The dan tian or center of Tai Chi for Health programs is the annual workshops

Dr Lam Tai Chi for Health Newsletter 
- Issue Number 202, June 2018


In this issue:

Hello <<First Name>>,

My dream of getting tai chi enthusiasts together 21 years ago was challenging, it has been a fun and fulfilling journey. With 20 workshops in Sydney and 17 in the USA, we have had 37 annual workshops. People from all walks of life came to share tai chi together year after year. The energy and enthusiasm fill the entire week and carry on for the year. The workshops have generated so many things: medical studies; tai chi development and friendship around the world. Over the last 20 years, the Tai Chi for Health programs have reached millions of people to improve their quality of life.

The workshops are where we revitalise our energy; develop tai chi and inner strength. They are the center (or the dan tian) of the Tai Chi for Health vision. For those who cannot join us at the time, I am sharing the invaluable material from them through this newsletter and my online lessons including interviews, demonstrations and ideas.

The last two workshops were at the Hong Kong Polytech University and Chungnam National University in Korea. I trained many health professionals and medical researchers in the new program, Tai Chi for Memory. You can tell we had fun working together, particularly with the highly respected Madam Park sharing her experience of teaching children with intellectual disabilities.

In China, we incorporated Chinese culture as we played tai chi and toured. Marlena Fiol, an amazing writer, has added her impressions to her blog, and also allowed me to share them in this newsletter. Once I get back to Sydney I will add my video footage and it will all be in my online lessons too.

The Online Tai Chi Lessons are going great.  Thanks to all the subscribers, and to our IT and digital marketing specialist, Dino Bernardo from E-Web Marketing. My vision was not just for lessons through the internet, but also to build a community crossing races, cultures and languages around the world. Sharing our experiences, expert opinions and idea from everyone - just like a community. If you have something other tai chi practitioners would be interested, do send it to me at

For example, Margaret Boem sent me a recent study which shows that when people injure one arm, exercising the other arm can actually help the injured arm recover. That makes sense when you consider how visualisation works. Visualising tai chi will improve the neural pathway as well as the physical part of the body.
Big thanks to Senior Trainer Debra Dunn Yonke from Bakersfield who shares her WTCQD photos and video with us. Debra teaches at the Bakersfield Senior Centre, and her event had over 100 guests, including the Vice Mayor! Well done Debra! You can see Debra’s video here. Ann Sheehan from Townsville, Australia also sent us a WTCQD photo (above). Thanks to Ann and her group!

Yours in Tai Chi,

Paul Lam, MD

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China Tai Chi Tour 2018, Part 1

Marlena Fiol, Instructor, Oregon

Our dear tai chi master, Dr. Paul Lam, and his partner Hazel invited us to join them as part of a small group on a two-week tai chi workshop/tour of China. Dr. Lam said he designed the trip to be “fun and serious, leisurely and exciting, like the yin and yang of tai chi.”

This design of contrasts generated a trip of remarkable paradoxes:

Absolutely clean wide modern streets and filthy holes-in-the-ground bathrooms.

Great Wall preserved from history and high-speed trains speeding into the future at over 300 km/hour.

Ancient palaces and ultra-modern high-rises side by side.

Friendly people who smile and also push and shove like barbarians to cut in front anyone who gets in their way when they need to get somewhere.

Wide-open countryside and crowded, cramped cities.

We westerners playing tai chi and Chinese looking on and taking videos in amazement.

People in general looking both industrious and very unhappy.

Google and Facebook, etc. not allowed and people on the streets wearing New York baseball caps.

April 11.

The first six days we’re in Beijing at a hotel called Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven. It’s a garish combination of ornate architecture, beautiful marble floors, and mold growing under our bed.

April 12.

We spend the entire day playing tai chi with Dr. Lam. Anyone who’s had the privilege of experiencing this knows that just this day was worth the entire price of admission!

April 13.

We meet our guide, who calls himself Jerry. He chatters a lot, mostly about himself. And to avoid learning any of our names, he yells out “My Family, let’s go,” “My Family, get off here,” or “My Family, it’s time for lunch now.”Many of us plug our ears shut with headphones.

We were supposed to visit the Great Wall today, but it’s raining, so we switch up our schedule and plan instead to go to the National Museum of China, a monstrously huge and modern building that flanks the eastern side of Tiananmen Square. The museum's mission is to educate people about the arts and history of China. It is directed and controlled by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China.

This is one of the largest museums in the world, with over eight million visitors in 2017. Today, the visitors include“Jerry’s Family”along with hundreds of school children, all dressed in their uniforms.
April 14.

On the bus again. Jerry again.

Everything we’re visiting in Beijing appears to be 30-40 minutes away. The traffic is horrendous. We pass by miles and miles of high-rise apartment buildings. After all, the nearly 22 million people in this sprawling metropolis have to live somewhere. And the city continues to grow at breakneck speed. In the 10 years between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, the number of people living in the city grew by 44 percent. Where does this lead, I wonder?

We visit the world-renowned Tiananmen Square, where the so-called‘89 Democracy Movement took place. The protests were forcibly suppressed after the government declared martial law. In what became known in the West as the Tiananmen Square Massacre, troops with automatic rifles and tanks killed hundreds of demonstrators trying to block the military's advance towards Tiananmen Square. It is sad to stand on this ground and remember the violence.

We walk across Tiananmen Square and into the Forbidden City, which houses the former Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—the years 1420 to 1912. The Forbidden City served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government for almost 500 years.

As is true everywhere in this city, throngs of people are here with us, visiting these historic sites. Most of them seem to be Chinese.
This evening we are treated to a Chinese Opera. A young maiden is lost. A boatman comes to rescue her and then tries to take advantage of her situation when he sees how vulnerable she is. Or something like that! Ed’s comment is that opera everywhere around the world is the same: “It takes two hours to tell a 5-minute story.”

See the July issue for Part Two - or if you can’t wait to read more, visit Marlena’s blog

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Letters to Dr Lam

From Deborah Pell Yffee, Senior Trainer, Shelburne Falls:

Dear Dr. Lam.....
I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am after reading your newsletter today....
you have answered my prayers!!!!  For over a year now, I have been meaning to write to you and beg ..yes, to create a Tai Chi for Heart Health program.....and today I opened up your newsletter to see that it's now a reality!!!!

I am THRILLED!!!!!  And I can't wait to find out how I can train in this and get certified asap!!!!  
I am also excited about the Tai Chi for Memory!!!  This is going to be a game changer!
So excited about Tai Chi for Heart Health.....thank you so much for all that you've done, all that you do, all that you are. 
Debbie in western MA
Dr Lam replies:
Thanks Debbie, I’m very excited about both new programs too! I have already done one instructor training for TCM in Korea, and I’m working on making both programs available as soon as possible.

Letters to Dr Lam

From Glenora Kivador, Instructor, Pittsburgh:

Dear Dr Lam,

Your documentary is a beautiful snapshot of a man who is arthritically challenged, did not let that stop him, and went on to create and become Director of a world-wide program that not only shows people how to overcome a challenge such as arthritis, but shows the world, and invites the world to understand a beautiful art form that is centuries old, and steeped in tradition.  Not to mention a personal glimpse into your life.

The beach in Wollongong is breathtaking beautiful. Excellent backdrop for the video. 
Dr Lam replies
Thanks Glenora, we enjoyed putting it together!

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Product Review Prize Winners

Below we list the winners for March and April. Congratulations to both of them!  Please contact or to claim your prizes.


Product:  Tai Chi for Beginners

 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 
Posted by: Kathy

" No stress Tai Chi

I commenced Tai Chi classes with a local group. In four weeks we were up to movement number 23 of the 108 movements that we had just 14 weeks to learn. I really, really wanted to learn and to do so correctly and gently
in respect for what I believed Tai Chi is all about. However the pace of this method of teaching made me so stressed I ended up walking out of the class.

I discovered and purchased "Tai Chi for Beginners" as well as the 24 Forms DVDs. What a difference! I am still working on the 'Beginners" disc and enjoying every minute.

Thank you 
Dr Lam for your clear and easy to follow instructions."


Product:  Tai Chi for Arthritis Wall Chart

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Posted by: Dennis Fallo

"The TCA wall chart has been such a wonderful addition for my classes, as I guide older adults to a higher functioning lifestyle!
I offer them for sale at each session of classes and they have really gone over well. Most will then order the DVD and/or do online lessons to bring their learning experience into
well rounded life event! My classes are always popular and always bring new folks in, as we share laughter and learning together!"

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Humour, Laughter and Radiant Health

Dr Bob McBrien, Master Trainer, Salisbury, MD, USA

In the U.S.A. the month of June is the beginning of summer and the end of the school year. Of course, the students are delighted to begin their summer vacation but teachers are equally delighted too. Here are examples of humorous stories teachers share while gathering in their faculty room at the end of the day:
  • My father began teaching business classes at the local prison through a community college. On his first night of class, he lectured on the chapter on banking. During the course of his lecture, the subject of ATMs came up, and Dad mentioned that, on average, most ATMs contain only about $1,500 at a given time.

    Just then a student in the back row raised his hand. "I’m not trying to be disrespectful," he told my father, "but the machine I robbed had about $5,000 in it”.
  • I recently ran into an old student of mine, who said, “I always liked you. You never had favorites. You were mean to everyone.”
  • I recently asked a student where his homework was. He replied, “It’s still in my pencil.”
  • During snack time, a kindergartner asked why some raisins were yellow while others were black. I didn’t know the answer, so I asked my friend, a first-grade teacher, if she knew.“Yellow raisins are made from green grapes, and black raisins are made from red grapes,” she explained.

    One little boy suggested, “Maybe that’s why she’s teaching first grade, because she’s smarter than you.”

Source: Reader’s Digest on the web.

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