Newsletter #116 - April 2011
- How an Idea of doing a Mass Tai Chi Demo Resulted in a High Point Event in Singapore, Jennifer Chung
- Strategies to Improve our Teaching Skills, Robin Malby
- Harmonizing with your Teacher, Caroline Demoise
- Welcoming Jing into your Life, Leanne Simpson
- Tai Chi for Osteoporosis, Rick Tame
- Featured Profile – Jef Morris, Tony Garcia
- Humour, Laughter and Radiant Health, Bob McBrien
We are only three months into the year and already saddened by nature’s deliverance of one disaster after another. First we had floods in Queensland, then the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and now the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. Let us send our positive energy and practical help in any way we can to those in distress.
In the last two newsletters, we included videos with some of the articles. Likewise this month, we would like to share a video of Jennifer Chung, Master Trainer from Singapore, telling us how an idea of getting a few people together to practice tai chi with me turned out to be a gathering of 2000. You will see videos and photos of her presentation. It goes to show a follow through of one person’s idea can be inspirational. We can all make things happen if we try and work hard like Jennifer and her colleagues. Next month, I will show Marty Kidder’s presentation on how to improve ones tai chi. If you know Marty, his presentation is bound to have an element of “Kidder” wit and humour.
Jennifer Chung tells how an idea of getting a few people together to practice tai chi with Dr Lam turns out to be a mass gathering of 2000.
Robin Malby gives examples of teaching strategies which she has found helpful to use as an instructor in order to meet the growing needs of class participants.
Continuing the topic of creating a harmonious class, Caroline suggests in her article this month that students, as well as teachers, play a role in making a tai chi class a good environment to learn in.
Leanne Simpson introduces her book “Time Out Tai Chi” and how she was inspired to write this book from teaching tai chi to kids.
Rick Tame outlines the benefits of modified tai chi programmes for people with low bone density and osteoporosis.
- Tai Chi for Arthritis - 12 Lessons with Dr Lam - DVD
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May 14 - May 15, Sydney, NSW, Australia
May 14 - May 15, Sydney, NSW, Australia
May 29- May 30, Singapore
June 4 - June 5, Singapore
June 13 - June 18, Terre Haute, IN, United States
Many other workshops conducted by my authorised master trainers are listed in Workshop Calendar.
Jennifer Chung, Master Trainer, Singapore
Every teacher has something unique to share with you. They bring a perspective on tai chi and a flavour or style that is subtly different from every other teacher. If you are like me, you wouldn’t want to miss any of your favourite flavours like chocolate, mocha or French vanilla at the ice cream store. Likewise in tai chi, I wouldn’t have wanted to leave this world without experiencing Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu Hao or Sun style during my lifetime of studying tai chi. Each form has a unique flavour and feel, and all are delicious. They also share the same underlying principles, although the external movements express differently. Having a variety of teachers with different personalities, unique teaching styles, and various subsets of tai chi information to share with you adds spice to your tai chi life and learning experience.
I am asked continually “What age group is the book designed for?” I have trialled it with toddler, pre-school and year 6 groups and found them all receptive and have also watched with amusement as a group of teenagers read the book together and played out the moves. A number of retirement village residents and older adult groups have shown interest in the book as a way of learning about the basic moves and sharing them with grandchildren.
When Jef analyses and helps you cope, he leaves an imprint you will never forget. I have witnessed one person can make a difference and enlighten others along their walk in life.
It is no surprise that Victor Borge is credited with the quote, "Laughter is the shortest distance between two persons." His healthy style of humour offended no one. If there were any complaints by his audience it was because he never completed playing the piece he selected for his joke. Remember he was a world class concert pianist before he found his true art. Victor Borge's DVDs of his concerts provide an evening of laughter and fun for all.
This month's sample of positive humour is found in the innocence of children and their interactions with their grandparents. The following stories help us enjoy non-toxic humour and the laughter it generates.
• Teddy age five asked his grandma how old she was.
Grandma smiled and answered, "Why I am 39 and holding."
Teddy thought for a moment, and then said, "Grandma how old would you be if you let go?
• A little boy attending church with his grandfather watched as the ushers passed around the offering plates. When the offering plate came near his grandfather, the boy said loudly, "Don't pay for me Grandpa I'm not five yet."
• When my four-year-old son opened the birthday gift from his grandmother, he discovered a water pistol... He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink.
I was not so pleased. Turning to my mom and I said, "I'm surprised at you. Don't you remember how we drove you crazy with water pistols?"
My mother smiled and replied.... "Of course I remember!"
• "Oh, I sure am happy to see you," the little boy said to his maternal grandmother as she entered the room, “Now daddy will do that trick he promised us."
Grandmother replied, "What trick is that? I want to see it too!"
The boy answered “I heard him tell mommy that if you came to visit, he would climb the walls!”
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