About us

Smiling woman in a red shirt

Jocelyn Watkin, founder and director

Kia ora to the Kia Ora Tai Chi team

We teach Tai Chi for Health to help you to:

    • improve your health and well-being
    • reduce stress and anxiety
    • get fitter without puffing
    • boost your immunity, and
    • live stronger for longer.

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

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

Jocelyn’s qualifications, instructor certifications and professional memberships:

  • Approved Community Group Strength & Balance Programme exercise provider
  • Qigong Foundation Practices instructor
  • 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

Jocelyn has specialist skills in teaching tai chi to young people and adults who are blind or have low-vision, including at the Homai campus of Blind, Low Vision Education Network NZ (BLENNZ) and James Cook High School in Manurewa.

In addition to her twice weekly evening classes in Manurewa, Jocelyn teaches tai chi at the Acacia Cove Retirement Village and also free classes at Turuki Health Care in Mangere,

She has organised and taught three tai chi and qigong weekend retreats in New Zealand in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and is planning an international tai chi and qigong retreat in Vanuatu in May 2021.

She 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), which is the tūrangawaewae (spiritual home/a place to stand where you feel especially connected) of tai chi chuan.

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

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

Come along to her Kia Ora Tai Chi classes to discover how tai chi can be an exercise that is enjoyable and will help you to improve your over all health and fitness.

Kia ora to:

Smiling man in a red shirtBarry Vodanovich 

Barry has trained in tai chi for 15 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.
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 over 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 (Stages 1 & 2)
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention instructor
  • First Aid Certificate of Training
  • 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 over 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
  • First Aid Certificate of Training
  • 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 11 years and achieved 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 a tai chi instructor in 2019 and 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 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
  • Certified Tai Chi for Life 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 over 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:

  • Approved Community Group Strength & Balance Programme exercise provider
  • 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
  • Board certified instructor for the Tai Chi for Health Institute
  • First Aid Certificate of Training

 

Two smiling women holding certificates

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

Pat James (retired instructor)

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 now retired as a full instructor but still supports and assists Jocelyn and the other instructors when she can. She had previously qualified as:

  • 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

 

Associate instructor with Kia Ora Tai  Chi

Head and shoulder photo of a smiling woman wearing a red shirt

Aria Tauroa

Aria is a long-term instructor of Tai Chi for Health programmes. She collaborates with Kia Ora Tai Chi on various tai chi projects and is a co-instructor with Jocelyn at Turuki Health Care. 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 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
  • Certified Tai Chi for Osteoporosis instructor
  • Certified Tai Chi for Diabetes instructor
  • Member: Tai Chi for Health Community NZ Inc
  • Board certified and premier instructor for the Tai Chi for Health Institute.
Group of people doing tai chi outside

Aria and Jocelyn leading a Maori Tai Chi session for Matariki 2020 at the Otara Kai Village

Group photo of smiling people showing the hand movement for "open and close" in Tai Chi for Arthritis

Go TEAM RED. Along with other instructors, five Kia Ora Tai Chi instructors (in red shirts) were awarded or refreshed their qualifications for Tai Chi for Arthritis, Part 2. Seated: Aria. Standing (from left to right): Grant, Lyn, Ned and Jocelyn. The Master Trainer for NZ, Tamara Bennett, is seated centre. (July 2020)

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. (2019)

Smiling man and woman, both in red shirts and holding achievement certificates

Lyn and Grant with their Approved Community Group Strength and Balance Programme provider certificates (2020)

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 (2015).