Tai Chi

Andrew Hardwick is a Sport Wellington approved provider of Group Strength & Balance Programs

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Andrew Hardwick & Dr Paul Lam


Me with Dr Paul Lam at the Tai Chi For Health Conference Palmerston North, NZ, 2009


Me with my son Joel, having just received our Black Belt 1st Dan Grade in Taekwon-Do

Andrew Hardwick & Joel Hardwick

How Tai Chi Can Help You


Originating in China, Tai Chi (alternately Taiji) is considered one of the oldest martial arts, and continues to influence 'newer' martial arts today. Tai Chi has the advantage that it can be practiced from a very young age to a very old age. When watching people practice tai chi, it looks slow, but to achieve graceful, strong movement at such speeds requires strength and balance of mind and body.


Over time, regular practice will enable you to increase your own serenity, breath control, coordination and flexibility of both mind and body, through gentle, low-impact exercises

My Tai Chi History

Martial arts has been part of my life ever since I saw my first Bruce Lee movie as a teenager.  For a while I trained in 3 martial arts, those being Taekwon-Do, Tai Chi and Kendo, for which I have competed in competitions in the UK & NZ

  • My first Tai Chi experience was at a workshop in Sheffield, UK, instructed by Willie Lim, Combat Tai Chi Master

  • My Tai Chi Instructor is Ray Poy at Qigong Tai Chi Chuan

  • I was taught the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Energy forms by Dr Paul Lam, Founder of the Tai Chi For Health Foundation, Sydney, Australia.

  • I also contacted Dagmar Nissen Munn, creator of "Gentle Tai Chi - Meditation In Motion", which she created for patients on a Cardio-Thoracic Unit in the US, and gained permission to teach her form here in NZ.

  • I am a Sport Wellington Approved Provider of Group Strength & Balance Classes, through my NSTC classes.

Not Strictly Tai Chi


I have been a Tai Chi Instructor since 2009. My process is to blend traditional, modern and modified Tai Chi forms with gentle exercises, in sessions that I call "Not Strictly Tai Chi" (NSTC)


NSTC sessions can take the form of:

  • Private 1-2-1 coaching (same hourly rate as coaching)

  • Private groups (prices negotiable)

  • Workshops for clubs and business (prices negotiable)

  • Public sessions (2020 prices = $10 per person per class)

Forms & Exercises Commonly Taught At My Classes

  • Warm-Ups

  • The 8 Forms

  • The 24 Forms

  • Arthritis Form

  • Energy Form

  • Diabetes Form

  • Gentle Tai Chi - Meditation In Motion

  • Brocades (Variant of 18 Silk Brocades)

  • The 4 Seasons Qigong

  • Strength & Balance Exercises

  • Breathing Exercises

  • Mindfulness Exercises

  • Cool Downs

Contact Andrew For Tai Chi on 021 153 2508