Newsletter 36 Jan 2011

January 2011

Welcome to my new website.  We have only just gone live, so there may be a few glitches to start with!  Any problems will be fixed asap.


January Special:
Spend $50 or more on Dr Lam’s products and receive a FREE Tai Chi Music CD, worth $22.50.  One free CD per order, not to be used with any other discount or offer.  Offer expires 31 January 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.
“Keeping Tai Chi Active in New Zealand”
You can find out more about this exciting new organisation at the TCHC section on this site.  For a membership application form and list of benefits please contact me or the Secretary,  Tamara Bennett at
Master Trainer Chris Hattle is planning a TCA2 workshop with Falls Prevention module for mid to late January 2011 in Blenheim. Venue and exact details to be confirmed. If you are interested please e-mail Chris. In addition, arrangements can be made to also complete the TCD update at this workshop.
phone – 06 356 4332
fax – 06 354 4433
e-mail –
By Master Trainer Toi Walker
Learn or revise the Sun 73 Forms.
January 2011 Friday 21st-Saturday 22nd
The Cashmere Club, Colombo Street, Christchurch
10am-5pm both days.
Cost $175 for the 2 days includes morn & afo tea
To register your interest: email or txt 021 1175 627
At the Festival of Tai Chi in November 2010 I gave a very quick demonstration on how one can start the process of learning and understanding ‘contact/touch’ skills in taiji from a ‘chen’ perspective
From my own teaching experience and observations, I have found, particularly in the area of push hands/partnered training, that too much information is often  provided too quickly so that students are unable to assimilate much of what they learn into their own skill base.  Understanding in this area takes time.
Many of those attending the Festival were interested in attending ‘workshops or open training’ sessions in Christchurch in 2011.   If those interested could register with me or the Christchurch Committee, we could then coordinate a possible time/place/venue that would best suit everyone.
Terry Young
32 Sunrise Bvld, Tawa, Wellington 5028
Christchurch contacts:
Mike Penter           
Hazel Thompson   
When is Chinese New Year 2011?
Chinese New Year begins according to the Chinese calendar which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Because the track of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February.
2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which commences on 3rd February.  Rabbits are private individuals, a bit introverted and withdrawn.  People born into this sign would rather work behind the scenes instead of being the centre of attention in any situation.   This does not make the Rabbit a recluse. In fact, he is a reasonably friendly individual who enjoys the company of a group of good friends whether at a business dinner or a holiday party.  Rabbits just like to be a part of the gang as opposed to the leader of it.
So that’s it for this month, enjoy the rest of the holiday period, and stay safe.