Vero Beach Karate Association
Family Oriented Self-Defense and Life-Skills Centers • Established 1971 • Enriching Lives for 50 Years!
Tai Chi for Health
Tai Chi for Health is an exercise program that provides a low impact workout — without fear of injury or muscle strain. It can make a dramatic difference in strength, balance, breathing, and overall well-being.
Helpful for Arthritis and Fall Prevention
Tai Chi for Health is based on Sun Style Tai Chi, a specialized Tai Chi program designed by Dr. Paul Lam of Australia for people suffering with Arthritis. One of the important features is safety, with special emphasis on fall prevention. Tai Chi is recognized by the Arthritis Foundation and the Center For Disease Control as a credible way to decrease falls in people 65 and older. Dr. Lam has trained instructors from all over the world to carry on his work.
Mrs. Paulette Zeran, VBKA’s Tai Chi for Health Instructor, has completed Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi training course. Mrs. Zeran is a 7th Degree Black Belt. She has 30 years of Martial Arts teaching experience and is credited with the development of VBKA’s TNT (Tiny Tots) program. She has been a vital part of VBKA and a source of wisdom and guidance for VBKA’s leadership for many years.
Researchers at Beijing University and Harvard Medical School have concluded that Tai Chi can impact people positively — even those with medical problems. According to An Introduction to Tai Chi (Harvard Health Publications), Tai Chi has greatly helped “healthy people whose mission was health preservation as well as people with conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis.” Increased balance and prevention of falls is considered one of the greatest benefits to seniors who participate in Tai Chi sessions at least two times per week. There is overwhelming evidence that modest but regular exercise can help people maintain mobility, agility, and balance into very old age.
Additionally, mental acuity and self-confidence improve, countering depression, anxiety, and stress. These benefits can help practitioners overcome obstacles that might otherwise hold them back.
Tai Chi Benefits:
Monday & Wednesday at 9:00 am
Milestone Plaza • Oslo Road & 20th Avenue
Saturday at 8:30 am
VBKA Main School • 1946 Wilbur Avenue
What to Expect
Each hour starts with slow exercise to build muscle tone, improve flexibility, balance, and deep breathing. Students also learn the Tai Chi For Arthritis Fall Prevention Set.
The fall prevention set is a series of movements with beautiful names and soft slow motion. Each student works slowly to achieve his or her own level of success. Practice is an essential element for reaping the benefits of this exercise program.
Tai Chi can make a difference in your life! Try it and see for yourself.