I’ve helped adults learn the moves and improve their health for more than 23 years.
My contribution to the community was acknowledged during Adult Learner Week when I was presented with an Innovative Provider Award from Te Kupenga o Manukau, a co-operative of community education facilities in Manukau. It’s the first time I had ever won an award and I was surprised just to be nominated.
Winning the award made me reflect on my vocation, spending much of my life teaching tai chi.
I started practising the routines 25 years ago when I was told I needed surgery to relieve my back problem, a spinal fusion which sounded very serious.
I came back to New Zealand from Asia and here they [doctors] were hesitant. They told me to try everything else first. I increased my commitment to tai chi and the movements eased away my tension and pain. I did not need the surgery.