The PKA Karate Academy in Pittsburgh is the first martial arts academy / school in Western Pennsylvania to offer the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program.  In having a co-sponsorship with the Arthritis Foundation, the PKA Karate Academy is an approved program site to teach Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Program.

Tai Chi for Health is a program to reduce pain and improve your mental and physical well-being.  The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, developed by Dr., uses gentle Sun-Style Tai Chi routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level.  The program can be taught and practiced from the standing or seated positions.  It can be done in a private setting, group class or in the comfort of one’s own home.


What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi or Taijiquan is an ancient form of slow, smooth and rhythmic motion which began in China.  Growing in popularity today, Tai Chi is often witnessed being practiced in public parks early in the morning when the air is at its freshest.  Tai Chi is sometimes referred to as “meditation in movement”, “swimming in air” for how it appears.  And with more medical studies being released on its benefits, it’s also now being referred to as “medication in motion.”  (Harvard Women’s Health Watch, May 2009).  It has also been the subject of numerous studies over the years for its many benefits in dealing with various health issues, such as Parkinson’s, for example.  (New England Journal of Medicine, Feb 2012)

The many benefits are due to the fact that it is a very soft martial art, unlike karate, jiu jitsu, judo or any of the hard martial arts which rely on force and speed.

Tai Chi strengthens our internal energy, and allows it to flow more freely through the body.  It is gentle and non-violent, though after much practice it can be an extremely effective form of self defense.


What is Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health?

Dr. Lam’s program has been designed and developed over the years to help reduce stress, increase balance and flexibility, help students feel relaxed and improve one’s overall mind, body and spirit.

Each class is taught by a certified instructor and begins with specific warm-up exercises, followed by learning and practicing the basic Tai Chi forms and how to execute them properly with the proper principles to develop, gain and maintain the desired results, based on one’s ailments, physical limitations or pain issues.  Each class also ends with a designed cool-down series of exercises.

Dr. Lam’s program is currently in over 25 foreign countries and has over 8,000 certified instructors world-wide.  As of 2009, there are over 2 million practitioners around the world teaching, working or utilizing his programs in some fashion.


Besides the PKA Karate Academy- Pittsburgh location, PKA Karate will also expand and open up its third location in January 2013, in Collier Township, across from the Club at Nevillewood to provide this cutting-edge health program to members of the surrounding communities.



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