Newsletter #101 - January 2010
--My Tai Chi Journey, Tony Garcia
--My Tai Chi Journey, Jennifer Chung
--My Tai Chi Journey, June Didier
--My Tai Chi Journey, So Far, Linda Arksey
--Humour, Laughter and Radiant Health, Bob McBrien
Welcome to 2010! May this be a joyful and healthy year for you.
We are lucky to start the year with the January one week workshop, when over 100 people will gather in the tranquil grounds of St Vincent’s College, Sydney, to share tai chi and harmony. Everyone will bring, from many parts of the world, their positive spirit and good energy. We will learn much from each other; enjoy the camaraderie and tai chi spirit. The theme of this year’s workshop is “A Journey of Self Discovery” which will also be the theme for this month’s newsletter. There are millions of tai chi practitioners but we all have our unique tai chi journey. This month we will hear some of these amazing stories from our friends.
The Tai Chi for Health Community (TCHC) will be awarding up to five $725 scholarships for the 2010 USA Annual Tai Chi Workshop at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in June. If you are interested, find out more in this newsletter.
- Announcement of the TCHC Scholarships for the 2010 USA Annual Tai Chi Workshop in Tacoma, WA
- Although Ellen Reitsma resides in Switzerland, her tai chi journey began in Sydney 2003. Now seven years later she’s back in the city where it all began.
- Cynthia Fels started tai chi out of curiosity. Now 20 years on she loves practising and teaching so much she has written a book on it.
- A touching story by Tony Garcia whose tai chi journey has helped him and others fight MS by regaining balance, self confidence and well being while dealing with a medical condition.
- Jennifer Chung from Singapore found tai chi to have given her a different perspective in life. She is now focused on training more instructors safely and effectively to achieve Dr. Paul’s vision for the TCH programs in Singapore.
- 83 year old June Didier’s tai chi journey only started six years ago after her partner of 30 years died unexpectedly. She not only found tai chi soothed her grief and brought her peace of mind but her bone density increased remarkably. Diagnosed with severe osteoporosis in 1996, her condition has now improved to osteopenia.
From ice skating to tai chi, Linda Arksey from the UK continues on her tai chi journey. She is using her knowledge as an ice dancing coach to improve fitness, balance and choreography.
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One Week Tai Chi Workshop
June 7 - June 12, 2010. Tacoma, WA, United States
One Week Tai Chi Workshop
July 15 - July 16, 2010. Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
Tai Chi 4 Kidz Instructor Training
July 17 - July 18, 2010. Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis
Yours in Tai Chi,
The scholarship funds were raised through the efforts and generous donations by TCHC members and a matching commitment by TCHC.
TCHC members residing in the U.S. or Canada may apply for one of the five scholarships. Guidelines with information on eligibility and selection criteria, along with an application, may be downloaded from our TCHC website at www.tchc.info.
Non-members may download information after completing a free registration. To obtain a printed copy of the Guidelines and Application by regular mail, please send your name, mailing address and phone number to:-
All scholarship applications must be received by February 1, 2010.
Ellen Reitsma, Senior Trainer, Oberdorf, Switzerland
I am a Senior Trainer now and on my way to be a Master Trainer. So my journey continues. My goal as a Master Trainer will be to spread the Tai Chi for Health Program in Europe.
Cynthia Fels, Senior Trainer, Pacific Grove, CA, USA
Tony Garcia, Senior Trainer, Miami Beach, FL, USA
Jennifer Chung, Tai Chi instructor, Singapore.
June Didier, Tai Chi Instructor, Mt Vernon, WA, USA
Linda Arksey, Senior Trainer, Nottingham, UK
As I learned each Tai Chi for Health programme my enthusiasm grew, I had more energy, less pain and something else happened. I started to apply some of the tai chi stances to my massage work without thinking and encouraged my patients to learn Tai Chi for Health so that they would feel the benefits themselves.
Dr Bob McBrien, Salisbury, MD, USA
Along with taking time for playing tai chi, I think that sharing anecdotes and jokes help us to reach the goal of radiant health.
Here are some humorous examples of the experience of making resolutions.
*New Year's resolutions: They go in one year and out the other.
2006: I will read one good book a week this year
2007: I will read at least 20 good books this year.
2008: I will read at least 10 good books a year.
2009: I will read 5 good books a year.
2010: I will finish reading The Da Vinci Code
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.