Newsletter 52 May 2012

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Number 52

May 2012


May Special:

Buy a copy of the revised “Teaching Tai Chi Effectively” book and receive a FREE Tai Chi for Arthritis Handbook!  Package price $31.50 including postage. Not to be used with any other discount.  Offer expires 31 May.  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.

Mother’s Day Special

Treat your mum to a tai chi book for Mother’s Day.  $5 off all titles, prices below are reduced and include p&p

Tai Chi for Beginners and 24 Forms                    $35.00

Tai Chi for Beginners Handbook                           $15.00

Tai Chi for Arthritis Handbook                              $15.00

Tai Chi for Diabetes Handbook                             $15.00

Overcoming Arthritis Book                                     $35.00

Living Well with Diabetes                                        $35.00

Dr Paul Lam



Early Bird prices for Dr Lam’s workshops close on 30th May!  Don’t miss the deadline!

Tai Chi for Arthritis in Depth Workshop

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.


When you register for Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis 2-3rd August 2012, you can apply to update your TCA Instructor certificate.

You can apply to update other Tai Chi for Health programme Instructor certificates at $30 each during April. Fall Prevention recertification is FREE when you attend the Exploring the Depth course, and satisfactorily complete the required assignment.

Assignments for Instructor updates will be sent out to those who have paid for their update certificates. These people will have an additional bonus of having more time to work on their assignments.  To enable review of your assignments, please submit them by 15th July 2012. (Earlier if possible)


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.

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


Congratulations to our two scholarship winners:

Marjory Grenfell (Christchurch) Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis

Julie Powell (Waiuku)  Tai Chi for Energy



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



When                    June 30th 2012              Saturday 10am-1pm

Content                 To prepare for Dr Lam’s August double workshops, Palm.North, NZ

Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) & Tai Chi for Arthritis 2 (TCA2) (41 forms)

Tai Chi for Energy

Refreshments: bring your own picnic

Venue:           Guide Hall,     2 Panako Place (off College Street),

Awapuni,        Palmerston North

Cost: $40 OR  $35 for TCHC NZ members (Tai Chi for Health Community NZ Inc)


About the Two WORKSHOPS Listed Below

Both Instructors and tai chi students may attend.  These Workshops are Instructor training courses.  To qualify as an instructor a current First Aid certification is required

Resource book (as relevant to the course), morning and afternoon light refreshments are provided.
Participants provide own lunch (a lunch-bar is nearby)

Participants purchase DVDs relevant to the course 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

Workshop: Tai Chi for Arthritis 2 & Update Instructor Training with Fall Prevention module certification

(TCA2, Update & FP)

When May 26th– 27th 9am-5pm

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


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.

Tai Chi for Health Practice Sessions…with Senior Trainer Tamara Bennett

Contact Tamara by email:

?         Sunday 27 May 2012  1-4pm (Sun Style 73 practice session, forms 1-33)

Venue: Franklin: The Centre, 12 Massey Ave, Pukekohe (next to Town Hall, parking in the back)

?         Saturday 23 June 2012  1-4pm (General practice session of TCA, TCE, TCD or TCK)

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

?         Sunday 22 July 2012  1-4pm (Sun Style 73 practice session, forms 34-57)

Venue: Franklin: The Centre, 12 Massey Ave, Pukekohe (next to Town Hall, parking in the back)

?         Saturday TBA ? August 2012  1-4pm (General practice session of TCA, TCE, TCD or TCK)

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

?         Sunday 23 September 2012  1-4pm (Sun Style 73 practice session, forms 58-73)

Venue: Franklin: The Centre, 12 Massey Ave, Pukekohe (next to Town Hall, parking in the back)

Investment $35 for the 3 hour practice session.

TCHCNZ member price of $30 (if you are a current financial member of TCHCNZ)

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.

?         – Payment by internet: Tamara Bennett – Westpac #03 0406 0739577 00 (please use your name as reference) or

?        –  Payment by Post: Tamara Bennett, 996 Waiuku Road, RD1 Pukeoware, Waiuku 2681

?         *Please email me to confirm you have made a payment

?         The Tai Chi for Health practice sessions will run for 3 hours with a tea/biscuit break (provided).

?         There will be time to ask questions regarding the form, tai chi principles and teaching methods.

Tai Chi for Health Community NZ (TCHC NZ), was developed in 2010, in hopes to unite and offer NZ TCHI instructors support and to further the spread of Tai Chi for Health programmes within the NZ communities. Our aim is to encourage all NZ TCHI instructors to join as members. Members are eligible for discounts to workshops and merchandise, invitation to the AGM/Workshops, plus the opportunity to apply for scholarships to the Sydney One-Week, Dr Lam’s NZ workshops and our AGM Workshops. Visit our website for more details:

I look forward to meeting you soon.


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:


More and more tai chi teachers are realising the value of adding Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis to their repertoire.  Here Jef Morris shares some helpful hints on teaching this programme

Some Essential Principles for Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis
Jef Morris, Master Trainer, Miami, FL, USA

Seated Tai Chi practice allows us to focus on some of the Essential Tai Chi principles, which are not always as apparent when we practice the standing and walking forms.

When practicing seated Tai Chi we can focus on the Essential Principles of being rooted with the feet, powered by the legs and controlling our movements with our waist, while we are moving in the same or opposite directions. This will improve the well being of those who have limited ability to stand, or can not stand at all. At the same time it will help the instructor’s ability to teach these principles in the standing or sitting forms.

Let me give you two examples on how to apply these Essential Principles while practicing seated Tai Chi for Arthritis:

When seated make sure the participants are sitting upright, or if needed, resting so their back is supported in an upright posture by the chair.  The key observation is the participants feet are directly under their knees, to allow subtle compression, as they push their feet against the floor while moving.

Commencement of Tai Chi for Arthritis

To initiate the commencement of Tai Chi for Arthritis, press the feet against the floor as the wrist is pulled upward to the level of your heart. Relax the pressure of your feet against the floor, as you drop your elbows downward in front of you.

Press your feet against the floor, as you pull your elbows back with equal and opposite force. Maintain the downward pressure of your feet as you pull your wrist up again. Keeping the downward force in your feet, push your elbows forward and at the same time pull your chin slightly backward to maintain your upright posture. Then release the pressure of your feet against the floor, as you relax your elbows, and palms, into a prayer position.

Wave Hands in the Clouds

To initiate the turn while seated, press the right foot against the floor and at the same time pull the left knee slightly back, you will find your waist turning. You will find the participants may need to do this several times turning left, and then right, before adding the hand movements. When adding the hands to this movement, initiate the changing of the hands by pressing the feet down to push the lower hand up.

The application of being rooted in the feet, powered by the legs and controlled by the waist becomes clearer while practicing Waving Hands seated. Applying this will increase awareness in your standing practice.  While seated, just turning the shoulders without turning the waist is not a safe way to move for those at risk.

The application of these Tai Chi Essential Principles while seated, will improve overall circulation, increase flexibility, and develop internal strength. This is of great benefit for our participants and for our own Tai Chi.


Arthritis New Zealand is having a Public Open Day on 16 May 2012 at the Waipuna Hotel, Auckland

Arthritis New Zealand is pleased to invite you to join our staff, clients, members and health professionals in our inaugural Public Open Day.  TCHI Senior Trainer Tamara Bennett will be speaking, and leading a tai chi participation session.

Cost:   Members $20

Non-members $50

Health professionals $250

To find out more about this exciting event, or to register offline, please contact Karen toll free on 0800 663 463.

Registration forms are also available to download on our website

That’s it for this month!

Take care,