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Dr Lam's Tai Chi and Health Newsletter

- Issue Number 158, Oct, 2014

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Hello <<First Name>>

I am enjoying my USA Fall workshop tour very much.  I have managed a little sightseeing (see my photos on Facebook) and have seen some spectacular places.  I am inspired to create a video/slide show for my January One week workshop in Kincoppal, Rose Bay, Sydney.  Photos and videos are wonderful reminders of good times, and I hope all my participants will contribute something.  If you haven’t booked in yet, do think about coming, and adding to my permanent memento!

I am really enjoying reading the letters and articles you send to me.  If you have a special story you would like to share with our tai chi family do send it to me at

This Month’s Special:
My Tai Chi Music CDs have been especially composed to enhance your practice.  Tai Chi Music CD2 has music for Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Arthritis 2, Tai Chi for Kidz, Tai Chi for Beginners, Tai Chi for Health and Yang and Sun Styles.  This month you can buy either or both CDs at 20% off!  Click here to place your order.  Please use coupon code MS1014

Upcoming Workshops by Dr Paul Lam 
October 2014
Oct 04-05. Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis, Asheville, NC, United States
Oct 09-10. Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training, Jekyll Island, GA, United States 
Oct 11-12. Tai Chi for Energy Part 2, Jekyll Island, GA, United States
Oct 16-17. Tai Chi Energy Instructor Training, Hurst, TX, United States
Oct 16-17. Tai Chi 4 Kidz Instructor Training, Hurst, TX, United States
Oct 18-19. Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis, Hurst, TX, United States
Oct 25-26. Tai Chi for Beginners Instructor Training, Caldera, OR, United States
January 2015
Jan 05-10. One Week Tai Chi Workshop, Sydney, Australia 

May 2015
May 07-08. Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis, Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom
May 09-10. Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training, Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom
May 23-24. Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor Training by Solothurn, Switzerland
Many other workshops conducted by my authorised master trainers are listed on the Workshop Calendar. I will be sending another list of upcoming workshops not posted online because of the website work, if you wish to see that list please subscribe to the workshop notifying list
Yours in Tai Chi, 
Dr Paul Lam
Director, Tai Chi for Health Institute

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A Letter to Dr Lam 
Kerry Evans, Instructor, New South Wales, Australia

I want to express my thanks to you.  The workshops that I recently attended in Sydney were fabulous.  (TCA Depth and TCD Instructor Training).  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! 

I learnt so very much and am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to absorb all the teachings, tips and wisdom that were so freely shared by you and your Master Trainers.  I would also like to Thank You, Marta, Pat and Janet for the support I was given when my Qi decided to play “Hide and Seek”.  I would not have made it through the 4 days without that much valued support.
I forgot to include this feedback on my form - I was really impressed by Janet’s announcement about our environmental footprint.  I am a keen advocate (almost fanatical - drive my kids crazy) for reducing our impact on Mother Earth, and I thought this was a great initiative.  I would really like to see participants asked to bring their own water bottle etc. to workshops - but - small steps!!!  I also love the fresh fruit at morning and afternoon tea - thanks.
I had a Seated TCA class on Thursday at the Aged Care Facility, and it was such a lovely class - I felt totally in my “flow”.  After warm ups etc. we went through the set once (up to where I have taught), and then the second time I told the participants that I would not be talking as much - as they are really familiar with the moves.  The second time, with less talking by me, was beautiful - I could feel the energy and it was wonderful.  Despite the fact that one participant is totally deaf, another has use of one arm only, and several with arthritis and other conditions - it was an amazing feeling we shared.
There is a local Physio here which has a gym attached and focuses strongly on fitness.  I would like to approach them with a view to conducting TCD and / or TCD classes.  I purchased the TC Rehabilitation whilst in Sydney and want to know if - when I have studied the DVD well, practiced and feel confident with the form, am I able to teach that also - or will I need to wait and get an Instructor’s Certificate first?
Thanks again Dr Lam. 
Dr Lam replies:  Thanks for your enthusiasm Kerry.  It really is the participants who make the workshops so successful, without their energy it would not be such an exciting time.  Tai Chi for Rehabilitation is a prequel to Tai Chi for Energy.  Anyone who is certified to teach Tai Chi for Energy can also teach Tai Chi for Rehabilitation.  However it is a complex form and a two day instructor workshop would greatly enhance its presentation and the instructors’ confidence when teaching it to differently abled participants.  Next year I will be teaching many of my Master Trainers how to conduct a TCR workshop, and the June One Week preconference in the USA will be Tai Chi for Rehabilitation.
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Wendy’s Tai Chi Morning Poem Follow Up
Beverley Murphy, Instructor, Queensland, Australia
(On Dr Lam’s China Tour this year, Beverley shared a moving poem with the group.  Here she follows up on that story)
I would like to give you some follow up to the poem by Wendy Enchelmaier entitled "Tai Chi Morning" that I read to our group in China and which was included  in the May Newsletter 
It was my delight and honour to be invited by Wendy as her tai chi instructor, to attend her CQ University Australia Graduation Ceremony and University Medal presentation on 31st July,  as one of two invited guests, the other being her charming husband, whom I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time at the ceremony. 
Wendy arrived at our tai chi class the morning of her graduation, dressed up for her special occasion, minus high-heels I hasten to add.  She brought my ticket to me, and we all applauded her as she arrived to be greeted by hugs and smiles.  Wendy joined in our class, Tai Chi for Osteoporosis, and said she needed to practise her tai chi before facing her trip to the city and her ceremony.
The ceremony was held at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the G20 World Summit will be held in October.  It was a wonderful event, including musical entertainment, excellent speeches well prepared and confidently delivered to a large audience.
I was thrilled to attend as I felt it was a tribute to the friendships and positive benefits that Tai Chi for Health can bring.  Wendy's "Tai Chi Morning" poem may have been just a small part of her Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) Degree and University Medal award, but for her and many others, it was and continues to be, significant.
See Beverley reading the poem at the Nine Twist Stream in China here
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A Morning of Tai Chi for Health
Rosalie Ruddock, Senior Trainer, Toowoomba, Australia
The importance of mentoring instructor-leaders in any professional group should never be underestimated. This support structure has been embodied in the role of Senior Trainer within the Tai Chi for Health Institute.
Recently in Toowoomba, nine leaders from southeast Queensland gathered with me for A Morning of Tai Chi for Health. Seven had driven an hour or more to attend, with three of these travelling over 150kms each way.
Introductions, networking over morning tea, playing tai chi with our peers and discussions on finer points quickly filled the morning.
The CDC’s recommendation of Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis programme as an effective, evidence based falls prevention strategy was raised.  This highlighted just how important our work as TCA leaders is in our own communities, both large and small. This then led into the basic tai chi principles of body awareness – posture and weight transference.
We are all looking forward to more gatherings next year, including a Tai Chi for Diabetes workshop in south east Queensland with Master Trainer Rani Hughes.  
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Humor, Laughter and Radiant Health
Dr Bob McBrien, Master Trainer, Salisbury, Maryland, USA

Recently I had the honour of assisting Dr Lam at his Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop held in Vermont.  An additional honour was working with five other facilitators including Dr. Bruce Young, a Senior Trainer from Maine. Bruce had fun standing next to me (we both are Educators with our doctorate degrees) and asked folks if they knew what they were looking at. He explained that we were a "pair of docs." Of course people laughed a bit but mostly the response was a groan. Bruce explained that the groan was just what he was expecting.

The pun is considered the highest and lowest form of humour. Why? Because it takes creativity to create the 'punch line' in the pun, In Bruce Young's pun connecting to "paradox"  resulted produced a groan.  This is why puns are also called 'groaners'.

Here are the top six puns from an International Pun Contest held a few years ago:
*. A vulture boards an airplane, with two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger'.
*. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says ’Dam!'
*. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft.  Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
*. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says 'I've lost my electron'. The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies 'Yes, I'm positive'.
*. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
*. And finally, there was the person who sent ten different puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.
If, in your tai chi travels you meet up with Dr Bruce Young ask him to tell you his "When the pastor painted his church" story. And send your groaners to 

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Tai Chi for Rehabilitation leads seamlessly into Tai Chi for Energy - one of the most energizing programs of Dr Lam's Tai Chi for Health programs. It utilizes the powerful synergy of both complex Chen and Qi cultivating Sun styles.
After Tai Chi for Energy there is the more demanding Tai Chi for Energy 2.  The trilogy begins with a Health form, moves to a Beginners Form, and ends with an intermediate form.  It guides the beginner through a series of moves which subtly build into a sophisticated sequence which will satisfy the needs of every practitioner.

Dr Paul Lam conducting a Tai Chi for Energy instructor training workshop in Chicago Sept 2014.
Dr Lam at Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop with facilitators in Chicago Sept 2014.
Dr Lam at the Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training workshop in Chicago Sept 2014.
Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop in Chicago with all participants Sept 2014.
Dr Paul Lam with Carol at Tai Chi workshop in Sept 2014.
One of the Tai Chi workshops with Dr Lam 2014.
The Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop with Local Coordinator and Senior Trainer Erica Heindrick Sept 2014.

Kerry Evan from her article

Beverly and Wendy in her article

Rosalie at Dr Lam's Tai Chi for Energy workshop in Townsville Aug 2014

Dr Bob at Dr Lam's Tai Chi for Energy workshop in Vermont Sept 2014

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