2638 Š Ai Chi Evolutions

Intermediate / Pool Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Š 1:30-5:00 pm Š 3.0 credit hours

(Pool: 1:30-3:00 pm / Classroom: 3:30-5:00 pm)


Faculty: Jun Konno, ATRIC / Barb Batson, Aquatic Specialist / Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN, ATRIC / Cesar Petronio, PT / Luis Vargas, PhD, PT, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Travel is an excellent teacher and your Ai Chi knowledge will evolve exponentially as we journey to the cool waters of The Netherlands with Katrien, to hot, hot, hot Argentina with Cesar, and time travel with Luis to visit the indigenous peoples of America with the integration of Native American ritual dances and selected movements to the traditional Ai Chi aquatics. Share the sorrows and awakening of JapanÕs recent natural disaster with Jun. Blend these experiences with your own heritage melting pot recipe to make a unique Ai Chi casserole, possible only for you! See how history, culture and natural calamity can add new dimension to Ai Chi experience, creating options for making joy and healing for everyone willing to surrender to the waterÕs breath and flow.



1)  Acquire skill in the performance of rhythmic and sequential movements utilized in this Ai Chi variation.

2)  Determine the objective of each movement and its effects on balance and musculoskeletal structures.

3)  Examine the rationale for the adaptation of movement variations and their meaning in Native American culture and folklore.

4)  Identify objectives for the use of this Ai Chi variation and the potential benefits.


FACULTY: Jun Konno, ATRIC, is a highly successful entrepreneur in the aquatic industry, a decorated swimming coach, author and international speaker on aquatics. He is an advisor to AEA and one of AEA's International Training Specialists. Jun is the founder and president of the Aqua Dynamics Institute, a consulting firm for fitness clubs and swimming schools in Japan.


Barb Batson, AS, AEA Aquatic Fitness Instructor certified since 1995 provides personal training and group classes for both general and special populations. Barb served as program trainer for both NMSS and the Arthritis Foundation, as AEA CEC provider, two-term past AEA Advisory Board Council member, and on the MayorÕs Healthy Nashville 2010 Program and the Community Health and Wellness Team. She currently provides services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is Fitness Host Coordinator for Fun & Fitness Travel Club and ATRI On-Site Continuing Education Liaison.  


Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN, ATRIC, has 20-plus years of experience in aquatics and has been a presenter worldwide since 2005. She studied physical education and holds a degree in Special Movement Education with an emphasis in Motoric Remedial Teaching and a focus on pediatrics. She has developed three e-learning programs on aquatic fitness (AquaMagicMoves) and is CEO of two educational institutes for aquatics: Kataqua for aquatic fitness and ProOZo for swimming. She is the organizer of the annual European Aquatic Fitness Conference (EAFC). 


Cesar Petronio, PT, has worked in hydrotherapy for more than 20 years with different kinds of patients Š neurological, cardiovascular, geriatrics and orthopedic. He has been a teacher of kinesiology, cardiovascular rehabilitation, and post-graduate courses for hydrotherapy specialists. He has also been an instructor of Ai Chi in Argentina.


Luis Vargas, PhD, PT, ATRIC, has lectured in Spain, Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, in his own homeland, Puerto Rico, and throughout the US. He received the 2000 ATRI Dolphin Award, 2004 ATRI Aquatic Therapy Professional Award, 2008 APTA Ruoti Award for Scholastic Excellence in recognition of his contribution to the field of scientific research in aquatic rehabilitation, and 2010 APTA Leadership Award for his service as Vice President of the Aquatic Physiotherapy Section of the APTA. He has published two books and is the creator of several aquatic therapy interventions and protocols. He has been a professor and academic administrator at all levels in both the US and Puerto Rico, and has conducted several research studies to establish the evidence-based musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary effects of aquatic therapy interventions.