A fun activity
to develop children's concentration and coordination
'Tai chi is a way to exercise your
limbs and make you concentrate on your work.'
Dan, age 10
'Tai Chi cleanses my body and helps
me with my work.'
Katiana, age 9
Dr Paul Lam, a family
physician in Sydney, Australia, is a world leader in the field of Tai Chi for
health improvement. Cheryl Lee Player, a dance and tai chi teacher, has enjoyed
teaching children tai chi for many years. They have combined their experience
and love for children to create this program to bring balance and harmony for
An introductory section for
teachers and parents provides information on Tai Chi and how to teach the
program. Starting with a fun gathering in the park, Dr Lam and Cheryl teach the
program including warming up and cooling down exercises. To conclude, Dr Lam
demonstrates the entire set from the front on and back on positions.
How to Use
We recommend that parents
and teachers learn this program with the kids. Firstly, view the entire DVD to
gain an overview and create a fun and active setting for teaching. Use the
program as a way to share quality time with children that is healthy, relaxing
and enjoyable. Utilize imagery and games to add appeal. Most importantly:
frequently praise the kids; focus on the flow and principles of tai chi. Place
less importance on the exactness.
Below are some methods
you can apply:
- Introduce the "salute",
children love the ritual greeting. Begin and end each class with this
- Smile and make it fun,
children will reflect your attitude and sincerity.
- Learn the essential
principles of tai chi and express them through the movements; the kids will
follow your lead.
- Be flexible. When the
children get restless, introduce a game, go for a group run or tell a story to
keep their attention.
Neck - open door and looking
at the sun
" Open door to the side
" Look straight to the sun and then
down to see the pebbles
Shoulder - Invisible circles
and gathering sun beams
" Hands on top of the shoulders and make circles
Hands up and down, open to greet the sun
Spine - bear stretches and
" Stretch up to reach heaven and the other hand down to
" Take the ball to the left and to the right with knees
Hips - feel the pebbles and
" Bring foot to the front to feel the water and then to the back to
feel for the towel.
" Knees slightly bent kick to the side like a bear
kicking the beehive.
Knees -Kicks and
" Stretch and punch forward.
" Step forward to punch.
Form 1 -
Form 2 - Open and Close
Form 3 - Brush Knee x 3
Form 4 -
Form 5 - Wave Hands
Form 6 - Stroking Bird's Tail
Form 7 -
The set is made up of
several small building blocks to capture children's attention; each block is
like a small tai chi set itself. You can teach each block independently and join
any two or more blocks together. Putting any one Form inside Forms 1,2 and 7
will make a block.
When you reach the end of
the recording, you can practice with Dr Lam by following him as he demonstrates
the entire set with his back to you.
If you wish to learn more from Dr Lam's
instructional DVD/videos, Tai Chi for Young People is the next step, followed by
the Combined 42 Forms.