Instructor John McKinney, in addition to being certified by the Oregon Health Authority in the TCMBB form, holds teaching certification in Dr. Paul Lam Tai Chi for Arthritis and Yang Style Long Form Tai Chi. In 2015 John achieved certification as a Falls Prevention Specialist and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, with an emphasis on contemplative teaching, from PSU.
John, now in his 30th year of Tai Chi, teaches professionally throughout the Portland Area including Mirabella on the South Waterfront, The Courtyard at Mt. Tabor, Mittleman Community Center, SE Multicultural Center and Brentwood Darlington Community Center.
Tai Chi is a centuries old Chinese practice designed to exercise mind and body through a series, of slow, gentle, flowing movements, is generally safe for all ages and fitness levels and is unique in that it originated from a Martial Art. Today, as a result of work carried out by members of the Oregon Research Institute, Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance (TCMBB) has been developed using eight graceful, easy to learn postures. Research has shown that people who complete the 12 week TCMBB program are half as likely to fall and are less fearful about falling. All Tai Chi, if properly taught, provides a falls prevention benifit..
Tai Chi is recommended by the Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Geriatric Society and the British Geriatric Society as a fall prevention exercise program for older adults. Tai Chi is an evidence-based, community-deliverable, and rehabilitation-applicable class.