Newsletter 58 November

For a printer-friendly version of this newsletter, click here

Number 58

November 2012



Buy the Tai Chi for Diabetes DVD and receive the Tai Chi for Diabetes Handbook free!  Package price $43 including p&p.  Not to be used with any other discount.  Offer expires 30 November.  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.

Do you know that you can now buy “Teaching Tai Chi Effectively” and “Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms” as e-books?  Visit for more information.



Currently I am working in the USA, on Dr Lam’s workshop tour.  It is great to see the enthusiasm and dedication of Dr Lam’s Master Trainers, Senior Trainers and participants everywhere we go. 

At a Tai Chi for Energy workshop in Sarasota, Florida I was delighted to meet Christine Killeen, who is on the Board of the USA TCHC.  Christine is a Senior Trainer with a wide background in healing therapies, including a BA in English and Psychology, a Massage Therapist’s Licence and certification as a Neuromuscular Therapist.  Christine has many other qualifications but has discovered that the Tai Chi for Health programs truly enable participants to help improve their health and wellbeing through regular practice. 

Christine has attended and assisted at many of Dr Lam’s workshops.  You can read more about her at this link

Information on TCHC can be found at

Christine is dedicated to the Tai Chi for Health mission, and was keen to compare notes on how TCHC NZ operates.  We will definitely be hearing more from our US counterparts!




PRACTICE  SESSION “Sun Style 73 Forms”Session One of a “Sun 73 Forms” series
When                    Saturday  November 10th    2012                 10am-1pm   3 hours
Where                                    Palmerston North                                     Guide Hall,  2 Panako Place (off College Street), Awapuni,       
What / content       Sun Style 73 forms      Sections One and Two

      This is Forms  1 – 33

      An brief overview of forms 34 – 41 to be included

Refreshments:        bring your own picnic 
Costs:          (gst incl)             $40 OR  $35 for TCHC NZ members (Tai Chi for Health Community NZ Inc)
Payment                   in advance will ensure your registration                                    Pay by cheque: post to address below                    or             Bank: Chris Hattle Physio  010745 – 0238443 – 00

              1.    Enter your name & date of practice session as the banking reference

              2.    Advise Chris Hattle by e-mail that you have made the payment

To register contact …             Chris Hattle            E-mail              

            postal              28 Wikiriwhi Cr., Palmerston North, 4412

            phone                        06  3564332  

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




January TCO Instructor training in Pukekohe, Auckland, has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Rescheduled date: to be advised.

2013: TCO Instructor Courses are to be held in both North and South Islands of NZ.

Thank you to those who have registered interest with Chris Hattle MT.

Your interest indicates where courses will be held.

Please register interest with Chris if you have not done so already.,  06) 3564332,  28 Wikiriwhi Cr, Palmerston North, 4410

For Sale:

2012 World Tai Chi & Qigong Day purple T-shirts available @$35 each plus P&P (various sizes first come, first served)

For more information Contact Tamara: 

Dr Lam NZ 2014 – Triple Workshop!

17th-18th July 2014 – Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis (Instructors have an opportunity to update their TCH certifications) 

19th-20th July 2014 – (2 Concurrent Workshops) Tai for Energy Instructor Training and Tai Chi for Diabetes Instructor Training

Venue: Pukekohe Town Hall (cnr Massey Ave & Edinburgh St, Pukekohe) (35 minutes south of Auckland Airport, the venue is located in the centre of town, easy walk to several accommodation choices, Café on site and heaps of Cafés and restaurants very close by, plus a brand new movie theatre)

Contact: Tamara Bennett – 09-235-8648 or


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

Contact: Tamara

Saturday 17th November 2012  1-4pm (General practice session of TCA, TCE, TCD, TCK or TCO)

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

2013 Practice Sessions will begin in February, dates to be confirmed … 

Investment $35 for the 3 hour practice session. TCHC NZ 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.

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

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

Payment by Cash: on the day  *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. 



By Ferne McKenzie

Recently, Tai chi Associates instructors in Wellington put on two mini workshops, as we wanted to share our experiences at Dr Lam’s workshops held in Palmerston North.

 The first workshop looked at Tai Chi for Energy and it was led by Janet Chew and the second workshop was about some of the principles of Tai Chi for Arthritis led by David Mackenzie. The format of both workshops  was a demonstration from instructors, teaching in a big group and then splitting into smaller groups for more in depth learning and then back to the big group to do the form a couple of times.  

 Leaders of the four smaller groups were Marie Turner helped by Michael Cheng, Jane Rees helped by Pam Burns, David Mackenzie and Andrew Hardwick.  We had about 25 students staying for both workshops and the organisers had plenty of good feedback from all who attended with pleas for more workshops next year.



Who can benefit from Tai Chi for Health Programs?

By Hazel Thompson

There is a common misconception that the Tai Chi for Health programs are aimed at the elderly and infirm.  This is perhaps partly due to the fact that ACC adopted Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program and provided it to over 65s for a ten year period.  This was of course a very insightful and wise move on the part of ACC, and many of our seniors have been revitalised by the classes.  However both inside and outside New Zealand all the Health forms are practiced by a very wide variety of ages and abilities.

The Health forms are our mainstay worldwide, and a great way to introduce people to the wider field of tai chi.  Many young adults have Diabetes, Arthritis and Osteoporosis too.   Currently I am working in the USA and I was shocked to hear that up to 15% of young children suffer from Juvenile Arthritis.  In disadvantaged areas such as Newark the rate is 1 in 6.  In the same area 1 in 8 schoolchildren have Diabetes. 

Dr Lam’s USA TCA workshops are attended by a vast age and ability range.  The youngest TCA participant was 14, and the oldest Tai Chi for Energy participant was 91!  We have also had participants with MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Fibromyalgia and various cancers.  The TCA and TCE workshops were also attended by large groups of healthy young male and female martial artists who were seeking to deepen their knowledge and apply safe teaching techniques to traditional martial arts.

Dr Lam’s full range of DVDs includes many demanding and difficult forms, particularly the Chen and sword styles. TCA and the other Health sets are a great introduction to the wider field.  Many of our NZ instructors also teach Yang and Chen styles.  They are able to apply the safety and health standards from the basic programs, and find the Stepwise Progressive Teaching Method works very well with all styles.

In New Zealand rates of arthritis and diabetes are increasing amongst children and young adults, so there is a real need for TCH instructors to open their classes to all ages and abilities. 


That’s all for November, stay safe,