About us

Kia ora/Say hello to Jocelyn Watkin

If you want to get fitter without puffing, feel healthier and live stronger for longer, then I can teach you how with tai chi.

I am the founder, director and lead instructor of Kia Ora Tai Chi. I have trained in martial arts for 25 years and have focussed solely on tai chi and qigong since 2003 (Yang and Sun-styles of tai chi).

I am a board-certified and premier instructor for Tai Chi for Health Institute:  www.taichiforhealthinstitute.com TCHealth_logo170

Come along to my classes to discover how tai chi can be an exercise that is enjoyable and will help you to improve your health, fitness and well-being.

Qualifications, instructor certifications and professional memberships:

  • Approved Community Group Strength & Balance Programme exercise provider
  • Enter the Flow Qigong instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor (Stages 1 & 2)
  • Certified Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Rehabilitation instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Energy instructor
  • Certificate: Enhancing Yang 24 Forms (workshop with Dr Paul Lam)
  • St John Level 1, First Aid Certificate
  • Diploma of Teaching
  • New Zealand Trained Teacher Certificate
  • Master of Business Administration (with Distinction)
  • Member: Tai Chi for Health Community NZ Inc
  • Board-certified and premier instructor for the Tai Chi for Health Institute:  www.taichiforhealthinstitute.com

I have organised and taught three tai chi and qigong weekend retreats in New Zealand in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

I was the tour organiser/leader for two tai chi overseas trips from New Zealand to Vietnam (2012) and China (2015). This included arranging tai chi training at the sacred Wudangshan (Wudang Mountain in China), which is the tūrangawaewae (spiritual home/a place to stand where you feel especially connected) of tai chi chuan.

All of my Tai Chi for Health classes are approved with the BIG TICK for the Accident Compensation Commission’s programme: Community Group Strength and Balance Programme.

I grew up in New Plymouth, Taranaki, and have lived in Wattle Downs, Manurewa, Auckland since 1990.

 

Kia ora to the Kia Ora Tai Chi team

Smiling man in white t-shirt with Chinese design on it, sitting at a cafe in a Chinese town

Barry relaxing in Wudangshan (China) after a hard day of tai chi training.

Barry Vodanovich 

Barry has trained in tai chi for 14 years (Yang and Sun-styles), including at the sacred Wudangshan (Wudang Mountain in China), which is the spiritual home / tūrangawaewae of tai chi chuan. He has been with Kia Ora Tai Chi from the very first day and has the following qualifications and professional memberships:

  • Approved Community Group Strength & Balance Programme exercise provider
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor
  • Certified Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention instructor
  • Certificate of Achievement: Combined 42-step form (Yang style)
  • MediTrain First Aid Certificate, including CPR and use of a defibrillator
  • Member: Tai Chi for Health Community NZ Inc
  • Board certified and premier instructor for the Tai Chi for Health Institute.
Two smiling women holding certificates

Pat (in the red shirt) was awarded her Tai Chi for Memory and Tai Chi for Heart Conditions instructor qualifications by Master Trainer Rani Hughes

     

Pat James 

Pat has trained in tai chi for several years (Sun and Yang-styles), including in the UK.

She is a foundation student of Kia Ora Tai Chi and became an instructor in 2017. She has the following qualifications and professional memberships

  • Approved Community Group Strength & Balance Programme exercise provider
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor (Stages 1 & 2)
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Memory Instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Heart Conditions Instructor
  • Associate member of the Tai Chi for Health Community NZ Inc

 

Man in red shirt smiling as he is awarded his certificate by a woman in a blue shirt

Ned was awarded his Tai Chi for Arthritis Stage 2 instructor qualification by Master Trainer Tamara Bennett

 

 

Ned Te Hira

Ned has trained in tai chi for nearly four years (Sun and Yang-styles).

He is a foundation student of Kia Ora Tai Chi and became an instructor in 2017. He has the following qualifications and professional memberships:

  • Approved Community Group Strength & Balance Programme exercise provider
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor (Parts 1 & 2)
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention instructor
  • St John Level 1, First Aid Certificate
  • Member: Tai Chi for Health Community NZ Inc
  • Board certified instructor for the Tai Chi for Health Institute

 

Smiling man in red shirt holding a certificate

Jeff with his qualification as a Community Group Strength & Balance Programme exercise provider

Jeff Shepherd

Jeff has trained in tai chi for nearly four years (Sun and Yang-styles). He is a foundation student of Kia Ora Tai Chi and became an instructor in 2018. He has the following qualifications and professional memberships:

  • Approved Community Group Strength & Balance Programme exercise provider
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor
  • Certified Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Memory Instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Heart Conditions Instructor
  • St John Level 1, First Aid Certificate
  • Member: Tai Chi for Health Community NZ Inc
  • Board certified and premier instructor for the Tai Chi for Health Institute.

 

Photo of a woman with one hand over her head like the wing of a white crane

Lyn demonstrating the tai chi move of “white crane spreads its wings”

Lyn Schimanski

Lyn has trained in martial arts for over 10 years and attained a First Dan black belt in karate. She has focussed solely on tai chi and qigong since 2019 (Yang and Sun-styles of tai chi.

She became an instructor in 2019 and has the following qualifications and professional memberships:

  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor
  • Certified Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Memory Instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Heart Conditions Instructor
  • Member: Tai Chi for Health Community NZ Inc
  • Board certified and premier instructor for the Tai Chi for Health Institute.

 

Man in red shirt doing a tai chi pose next to a big chart

Grant with the tai chi principles chart.

Grant Williams

Grant has trained in tai chi for nearly four years (Sun and Yang-styles).

He is a foundation student of Kia Ora Tai Chi and became an instructor in 2020. He has the following qualifications:

  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor
  • Certified Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention instructor

 

Three smiling people in red shirts, each holding several certificates.

From left to right: Pat, Jocelyn and Ned on the day they were awarded their Tai Chi for Arthritis Stage 2 instructor qualification. Jocelyn was tested and awarded updates on all of her other instructor qualifications on the same day.

Jeff (on the left) was awarded his Tai Chi for Arthritis, Fall Prevention and Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor qualifications on the same day that Barry was tested and awarded updates on all of his instructor qualifications.

Group of 5 people holding certificates.

Pat, Lyn and Jeff on the day they were awarded their Tai Chi for Memory and Tai Chi for Heart Conditions instructor qualifications. From left to right: Master Trainer Rani Hughes. Pat, Lyn, Jeff and Master Trainer Tamara Bennett.

Barry (blue jacket) and Jocelyn (next to Barry) about to enter the tai chi training ground at Wudangshan (Wudang Mountain in China), which is the spiritual home / tūrangawaewae of tai chi chuan.