Tamara Bennett
Master Trainer Tai Chi for Health Institute
FHG Inc – Secretary

Mobile: 021 255 1087
Email: smilingdragontaichi@gmail.com
Website: www.smilingdragon.co.nz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/smilingdragontaichi

Classes: Pukekohe, Waiuku, Mauku/Patumahoe and Tuakau

Online ZOOM Classes: Click Here

Instructor Training workshops nationwide




Physical Fitness Exercise (whakapakari tinana) Gentle movements (nekehanga ngawari)

Classes (community and online), Instructor Training, Corporate, Kidz and BREATHE Coaching


Tai Chi involves a series of slow, fluid, gentle movements that improves fitness, muscle strength, balance and flexibility. Regular movement and breathing effectively can help improve blood pressure, blood sugar levels, cardiovascular function and can also help manage the symptoms of many other ailments.

Community Classes + Weekend Workshops …Tai Chi for Health programmes, Yang 24, Yang 10, Sun 73, Qigong sets, Tai Chi Fan, Tai Chi Cane, 32 Sword,  plus Breathing Effectively. Classes maintain a high standard of safety, encouraging practice, mindfulness and a healthy lifestyle.

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What is Qigong? ‘Qi’ (energy) + ‘gong’ (working with); so Qigong is simply working with your body’s energy and is the foundation of the Chinese health system. Using breathing, movement and meditation to bring awareness, healing and balance to your body inside and out. Smile Within

Qualifications and Member Associations

Tamara has been practising Tai Chi and Qigong since 1999.

  • Authorised Master Trainer TCHI ~ Tai Chi for Health Institute (since 2015) www.taichiforhealthinstitute.com
  • Master Trainer Tai Chi for Memory (2019) Dr Paul Lam, Australia
  • Master Trainer Tai Chi for Heart Conditions (2019) Dr Paul Lam, Australia
  • Master Trainer Tai Chi for Diabetes (2017) Dr Paul Lam, Australia
  • Master Trainer Tai Chi for Energy (2017) Dr Paul Lam, Australia
  • Master Trainer Tai Chi for Rehabilitation (2016) Dr Paul Lam, Australia
  • Master Trainer Tai Chi for Arthritis, Falls Prevention, Seated TCA (2015) Dr Paul Lam, Australia
  • Tai Chi for Osteoporosis Instructor (2013) Dr Paul Lam, Australia
  • Senior Trainer TCHI ~ Tai Chi for Health Institute (2010-2014) www.taichiforhealthinstitute.com
  • Tai Chi for Energy Instructor (2012) Dr Paul Lam, Australia
  • Exploring the Depth of Sun Style 73 (One-Week Sydney 2011, 2015)
  • Tai Chi 4 Kidz Instructor (2010) Dr Paul Lam, Australia
  • Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi Instructor (2009) Sifu Wing Cheung, Canada/China
  • Tai Chi for Diabetes Instructor (2008) Dr Paul Lam, Australia
  • Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis (2006, 2010, 2012 & 2014)
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2 Instructor (2006) Dr Paul Lam, Australia
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor (ACC) (2005)
  • Universal Healing Tao Qigong Associate Instructor (2003) with Gabrielle Euteneuer Senior Instructor for Mantak Chia, Thailand (Initial training 1999-2003)
  • Workplace First Aid (current)
  • Approved Group Community Strength & Balance Instructor (Since 2017)
  • ACC Provider contracted to deliver the Tai Chi for Falls Prevention programme to Franklin District (2006-2012)

Memberships and Offices Held:

  • Franklin Health Group Inc ~ Member & Executive officer (since 2008) www.franklinhealth.co.nz
  • Tai Chi for Health Community NZ Inc ~ Secretary TCHC NZ (since
  • 2011) www.tchc.co.nz
  • NZ Qigong & Traditional Chinese Medicine Association ~ Member & Level 3 Qigong Teacher of NZQTCMA www.qigong.org.nz (since 2010)
  • NZ National T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association ~ Member of NZNTCCA (since 2010)
  • NZ Kung-Fu Wushu Federsation Inc ~ Constituent Member of NZKWF (since 2014)
  • Franklin Health Expo Coordinator (2010, 2011 & 2012)