Newsletter 49, February 2012

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Number 49

February 2012






February Special:


The February special offer is FREE POSTAGE when you spend over $50 on products.  Offer expires 29th February 2012. Although I am currently away you can still order from me during February by e-mail, my assistant will process orders.  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.


Dr Paul Lam


Venue:   Queen Elizabeth College, Rangitikei Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand

 Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis Workshop 2-3 August 2012

In this most stimulating and useful workshop, Dr Lam will be sharing with you the deeper meanings of the Tai Chi principles and how to incorporate them into your forms. He will then explore how the Qi (vital life force) works and how it relates to the Tai Chi principles.  All theories and practice will guide you on how to store, regenerate and deliver energy not only with Tai Chi for Arthritis, but also with all Tai Chi forms. This workshop will facilitate you to reach a higher level and find more enjoyment from your practice.

About Opportunities to Update your Instructor Certificates

This TCA in Depth workshop would be, with prior notice, an update for the Tai Chi for Arthritis.  If you require updates in any of the other Tai Chi for Health programs, a nominal fee applies and you are required to complete an assignment.

Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training Workshop 4-5 August 2012

What Is Tai Chi for Energy?

This new energising program consists of two different tai chi styles.  Chen style tai chi is vigorous and sophisticated, containing fast and slow movements along with powerful spiral force.

Sun style includes a unique qigong (life energy) along with agile steps.  These two seemingly contrasting styles of tai chi have complimentary internal energy.  Using his deep understanding of tai chi principles and with over 30 years of experience, Dr Lam carefully composed the Tai Chi for Energy set by combining both styles to bring you greater synergy.

With regular practice and in a relatively short period of time, you will achieve better health and wellness, more internal energy and an improved ability to manage stress. The program contains warm up and cool down exercises and 16 movements.


Course workbooks are provided within course fees

DVDs for each course can be purchased from Hazel Thompson, email

Registered participants are entitled to a discount of 30% on the course DVDs once their fees have been paid in full.

For a list showing all the various fees please see the pdf version of this newsletter (link at the top of the screen).

Dr Lam is personally offering a 10% discount on course fees to all TCHC NZ members.

Registration forms are available from Chris Hattle


Postal             28 Wikiriwhi Crescent, Palmerston North 4412

TCHC NZ is offering scholarships for Full members. For more information please see the heading “Scholarships” in this newsletter

NB: Registration forms are also available at the Workshops section of this site.  If you have difficulty accessing the fees or registration form, please contact Chris and she will be happy to send you the relevant paperwork.

Tai Chi for Health Practice Sessions coming up…

Information on Seated TCA Instructor Training below





Listed below in order of date schedule are:

Two Practice Sessions

Three Instructor Training Workshops

General Information

Venue: all workshops and practice sessions listed below are at…

Guide Hall, 2 Panako Place (off College Street), Awapuni, Palmerston North

Please register in advance to ensure you are informed if a change of venue is required

All Practice Sessions: bring your own refreshments

All Workshops: Workshops below are all for Instructor training qualification

To qualify as an instructor a current First Aid certification is required

Resource book, morning and afternoon light refreshments provided.

Participants provide own lunch and purchase DVDs from Hazel Thompson

On paid registration to TCHI courses Hazel offers DVD discounts.

Course preparation: knowing the tai chi movements of the DVD relevant to the course

1. Practice Session

February 25th Saturday 10am-1pm

Tai Chi for Health Programs will be practiced


TCO may be practiced if the majority of participants are familiar with TCO and request practice

Cost $40 discounted to $35 for current TCHCNZ members

2. Workshop

TCA Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor Training

March 10th -11th


Cost $290

($268 for current members TCHC NZ Inc)

3. Workshop

Seated TCA Instructor Training


April 28th 29th


Cost $290 ($268 for current members TCHC NZ Inc)


Further discounts available!!!

Have you studied at Instructor workshops I have led? If so, you qualify to attend this first NZ Seated TCA at the one-off special price of $240

4. Workshop

TCA2 and Update Instructor Training with Fall Prevention module certification

May 26th- 27th


Cost $290($268 for current members TCHC NZ Inc)

5. Practice Session: to prepare for Dr Lam Double Workshop in August

June 30th Saturday


Practice session TCA (41 forms) TCE

Cost $40 discounted to $35 for TCHC NZ members

To register contact

Chris Hattle


Postal  28 Wikiriwhi Cr., Palmerston North, 4412

phone 06 3564332

In your message include, name, phone, e-mail, course you are registering for.

LEADER: TAMARA BENNETT, Senior Trainer, Tai Chi for Health Institute

Saturday 25 February 2012


Venue: Leicester Hall, corner Findlay & Ramsgate Streets, Ellerslie

Same Introductory special price of $35 (reduced from $40) for the 3 hour practice session. Or the special TCHCNZ member price of $30, if you are a current financial member of TCHC NZ.

If you are not a member yet, please visit , you will find information and an application form on the TCHC NZ section of this Tai Chi Productions NZ website.

For payment information and curriculum please contact Tamara Bennett



Dr Lam NZ 2012 Workshops

TCHCNZ Tuition Scholarships to Give Away

(Application deadline 1 April 2012)

TCHCNZ is offering full members the opportunity to apply for 1 of 2 tuition scholarships to Dr Lam’s August NZ 2012 workshops; The Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training. The scholarship will cover tuition fees, morning and afternoon tea.  Travel, accommodation, lunches and educational resources will be the responsibility of the successful candidate(s). The deadline for applications is 1 April 2012. Please contact the secretary for more information and an application. (TCHCNZ Secretary – Tamara

(*Each full member may only apply for one tuition scholarship workshop and you must indicate on your application, your preference of the above two available NZ 2012 Dr Lam workshops.)



Date – Friday 3rd August

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Venue: Palmerston North workshop venue

Dinner: Nibbles provided by TCHCNZ

*All Full Members are eligible to Vote

** Please RSVP if you plan to attend – Tamara:

Sydney Workshop 2012

A Special Report by 2012 TCHC (NZ) Scholarship Winner Aileen Moxon, of Pukekohe

I am very grateful to TCHC (NZ) for their support in awarding me a scholarship covering course costs in Sydney. Without that assistance I would have been unable to attend.

From walking through the gates of St Vincent’s College on Sunday afternoon, where incidentally I met Lucia, a fellow scholarship winner from New South Wales. Everyone was very friendly, helpful and welcoming. I had decided to stay locally rather than at the College, due to my dreadful snoring habits – and found the Macleay Hotel, just a few hundred metres away to be very convenient.

Six days of Tai Chi, which had appeared somewhat daunting at first, passed in a nano-second!

Each morning we gathered together in the hall – the air was charged with anticipation, and I don’t believe we were ever disappointed. There were two short addresses given by different speakers on aspects of Tai Chi, followed by a demonstration of one of the forms, then off to our various courses.

An hour of teaching followed, becoming a little noisier, as the time passed and we relaxed with each other and our instructor. A short refreshment break and we returned, this time to practice what we had just learned in our class. We were able to select the move(s) that we wished to work on either individually, or with others, and the instructor moved around, commenting (always positively), advising modification where appropriate, or perhaps showing the move again. Always positivity was King!

Lunch each day had two options, if you had not made your own – one hot, one cold, tickets having been purchased at morning tea. Following lunch, there was the opportunity if you wished to return to the hall and watch a form being practiced by students in the hall. Sometimes others, who were familiar with that particular form would join them. It was a great opportunity to “try before you buy”, a very valuable tool to assist selection of a form to learn in future.

After lunch, more instruction, and practice following the afternoon tea or, smoko, as one student said. Incidentally this term seemed unfamiliar with most of the class! Questions were welcomed at any time, and answered promptly. Much emphasis was placed on learning safely and within personal limitations.

Most evenings were free to do as you wished, except for Tuesday when there were some two-hour sessions held. Nothing compulsory though. I attended the “Push hands class” which was fascinating, but after two full days I did find it hard to concentrate fully.

The week was, as you might expect tiring, but like Tai Chi itself, both relaxing and energising! There were plenty of opportunities to purchase any of the Tai Chi Productions material at discounted prices, and for those us from overseas, (except Tasmania) this meant GST-free prices!

Friday night was the social dinner, a pleasant, relaxed 2-course meal followed by an auction of photo canvases, featuring Dr Lam performing Tai Chi in various locations around the world. The proceeds were to go to the Suzanne McLauchlan Scholarship fund. After the auction concluded, various items of entertainment were performed by some of the workshop participants. Fortunately it was not a late night.

The format of the final day was slightly different – in our class we went over the complete form (24 in depths), and focused on important aspects of Tai Chi, such as using imagery to visualise and sense moves. Class photos were taken. Our instructor was Julie King, an „angelic. lady as one student described her. Julie had a great sense of humour, but a very calm manner when teaching us – she was clearly passionate about Tai Chi – I would recommend attending any of her workshops if you have the opportunity. She was assisted by the bubbly Marta, whom many of you will know.

The last afternoon saw each group demonstrate the form they had been studying during the week. The in-depth students joining together with students of the relevant form. Each student was then presented with a certificate from the instructors and Dr Lam, and photos taken, again.

It was an extraordinary week filled with many emotions: –

We were: Eager to learn

Filled with expectation of what was to come

We experienced: Enthusiasm

Love and warmth

We enjoyed: Fellowship, Serenity, Awareness, Opening up of mind and body

I felt like a sheet of blotting paper trying to absorb all that was being shared, both in class and at breaks. At the end of the week, I confess that, enthusiastic as I was, it would have been hard to absorb more, but I continue to look forward to the next workshop …

What did I learn while there?

Hopefully better ways to share my knowledge of Tai Chi, and above all, I know I want to learn more!

It was great to meet so many, from so many different backgrounds and countries, who had a common goal. Chris, Ferne and David – thank you for helping me find my feet!

Thank you to TCHC(NZ)!

That’s it for this month; next newsletter will be early March.