UK & Europe Master Trainers - Tai Chi for Health

Master Trainers (MTs) are trained and authorised by Dr Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health Institute to train and certify instructors

Master Trainer and Senior Trainer workshop Oberdorf, Switzerland May 2015

 Master Trainer and Senior Trainer workshop in Oberdorf, Switzerland, May 2015

Nuala Perrin, UK

Nuala Perrin is based in Manchester and has been doing tai chi for over 20 years.  She has completed all Paul Lam's tai chi for health programmes.

She works tirelessly, holding Tai Chi for Health workshops in the North, Scotland, Northern Ireland and other parts of the country, and connecting with the Master Trainers in Europe.

She is on the committee drawing up guidelines for training Tai Chi for Health Senior Trainers.

Nuala, with a  team of Senior Trainers, has organised a number of highly successful workshops in Manchester for Dr Paul Lam.

Linda Arksey, UK

As a qualified Remedial Massage & Manipulative Therapist, Linda became initially interested in Tai Chi and Qi Gong in 1984 whilst working with Ice Skaters.

Over the next few years Linda became a qualified Tai Chi instructor in Yang style 24, 42 and sword forms and used this knowledge in her busy Complementary Health Clinic, and as an Ice Dancing coach. Since this time Linda has done voluntary Tai Chi teaching to local self-help groups.


Veronica Ashcroft, UK

Veronica discovered the joys of tai chi on her journey to wellness, while recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome.  Given the opportunity to teach, her fascination and passion increased, as the treasures of this internal martial art continue to be revealed through practice, study and sharing with others.  Since attending Dr Paul Lam’s workshops and adopting his Tai Chi for Health programmes, Veronica has been able to make tai chi accessible to a wider range of practitioners.  She is now keen to encourage others to become instructors of the TCH programmes, and to educate health practitioners about this safe, medically proven and life-enhancing approach to tai chi.

She is also an instructor member of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts and the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain, and gained a team gold medal Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong with the Longfei Taijiquan Association of Great Britain.  As well as many of the Tai Chi for Health programmes and the Sun 73, she particularly enjoys learning and teaching Yang Style Sword.

A childhood love of ballet has evolved through contemporary dance and movement study, and aromatherapy massage (with an approach based on Traditional Chinese Medicine), to come together as a holistic way of life through tai chi and qigong.  Veronica also celebrates the miracle of the human body by attending life-drawing sessions, especially enjoying the energy of short, dynamic poses.

Roberto Crea, Italy and Spain

Studying as a Massage Therapist Roberto specialises and is licensed in applying Tai Chi to people with special needs.  Experiencing the Qi Gong and Meditation training as instruments to relieve pain and settle the mind, he developed interest in Dharma practice.  As a natural evolution Roberto joined Dr Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health program, getting certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis, as well as Tai Chi for Diabetes, 73 Sun style, 36 Chen style.

Roberto is taking his teaching to people with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson and Fibromyalgia. 

As a Master Trainer of Dr Lam Tai Chi for Health programs, Roberto is cooperating with resident instructors in Europe, including Bologna in Italy and Barcelona and Madrid in Spain.  He organizes workshops and regular classes for the community, teaching Tai Chi to people with mental health challenges, and working with Universities and physiotherapist associations to increase the use of TaiChi practice in the health care system, in this way, sharing and supporting Dr Paul Lam's project in Europe.

 Amanda Gyllensten, Sweden

Amanda Gyllensten, Sweden

Amanda is a a physical therapist working at the University of Lund, teaching students. She has been practicing and teaching Yang style Tai chi for many years together with a Body Awareness program.

Amanda met Paul Lam and learned Tai Chi for Arthritis when visiting Australia in 2003 and was very impressed. She now teaches TCA to patients with hip osteoarthritis and she also does research into the area. Amanda is very happy to be able to help to spread TCA to professionals, patients and the medical community.


Ellen Reistma, Switzerland, Netherlands and Europe

 Ellen has been a physical therapist since 1978 and has been living and working in Switzerland since 1987. 

She started practising Tai Chi because her back pain and arthritis forced her to find a gentle way to keep her body and mind fit. She loved doing Tai Chi, but found that not every style, form, or teacher was good for her health.  In 2003, just before a visit to Australia, Ellen visited Dr. Paul Lam’s web site and was very interested. She attended her first Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop with Dr. Lam in a library in Hurstville, Sydney, Australia. This workshop not only inspired her, it changed her life. It was the beginning of her Tai Chi for Health journey.

That was in 2003 and Ellen is still travelling along the road on her tai chi journey, enjoying Sun Style Tai Chi and the friends she found and still finds on her way.  She has been to America and Australia to the one week workshops to improve her Tai Chi and did Sun 73 in Depth.  She is a Master Trainer since January 2010, teaching the Tai Chi for Health Programs and spreading the word in Switzerland, Holland and throughout Europe.  In 2006 and 2007 she did a Qigong-teacher training with Prof. Qingbo Sui from Laoshan-Zentrum für Lebenspflege Hamburg/Shandong