Helm is the director and lead instructor at the Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego and the former department chair of the massage and bodywork program at Pacific College of Health and Science. He has been studying Chinese martial and healing arts since 1965, specializing in taijiquan, tui na, qigong, and herbal medicine. Helm is a 20th generation Indoor Disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang and holds a 6th Duan Wei from the Chinese Wushu Association. He has also studied with taijiquan masters Chen Xiaoxing, Chen Zhiquang, Ren Guangyi, and Chen Bing. Helm studied traditional Chinese Medicine at the Shanghai College of Medicine and the Beijing Olympic Training Center in China and in the U.S. with Taoist Master Share K. Lew and Dr. Yu Da Fang.