Newsletter #137 - January 2013
May 2013 be a refreshing, exciting, rewarding and a wonderful year for all. Despite the busy season we still managed to gather some exciting contributions. Tamara Bennett has an interesting article, of all things, on ironing board and tai chi. After the recent teaching workshops I have further refined my thinking on teaching and learning and I would like to share a few new thoughts with you. In the Florida workshop, Peter Gryffin, a tai chi practitioner is working on his doctorate “The Teaching of Tai Chi”. You can read about his experiences. We were able to offer him a Young Teacher scholarship. The scholarship was funded from proceeds through auctioning my photo canvases in the 2012 USA June workshop. I would like to thank the generous bidders who raised USD$2,000 for this scholarship. The scholarship is for young tai chi teachers who would like to attend any one of my workshops worldwide. If you are interested, do email me through firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am excited about the upcoming January Sydney workshop and the Master Trainers’ workshop the following week. I look forward to hearing inspiring talks from the new Master Trainers, group and individual demonstrations, and furthermore the interactive energy in an ideal learning environment for everyone to grow in tai chi.
I look forward to seeing those who will be attending this and many other workshops in different parts of the world in 2013. Articles on talks and videos on demonstrations from the January Sydney workshop will be posted in the coming newsletters. The USA 2013 June workshop is now set up online and we are ready to take registrations.
- Dr Lam explores new thoughts on teaching and learning tai chi.
- Tamara Bennett’s “Recipe for tai chi Practice”: ironing board, laptop, complete set of Dr Lam’s instructional DVDs and a 1.5m square space.
- Caroline Demoise talks about the value of bringing tai chi principles to the world through the mission of the Institute (TCHI) in making tai chi accessible to everyone.
- Peter Gryffin shares how an opportunity to attend Dr Lam’s workshop helped him with his doctoral program.
This Month’s Special:
May 11 - 12 Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis
May 16 - 17 Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis
May 16 - 17 Tai Chi for Kidz Instructor Training
May 18 - 19 Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training
Jun 01 - 02 Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training
Jun 08 - 09 Tai Chi for Beginners Instructor Training
Jun 10 - 15 One Week Tai Chi Workshop
Many other workshops conducted by my authorised master trainers are listed in Workshop Calendar.
Yours in Tai Chi,
Dr Paul Lam, Director, Tai Chi for Health Institute, Sydney, NSW, Australia
In conclusion: It is important to understand the theory and rationale. Once you have mastered that you can use your auditory, sensory and cognitive facilities to integrate and share what you know. That in turn allows you to grow in knowledge and skill. Remember to use a variety of methods, be open minded and then tailor to the participants’ needs and learning styles to achieve the most effective outcome.
Tai Chi for Health Institute has a remarkable opportunity in the world today. In Dr Lam’s International Tai Chi Organization are a group of tai chi practitioners working toward manifesting a vision of universal tai chi. A platform has been created to promote a world where tai chi is universally recognized as beneficial throughout the age spectrum, where appropriate forms of tai chi are universally available to everyone and where tai chi may someday be universally practiced by a vast majority of people worldwide.
Let’s look at how important lighting up the world with our intentions, thoughts, interpersonal communications and behaviours can be in the process of influence and change. Sometimes one person can literally change the world. Together, united in a common cause, to improve ourselves by applying tai chi’s principles more uniformly to our lives will more rapidly and profoundly change the world than we might imagine.
Tai chi principals teach life skills. The more we apply them to life, the more successful we are in achieving our goals. When we recognize the deeper principle of harmonizing with every situation we encounter, being in the flow of life, we will recognize the importance of teamwork and cooperation in achieving results far beyond what one person can do themselves. As people emphasize cooperation and harmony, the ego will rebalance and become an effective, supportive asset; competitiveness will shrivel and assume a useful, motivating role rather than a destructive drive and everyone will recognize their connection with the good of the whole of humanity as the important focus for life’s endeavours.
Below I present four jokes and their ratings in parentheses. You may look and rate a variety of jokes at: http://www.rd.com/jokes/
- John went to the cardiologist after experiencing chest pains. "I took our sick cat to the vet," he told the intake nurse, "and while I was there, my chest got tight, I had trouble breathing. and a bit later, my left arm began aching." The nurse showing she was concerned asked. "Oh dear," she asked, "how is your cat?" (60%)
- My friend was working at an amusement park when a couple stopped him. “Excuse me,” said the woman, pointing to a pond. “What is that water made out of?” My friend replied, “Two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen.”
“See?” she said to her boyfriend. “I told you it wasn’t real.” (71%)
- An elevator in our office building is frequently out of order. The last time, maintenance posted a sign that summed up the situation: Elevator Closed for Temporary Repairs (80%).
- I was driving when I saw the flash of a traffic camera. My picture had been taken for speeding although I knew I wasn’t. I went around the block and slowly drove through the same spot. Again the camera flashed. Thinking this was pretty funny, I drove past even slower three more times, laughing as the camera flashed while I drove by at a snail’s pace. Two weeks later, I got five tickets in the mail for driving without wearing a seat belt (98%)
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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.