trove of useful teaching tools.

Now revised and updated with a new section designed to guide the teacher working with people of different ages and conditions — from people with arthritis to Parkinson’s to children, pregnant women, older adults and people in the workplace.

“This remarkable book needs to come with a warning: ‘Beware, Dr. Lam’s extraordinary passion for Tai Chi and creating teachers will change you and the world". It could not come at a more opportune time as we search for practical and effective solutions to the epidemic of chronic disease. The role of Tai Chi to influence the course of most if not all chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease has very much come front and center as an important healthcare strategy. Bravo, a new day cometh.” John H. Klippel, M.D., President & CEO, Arthritis Foundation, USA

“Here is wisdom distilled from decades of experience in the art of Tai Chi. Dr. Paul Lam's insights into this art, and its instruction, resonate with profound beauty and simplicity. Through these meditations and their lessons, both the destination and the pathway are illuminated." Vincent Lam, M.D., author of Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, winner of the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Toronto, Canada

“Medical research supporting Tai Chi's health benefits has greatly fanned its popularity. A new generation of Tai Chi instructors, armed with both practical and professional skills, is needed to teach this art to an increasingly diverse population. Teaching Tai Chi Effectively is an invaluable resource for new instructors wanting to develop their Tai Chi teaching skills and for seasoned teachers wanting to deepen their craft.” Peter Wayne, Ph.D., Director of Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research Programs, Harvard Medical School

“Dr. Paul Lam’s revised edition of Teaching Tai Chi Effectively presents a systematic collection of comprehensive and practical advice from one of the world’s top Tai Chi experts. This advice is applicable for Tai Chi teachers of all levels, as it covers all aspects of teaching Tai Chi, not only instruction of a class, but also marketing and financing considerations— items which most Tai Chi teachers must handle themselves. Particularly noteworthy is the section on how to differentiate teaching for various types of students: small children, teenagers, pregnant women, people in working setting, and people with chronic conditions and limited mobility. Complimenting the advice are Dr. Lam’s and his certified trainers’ real world experience found in the Teaching Tips, Food for Thought, and My Story snippets. These help the reader to better apply the given advice. This book contains a rich mine field? of knowledge. The American Tai Chi and Qigong Association strongly recommends it to Tai Chi instructors of any level or of any style.” Gary Jiang, President, American Tai Chi and Qigong Association

“I have found Teaching Tai Chi Effectively an excellent teaching resource. It focuses on topics so often neglected in Tai Chi Manuals, such as how to; encourage learner’s confidence, give feedback on performance, work at learner’s? individual pace, and create a positive learning environment.” Dr. Alastair Black, Consultant Psychotherapist, UK

"As a research rheumatologist and having conducted extensive research studies of tai chi for arthritis and related conditions, I know it is of vital importance when teaching tai chi to people with arthritis to do so safely and effectively. Dr Lam is an experienced family physician as well as a tai chi teacher. This book is a must read for teachers who work with older people or people with chronic conditions such as arthritis.” Chenchen Wang, MD, MSc, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

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  1. Every instructor can benefit from this book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jul 2021

    Not only is Dr. Lam's approach to teaching Tai Chi clear and effective, but the way he communicates his teaching method in his book is clear and concise. While this book is written to teach Tai Chi effectively, I have found Dr. Lam's teaching approach helpful as an instructor in my other health fitness class as well. I have been enriched by reading Dr. Lam's book and applying his teaching methods. More importantly my class participants have greatly benefited from Dr. Lam sharing his abundant wealth of teaching experience in this book.

  2. A must reading for Tai Chi Instructors 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Mar 2020

    I could not teach Tai Chi without the help of this book! It has the breadth and the depth of information that I find very helpful as an instructor to confidently teach Tai Chi. It's like I have Dr. Paul Lam by my side showing me how to "effectively" teach Tai Chi.

  3. Very pleased with this! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Jul 2019

    I'm a certified Tai Chi Chih teacher and I especially liked the section on teaching elderly students and those with special needs.

  4. Helpful companion resource to video lessons 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd May 2019

    Helpful information to supplement and complement the video lessons.

  5. Easy to read, 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd May 2019

    The book was well organized and easy to read.

  6. Best Teaching Practices 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Sep 2018

    This little book is packed with step-by-step instructions and discussion of principles and concepts of Tai Chi that are crucial for any Tai Chi teacher. Applying all three has greatly improved by effectiveness.

  7. Uniquely Informative, Instructive basic & profound 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Aug 2018

    This very informative book is one of my favorite Tai Chi
    instructional publications.

  8. A resource for new guides 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jun 2018

    I chose this book as a text for teaching techniques for guides in our tai chi school. First discussion and practice is tomorrow. I look forward to reading the new section on guiding people with special conditions. Such students have reached out for special help in my teaching experience. It will be good to have Master Lam’s guidance for these valued students. Gratitude.

  9. Definite read for all instructors 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th May 2018

    the inclusion of chronic conditions to be aware of a must read

  10. A "must" read for Medical Professionals & Tai Chi Teachers 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st May 2018

    Effective, yes!
    Dr. Paul Lam writes with vast experience and humble integrity.
    This book contains the basic essentials and guidelines for anyone interested in understanding Tai Chi as a health benefit and sharing the practice. Thank You!

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