Newsletter 39

Number 39

April 2011


April Special:

Buy the “Tai Chi for Arthritis – 12 Lessons with Dr Lam” DVD and receive FREE the “Tai Chi for Arthritis” handbook.  Package price $47 including p&p.  Not to be used with any other discount or offer.  Offer expires 30 April 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.


There is some confusion about the revised version of Tai Chi for Arthritis.  In brief, the original DVD contains detailed instructions by Dr Lam on warm ups, cool downs, the six basic moves and the six advanced moves.  A total of 12 moves. The form is evidence based and highly effective.

The revised Tai Chi for Arthritis 2 DVD set, also known as “12 Lessons with Dr Lam” has detailed instructions by Dr Lam on warm ups, cool downs, the six basic moves (but in a rearranged sequence) and the extension moves on both sides.  A total of 21 moves.  Dr Lam revised the form two years ago to make the sequence easier for tutors to teach and for pupils to learn.

The revised DVD gives more instruction on basic principles than the original, and has been unanimously praised by teachers and pupils alike.  Prior knowledge of the revised sequence is a pre-requisite for Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor workshops.  Teachers who qualified using the original DVD are highly recommended to view the revised version as it contains many insights which can enhance their teaching.


“Keeping Tai Chi Active in New Zealand”

Our first Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 6th August in Wellington.  In the morning there will be an optional Master Trainer led education session on the Stepwise Progressive Teaching Method.

For a membership application form and list of benefits please click on the “Join TCHC” link, or contact me or the Secretary, Tamara Bennett at


Tai Chi for Arthritis 2 workshop.
This is for progression of TCA and can be attended for re-certification in TCA instruction qualification.  Falls Prevention Module is included on Day Two.

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

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

Or: members of TCHC NZ $268 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
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 –


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.


World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day is on Saturday, 30th April.  Various events will be held around the country and the Christchurch Committee will meet at the Mall end of Barrington Park, Barrington Street, Sydenham at 9.45am for a 10am start.  All are welcome at this free event, no tai chi knowledge necessary.

Wellington Sub-Committee:

The New Zealand National Tai Chi Chuan Association invites you to join us to celebrate World Tai Chi and Qi-Gong Day 2011 on Saturday 30 April

Starts at 9.45am – WTCQD officially starts 10.00am

Onslow College, Burma Road, Johnsonville

Entry by Koha


Leslie Kentfield Mb 027-332-2078

Ferne McKenzie Ph 04-3891-433 a/h


The Festival of Tai Chi 2011 will be held at the Cashmere Club, Colombo Street, Christchurch on the 12th November.  This is the day after the Canterbury Anniversary day so this will need to be factored in if you are planning to travel to Christchurch for the event.

In the past the Festival has been held between 9am – 3pm with lunch and morning tea breaking up the continuity of the demonstrations.  Please note that this will now change.  This year’s Festival will start at 9am and will finish at 1pm and there will be continuous demonstrations throughout.  The committee believes this will enhance the event even further.

Please note that people will need to cater for their own dietary requirements.

If you have any questions please contact Hazel Thompson or Mike Penter at

A journey in the Tao…..full of surprises…..

By Dr. Joe Rozencwajg, NMD.

It was at the canonical age of 31 (or so it felt at that time) that I stepped into a martial arts dojo. I was fat, short of breath, knowing that I would become decrepit soon if I did not move around that body of mine. I had been too busy through medical school and the start of my surgical residency to do anything active; and I wanted also something that I could use if need be, not mindlessly lift weights or run in the streets for apparently no good reasons. As I came into the reception area, puffing from the flight of stairs, I saw people suppressing grins and laughter….I knew what was going on: “this guy is not going to survive here…”

Fast forward a few years later…..I am the one giving the warm-up and at times the classes in Karate kata, and to my delight, quite a few teenagers cannot follow my rhythm…sweet revenge….

But despite the beauty and efficiency of Aikido, something was missing; soon I discovered the slower pace and apparent “futility” of Tai Chi and Qigong. We received a tutor who was a refugee from mainland China. As a matter of courtesy, I decided to follow his class and make him feel welcome. Then one day, to my utter surprise, I used some Tai Chi moves during a Karate training combat! Then it also happened in an Aikido class! That made me realise how deep seated those practices were reaching. Upon analysing the moves, I eventually understood that they were the basic schematics for all the other moves, be it in martial arts or in daily life. I invited the tutor to teach my wife and me privately at home when he left the dojo, which he did for over one year.

We then left Belgium and started wandering through a few countries. I taught Aikido in all those countries, leaving Karate behind me as I did not want to be part of a competition system. Tai Chi and Qigong were always part of the warm-up and the cool down in the Aikido classes and I also kept practicing on my own and using DVDs and books….so basically I am almost completely self-taught.

During that period, I switched my professional practice from conventional medicine and surgery to natural medicines, having painfully realised that despite all the technological advances, what I was doing in the conventional world was purely palliative, not offering any real cure, whereas with homeopathy, herbalism, naturopathy, acupuncture, nutrition, ortho-bionomy, visceral manipulation, flower remedies, etc,…. I had better results, cures and no side effects or complications (although of course I had my failures too…).

Since getting into the naturopathic manual medicine aspect of my practice, I started also teaching some Tai Chi and Qigong moves to patients, as well as some simple Yoga poses (I have been studying Yoga for five years now, still not able to stand on my head, too slippery, no hair to stop the rolling…). And as I am writing my thesis in Osteopathy, I have been able to correlate the health advantages of Tai Chi, Qigong and Yoga to the neurophysiology of motion and to the osteopathic theories of visceral manipulation: full circle achieved!!!

And so, here I am, practicing all my natural therapies, having integrated Aikido, Tai Chi, Qigong and Yoga into them and into my life, looking forward to learn “Tai Chi for Health” and maybe teaching it, in a more personal form, to the public, as a measure of health conservation and prevention.

Isn’t life amazing? As a child I always wanted to be a surgeon…so I did it. As a professional, I wanted to fill a gap that is all too obvious in medicine, so I did it. I always say to anyone willing to listen and not attempting to run away when I start talking that the first 50 years of my life were for studying, the next 50 years are for teaching (while still studying) and the last 50 years will be for resting, while still teaching….


Dr. J. Rozencwajg, NMD.

That’s all for this month.  Many thanks again to all those who have offered help and support in the aftermath of the February earthquake.  It is much appreciated.