Newsletter 38

Number 38

March 2011

Hello everyone

On behalf of my fellow Cantabrians, many heartfelt thanks for the messages of support and offers of accommodation and aid which have poured in since last Tuesday’s devastating earthquake.  Looking at our ruined city, and bearing in mind the terrible losses which many families have suffered, it is hard to believe life will ever get back to normal.  However if good will alone was enough our city would be fully restored by now, we can’t thank you enough for your love and care.

After the September quake I included an emergency checklist in the newsletter, and if you have not prepared your own kit I urge you to please do so without delay.  Even after our terrible experience last year, many families here were still not prepared, and ended up without water for their children.  A 20 litre plastic container costs less than a movie ticket, drink and popcorn, please go and buy a couple!

All the information you need on preparing for a disaster can be found at this site:

Under the Articles link you will find a piece written by Chris Hattle and me on the subject of dealing with stressed students or family.  This piece contains a link to the excellent Ministry of Health site which has many articles covering stress and disaster situations.  Dr Lam has also included this article on his website.


March Special:

Buy the Yang 24 Forms DVD and receive 50% off the Yang 40 DVD.  Package price $64 including p&p, one set per customer. Not to be used with any other discount or offer.  Offer expires 31 March 2011. As Dr Lam’s New Zealand Agent, I do have his entire range in stock, which you can view at the Products link on this site.

Please note that delivery times may be slightly slower than usual, as the Christchurch postal service has been badly disrupted by the earthquake.


“Keeping Tai Chi Active in New Zealand”

Our Community is growing!  We have several new membership applications being processed.  For a membership application form and list of benefits please click on the “Join TCHC” link, or contact me or the Secretary, Tamara Bennett

Our first Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 6th August in Wellington.  Master Trainers Chris Hattle and Toi Walker will also be conducting a tai chi workshop on this day assisted by Senior Trainers Tamara Bennett and Hazel Thompson.  (More details on fee and content next month.)  There are also several exhibitions at Te Papa, so why not make a weekend of it?


TRAIN as an Instructor in Tai Chi for Arthritis

DATE 2nd – 3rd of April 2011
PLACE Guide Hall, Panako Place, Awapuni, Palmerston North

INVESTMENT $290 pp incl GST (Course workbook and morning/afternoon teas included)

Or: members of TCHC NZ $268.oo incl GST (discounted price for this workshop to celebrate the launch of TCHC NZ)

~ The course is designed to train qualified people to teach the program, including exercise instructors, physiotherapists (physical therapists), healthcare professionals, Tai Chi instructors, advanced Tai Chi students, and other professionals with similar qualifications.
~ Participants attending with the goal to become authorized instructor/leader of this program are required to learn the TCA movements using the instructional DVD “Tai Chi for Arthritis. 12 lessons with Dr Paul Lam” prior to attending the workshop. This DVD can be obtained from Hazel Thompson The cost of resources is discounted when registration is confirmed by payment. Hazel will also discuss a recommended text “Teaching Tai Chi Effectively”
This class has limited places.
~ Priority is given to instructor applicants. Non-instructor participants may also attend
~ Instructor certification is valid for 2 years.

~ A current first aid certificate is a prerequisite

RSVP Chris Hattle
Move Ability Ltd
t/a CHRIS HATTLE Physiotherapy Dip Phty, NZRP, MPNZ. Master Trainer, Tai Chi for Health Programs
phone- 06 356 4332
fax – 06 354 4433
e-mail –

Tai Chi for Arthritis 2 workshop.
This is for progression of TCA and can be attended for re-certification in TCA instruction qualification

DATE 16th – 17th of April 2011
PLACE Guide Hall, Panako Place, Awapuni, Palmerston North

INVESTMENT $290.00 incl GST (Course workbook and morning/afternoon teas included)

Or: members of TCHC NZ $268.oo incl GST (discounted price for this workshop to celebrate the launch of TCHC NZ)
~ Limited places. Priority to people applying for instructor certification.
~ Certification as an instructor is valid for 2 years.
~ Current first aid certification is required

RSVP Chris Hattle
as above


Tamara Bennett (Waiuku) and Hazel Thompson (Christchurch) are authorised to conduct group practice sessions for those who want to brush up on their form.  At the moment a new curriculum is being devised, and further details will be available soon.


Sadly there was insufficient registration in this workshop due to prior commitments, so Sifu Cheung will be visiting New Zealand in 2012 instead.  For those interested in learning the Shibashi 1 and 2, I do have Sifu’s DVDs available, Parts One and Two are both $37 including p&p.


The Christchurch earthquake has put these workshops on the back burner for the time being.  Anyone interested in having Terry conduct workshops in their region may contact him directly.

Terry Young

32 Sunrise Bvld, Tawa, Wellington 5028

That’s it for now.  If anyone asked me to include something which I have missed out, apologies!  I have a pretty good excuse though ….

Stay safe,