About Us

Pete, Marian and daughter at black belt grading

When you planned to have a thick head of curly hair all your life!

Pete Mullender

Hi, I’m Pete. I live in New Zealand with my wife and daughter. I had my first taste of martial arts as a teenager with Taekwondo, I was keen to be the next Karate Kid. After a short break, until my thirties, I rekindled my dream and I started karate with my family. This time I found enough strength to get to black belt and even did a bit of teaching. We were really keen to create a wellbeing system for schools and people with disabilities. When we discovered how great tai chi can be for this, we were hooked.

The best thing I like about tai chi (and also within karate), besides all the healthy stuff, is the link between the movements in the forms to the applications. The forms are like a moving book, passing knowledge through time. Although tai chi can be used just for health and mindfulness, knowing the origins of the movements can give another layer of purpose to the practice.

I really like the fact that with tai chi, there is always more to learn and there are plenty of fantastic people to learn from. I would love to share with you what I know now and in the future what I will be learning in the present. I think that’s right, oh, also I do the humour!

Some relevant bits of the past:

BSc Degree

Diploma in Design

Wadō-ryū Karate Black Belt 1st Dan

CIT Martial Arts Certified Instructor

REPs Teaching Physical Activity to Children

Nutrition and Weight Management Course

1st Aid and Child Protection

Tai Chi for Health Institute Instructor Courses – Diabetes / Arthritis / Arthritis 2 / Beginners / Kids / Osteoporosis / Energy / Yang 24 Depth / Sun 73

Gold in Taijiquan Bare Hand Group Routine NZ National Kung-fu Wushu Championship

Pete, Marian and daughter at mountain top wedding

When you planned for a Beach Wedding but end up on a Mountain!

Marian Mullender

Hi, I’m Marian.  I am really enjoying living in New Zealand with my husband and daughter.

I started my journey into the wellbeing world with yoga and karate.  Then I found tai chi when looking to start a programme for children.  Tai chi has given me enjoyment, balance and moments of calm in my life.

I have been in education for over 20 years and have a lot of experience of teaching children and young people who have a wide range of disabilities.  The thing I like most about my work is seeing the development and discovery of new skills and abilities in the students and how this helps them navigate their world.  I see how tai chi has helped them with self-regulation, physical benefits and also they have had a lot of fun while doing it. 

I loved hearing from the adults in our community sessions telling me how they have found the tai chi has helped them in their daily lives. 

I have a passion for movement and its positive effect on wellness.  I really hope you can share some of this journey with me and join me on the pathway to wellbeing.  See you there!

Some relevant bits of the past:

BA Degree and Postgraduate Teaching Qualification

Diploma in Educational Studies

Special Education Teacher

Wadō-ryū Karate Black Belt

British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course

Rainbow Yoga Kids Instructor Training

Yoga for the Special Child

REPs Teaching Physical Activity to Children

Nutrition and Weight Management Course

1st Aid and Child Protection

Tai Chi for Health Institute Instructor Courses – Diabetes / Arthritis / Arthritis 2 / Beginners / Kids / Osteoporosis / Energy / Yang 24 Depth / Sun 73

Gold in Taijiquan Bare Hand Group Routine NZ National Kung-fu Wushu Championship

Tai Chi Earth Logo - Earth Water and Air

Tai Chi Earth

We set up Tai Chi Earth in the UK over ten years ago and we have now moved everything to New Zealand. It actually used to be called KinActivity, short for Kinetic Activity. We decided to change the name as it was consistently spell checked to ‘inactivity’ when entered into search engines – kind of the opposite message we are going for. 

Tai Chi Earth in the UK delivered years of sessions for adults and in schools – a lot of this work was for a special education school for children with disabilities. 

Tai Chi Earth was created to have a focus on spreading wellbeing and mindfulness practices in the community with the main motivation of making a difference by helping people be active – that is why we made our company motto – ‘Move through the day’.

Chi Forward Logo - Impossible triangle play button

Chi Forward

The move to New Zealand from the UK started up the thoughts of going online with our sessions. Lots of people told us how much they would miss having the lessons. Over the last few years we have been developing a lot of our own simplified sets of tai chi and qigong inspired by traditional sets practiced in China for many many years. Our real focus with our sets, while trying our best to follow tai chi principles, is to make the sessions as enjoyable and holistic as possible. It is great to have fun while learning something new and it is even better to also have a calm relaxing experience while doing so.

The Chi Forward programme will be delivered online using a membership platform that we have built. An important part of tai chi and wellbeing is the social, friendship aspect and we are providing forums/groups for you to chat in and share stories, ideas and to ask questions. Chi Forward is aiming to be fully inclusive and is great for beginners and hopefully even more experienced players can find enjoyment with something a bit different. The programmes can be used by schools/children, people with disability, at home and in the workplace.

Chi Forward has simplified tai chi sets, qigong sets and some specialised programmes such as our Physical and Emotional Development Programme, Calm Energy Focus set and the Wellbeing Nine. Join us in our journey to help you to ‘Move through the day’.

Turquoise Chi Cat doing tai chi salute

Chi

Hello, I am Chi which can also be spelt qi. My name can mean ‘air’ in Chinese. Together with my friends Geo and Aqua we make up the Tai Chi Earth logo – the air or sky – that’s me. My favourite type of tai chi is Sun style. I like breathing really well because it makes me feel good. It makes me calm.

Green Geo Cat doing tai chi salute

Geo

Hi everybody, I’m Geo and my name means ‘Earth’ in Greek. I’m the land in the Tai Chi Earth logo. My favourite type of tai chi is Yang style. I really like strong stances and feeling grounded. It gives me lots of energy.

Blue Aqua Cat doing tai chi salute

Aqua

Hi, my name is Aqua which means ‘water’ in Latin. I am the sea in the Tai Chi Earth logo. My favourite type of tai chi is Chen style. I really like doing flowing and spiralling movements. It gives me focus.

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