Newsletter #82 - June 2008
We all realise that children are the future of this world. If we can help them to become happier, have greater self esteem, find more enjoyment in life then we have won the battle for a better society of the future. Tai Chi for children is the theme of this month’s newsletter.
You will find out how the Tai Chi 4 Kidz program was created. At the inaugural instructor’s training workshop April 2008 in
Dr Lam’s care for children and his interest in their cognitive behaviour led to the creation of Tai Chi 4 Kidz.
A poem by Anastasia, especially for the inaugural TC4Kidz Instructors Training workshop in
Steve, a parent, tells how children not only learn from us but we can also learn from them.
Caroline would like everyone to know about the Tai Chi for Health Community and the benefits of being a part of it.
Hear what TCA Certified Instructors have to say about teaching Tai Chi for Arthritis.
Dr Bob has some fitting humour this month as many fly to
for the June workshop Massachusetts
June’s Special Offer
This month you will receive a free Tai Chi Music CD when you buy both the Tai Chi 4 Kidz instructional DVD and the “Teaching Tai Chi Effectively” book.
Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructors training workshop
Pre-conference: Tai Chi @ Work Instructors training workshop
One week Tai Chi Workshop with Ten Courses
Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop
Therapeutic Tai Chi for physiotherapists and occupational therapists
Tai Chi for Diabetes, Instructors Training workshop
Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructors training workshop
Tai Chi for Osteoporosis Instructors training workshop
For more information about these and other workshops conducted by me or my authorised master trainers, go to the Workshop Calendar
Paul Lam, M.D.
By Dr Paul Lam,
Many teachers and I believe Tai Chi would be a very useful exercise for kids. It will help them meet the challenges of life more effectively because Tai Chi helps to develop body, mind and overall coordination.
When my daughter was very young I started teaching her Tai Chi. After a month or so she lost interest. Instead of pushing her to continue and run the risk of turning her off Tai Chi, I decided not to pursue, hoping one day she would come back to it. Thirteen years later, she did. I know Tai Chi can help children learn new skills faster; give them a more balanced mind so they can make the best out of their lives. Using the same method to teach children as though they are adults will not work well. After collaborating with many teachers, especially my co-creator Cheryl Lee Player, we developed the Tai Chi 4 Kidz program. With it, I now feel confident that if I were to go back in time, my daughter would have continued her Tai Chi journey without the 13 years break.
This program is designed to bring Tai Chi to the children in a way they would enjoy. It teaches them the way they learn best. For example: being more visual. The contents are designed to incorporate different teaching methods and focus on Tai Chi principles rather than the complexity of the movements.
The program is divided into several learning blocks to suit children from different age groups with varying learning capacity. The training workshop and the instructional DVD are intended for adults, teachers and children alike. I hope to see school teachers and parents take up this program as an integral part of children’s education.
The inaugural TC4Kidz instructors training workshop was held in
By Anastasia Yianni, Melbourne,
Anastasia is the Tai Chi Educator for Arthritis
Teddy Tai and Teddy Chi
Now i want to play with teddy tai chi
By Steve Drakoulis,
Steve and his family are patients of Dr Lam. When his son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder he became heavily involved in support groups dealing with ASD. Together with his wife’s dedication and love their son is doing amazingly well, confident that he will grow into a well functioning adult one day.
I attended a talk last year on educating children with Special Needs, and heard how the speaker, a renowned advisor to the UN and Australian government about education, came across an initiative at a school that vastly impressed her. As she was looking around the yard at the
"We are the Friendship Patrol" they said. They went on to tell her that as the school had a large number of children with Special Needs, their job was to patrol the playground and look for any child who appeared sad, or lonely, or not being part of a group. They would befriend them and introduce them to other children and help them be play and be happy!
The woman was astounded. In her 30 years visiting schools around the world, she had never encountered such initiative. She went to the Principal and told her how wonderful she thought she was for introducing such a fantastic scheme. The Principal told her that the idea had in fact come from the children themselves, who having been allowed to understand how some children needed extra friendship, they asked her if they could form the Friendship Patrol. Each day, 3 different children took it in turn to start their lunch early before everyone else came out, and they could commence their 'patrol'. The Principal was insightful and progressive enough to see the merit of the idea and thanks to these beautiful little children, no one was ever left abandoned or excluded in the playground.
By Caroline Demoise,
Caroline is a Master Trainer and a regular contributor to the newsletter. With the June workshop fast approaching, it is a good opportunity to introduce this organisation to those who don’t already know.
Tai Chi for Health Community (TCHC) was created in
This nonprofits organization is dedicated to bringing tai chi to every community in
Dr. Paul Lam, one of the international leaders and teachers of tai chi, is dedicated to creating simple, safe and effective tai chi programs for people of all ages and physical conditions to enjoy and to use to increase the quality of their lives. His mission has been to train tai chi exercise leaders around the world who will bring these programs to people everywhere. TCHC supports Dr. Lam and his worldwide tai chi mission by providing a national organization where you can be of service and make a difference in people’s lives. We invite you to join us and help spread the practice of tai chi.
People who join TCHC get additional benefits such as access to group liability insurance rates, discounts on products and workshops from Tai Chi Productions and quarterly newsletters. Our website, www.taichiforhealthcommunity.org is a source of information about this growing service organization. But more important than what TCHC can do for us is what we what we can do for others when we unite our efforts and work together.
You can become a member of TCHC for $45.00 (USD) by completing an application and sending it to us. You can get to know us at the hospitality event at the Dr. Lam’s June tai chi workshop in
This is an incredible mission and we need your help to make this dream a reality. We want people to be aware of the benefits of the Tai Chi for Health programs and to have access to local classes. This means networking with groups and talking about tai chi everywhere we go. It means encouraging people to become tai chi exercise leaders, offering more community classes, writing more articles about tai chi and encouraging local newspapers, magazines and newsletters to print our words. As TCHC grows in size there will be more members working to actualize the vision. Please join us in accomplishing the mission and vision of the Tai Chi for Health Community by making a tax free contribution or becoming a member of TCHC.
NOTE FROM DR LAM:
TCHC was one of the three sponsors for the breakfast meeting I mentioned last month at the 3rd International Congress for Complementary Medicine Research held in
By Maureen Miller, St Marys, GA,
Maureen is a certified TCA instructor.
Lots of Qi (pronounced chee), or energy, was floating around the Camden Recreation Center this past weekend during the county’s first Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor’s workshop. Participants from
“This weekend, you’ll learn how teach an exercise program that’s based on Tai Chi principles; one that’s medically responsible, safe and effective,” said Master Trainer Patricia Lawson said as she opened the workshop.
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese exercise with its roots in martial arts. Nowadays, it is practiced throughout the world for its many health benefits. Medical studies have shown that its slow, continuous movements help to increase flexibility, balance and strength.
“Tai chi, like walking, accelerates the heart rate,” said Master Trainer and retired Navy submariner Marty Kidder, “but the blood oxygenation and circulation (achieved) is better than walking.”
The Tai Chi for Health programs are designed by Paul Lam, a family physician and Tai Chi Master in
“Qigong helps with breathing and relaxation,” said Lawson. “It is particularly effective for healing and repairing cartilage, inflamed joints and tendons.”
“I came for an update,” said Lynn Norris from
Physical therapist Gina Gerona, tasked with starting an exercise program at the
“I wanted certification before I started teaching,” said
“I came to learn a different kind of martial art,” said Audrey St. John a message therapist and Black Belt martial artist from Kingsland, “but mostly (I came) to learn how to help clients who have arthritis and limited range of motion.”
Arlene Huber from St. Marys felt right at home. She’s been attending Tai Chi classes at the
With some of you coming by air to
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.