Newsletter #133 - September 2012
I am starting my tour in the USA for several Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training Workshops. I hope you can join me. If you haven’t already enrolled, please hurry as some workshops have already been fully subscribed.
My thanks go to Linda Arksey who generously donated three replicas of the Olympic torch for the winners of the Tai Chi for Health competition who have carried the torch for Tai Chi for Health. In this newsletter, Ernie Hall, one of the winners, compares an athletes dedication to tai chi instructors dedication to their students. Ernie also shares her story on Tai Chi for Kidz. You can read all the wonderful entries and Linda’s original talk about the Olympic torch during her presentation at the One Week Workshop in Memphis, TN, USA last June.
In the July Newsletter, Sherry Jones talked about how Sheila trained a blind instructor, Nathan Jesse. This month Chris Hattle shares her story of training a blind tai chi student, this certainly proves that Tai Chi for Health is accessible to anyone.
Sheila Rae talks about what happens in a Tai Chi Workshop, summing up the last 10 years of the annual USA Workshops.
With 2013 being the 15th year of the Sydney One Week Workshop, there will be special features such as the inaugural Talent Night. Ian Etcell, senior instructor at my school, Better Health Tai Chi Chuan, was the first to demonstrate at the January 2012 Workshop, please see his demonstration of the Combined 42 Forms. Take note of the depth and energy of his performance.
If you haven’t registered, please do so as soon as possible to secure your chosen class. Click here to register now.
I would like you to view Shelia’s You Tube speech about the One Week Tai Chi Workshop and Tai Chi being accessible to everyone. With accessibility in mind, Lee Lightheart tells us how Tai Chi helped her recover from a stroke 14 years ago.
This month I would like to feature one of our master trainers, Ileina Ferrier who has been modest about her achievement, I was so happy to hear this from Stanley J. Michaels, coordinator of Injury Prevention of Hawaii State Department of Health.She is an inspiration to us all! If you visit Hawaii, be sure to say Hello to Ileina and join one of her many classes!
I look forward to seeing you at one of the USA workshops and/or at the January Workshop in Sydney.
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Ernie Hall informs us local YMCAs, churches and other public and private community organizations offer youth activities, and TC4K is a wonderful addition to any program after school or during seasonal breaks between sessions.
Ernie Hall also feels instructor’s dedication and enthusiasm for teaching Tai Chi encourages many to try something they have never done before.
Chris Hattle shares with us the story of Lorraine who is blind. Lorraine was referred to Tai Chi to help her become aware of her posture and was able to improve her balance.
For Shelia Rae the annual one-week workshop is a perfect place to re-charge ourselves for our important mission of doing and sharing Tai Chi with the world.
Lee Lightheart, a stroke victim, feels strongly that Tai Chi becomes more of a way of life that brings self-confidence and empowerment.
This month Caroline invites you to think about practicing Tai Chi in a unique and positive way.
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Ileina was nominated for and has received the spectacular Hawaii Community Service Award, the Na Lima Kokua Award – in the Research/Teaching Category. She will receive the award during the gala award luncheon held as part of the HPGS Conference on September 10th. This award will be given at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort Ballroom and is part of the same conference where we are presenting. Dr. Lam, this is a very prestigious award and you can be very proud of Ileina for her achievement in this arena. To be nominated and then selected is truly an outstanding achievement and we are so very proud of her.
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It makes sense to me that we use our awareness of environment beyond our practice session. Here are actual signs storekeepers posted that offer the opportunity to have a laugh. Imagine walking into the following shops:
A Laundromat: AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT
A Thrift Shop: WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?
A Health Food Store: CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS
A Department Store: BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS
In front of an Ice Cream Shop: SCREAM UNTIL DADDY STOPS THE CAR
A Repair Shop: WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR - THE BELL DOESN'T WORK)
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Warning: Dr. Lam does not necessarily endorse the opinion of other authors. Before practicing any program featured in this newsletter, please check with your physician or therapist. The authors and anyone involved in the production of this newsletter will not be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any injury which may arise as a result of following the instructions given in this newsletter.