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Dr Lam Tai Chi for Health Newsletter 
- Issue Number 186, February 2017

Hello <<First Name>>

In this issue: Happy Chinese New Year of the Rooster!

I am still on a high from the January workshop, and we are already planning next year, which will be the 20th Anniversary Annual Sydney Workshop!  Twenty years ago, we attempted to reach out to the tai chi world and now we have reached millions around the world! Next year, we have exciting ideas such as tai chi and photos at famous Sydney landmarks, Chinese acrobats, and of course even more amazing tai chi classes and events.

I will start sharing what we learned from this workshop, and this month I am featuring the video of Richard Link’s talk. Three months prior to the workshop, Richard was in an Intensive Care Unit. You might remember many of us from the tai chi family got together to send him a get well message in a YouTube video. His wife has to hold up the cell phone to show him the video. Nobody would have thought he would be here now!  Richard, however, is a man with a fierce fighting spirit and a big heart who creates doors where none exist, so he made one for himself with the help of tai chi energy! Welcome to Australia Richard! You are a true inspiration!

I am really excited about the high enrollment for my coming Melbourne workshops, Exploring the 24 and 73 Forms. Be sure to enroll before they are booked out, and I look forward to seeing you there.  My July workshops have just gone on line – please check the Workshop Calendar because we are putting more workshops on line every week. 

Our workshops are truly international with people attending from many countries. This year I was happy to see Kartikey and Sylvia from Singapore, who planned to return to their native India this year to teach tai chi. They have such drive and determination I am sure that Tai Chi for Health will do wonderfully in their small village of Calcutta, which has a mere 14 million villagers!

We also worked with Professor Kirthi Walgama, Sri Lanka's second MT. He has great plans for Tai Chi for Health in his country.

Amatullah Bahaziq, an MT from Saudi Arabia arrived with three more Saudi ladies who are her team of STs, working hard to spread Tai Chi for Health in challenging conditions, all with grace and humour.

Look out for their talks in coming Newsletter.

At the same time, I have worked with new Master and Senior Trainers, instructors from Australia, UK, USA and many other countries, and it was inspirational to see their enthusiasm. It was great to see tai chi people from different countries getting on wonderfully and working together with the spirit of harmony between all people and races.

If we all try our best to share the positive tai chi spirit within our sphere of influence I am sure we will help make the world a more harmonious place for our future generations.

We had some wonderful class demonstrations on our last day, and this month I am sharing with you the Tai Chi for Energy and Energy 2 class. This was the first group of instructors to receive the new Tai Chi for Energy 2 instructor training certificate, and I am very proud of them. More at next month's Newsletter.

This year we presented the first Workshop 'Oscar' to our instructor John Gough for “The Best Performance in the Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis video!" John gave such a wonderful performance as a challenged participant in the above that our office staff receive regular phone calls asking if the “poor old man in the DVD ever managed to walk by himself”. John does have health challenges, but he never sees himself as such. He is one of our instructors at my school Better Health Tai Chi Chuan, and competed in tai chi competitions. At last his acting talent has been recognised!

Finally we were delighted to hold the draw for the FREE All Inclusive package (worth around $1800) for 2018 during our Social Dinner. Guest celebrity “Elvis” Coffindaffer drew the winning ticket which belonged to One Week regular Nancy Seddon, from Victoria.  Congratulations Nancy!

This Month’s Special
Buy any Health Series DVD and receive a 20% discount!  Please use code FEBHEALTH20 when ordering. Offer expires 28th February.  Not to be used with any other discount.

Product Review Prize Winner
Congratulations to January prize winners Glen Joned from Australia and Isabelle from the USA! You have won 3 DVDs of your choice value up to AUD or USD $120. You can see review below, please contact us within one week to claim your prize.

Be sure to post your review when you make a purchase to win a mystery prize.
 
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Yours in Tai Chi,
 
 
Paul Lam, MD
Director
http://www.taichiforhealthinstitute.org/

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(Dr Lam receives many letters.  Each month we feature one, and he answers any questions raised)
A Letter to Dr Lam
Vicki Clark, Instructor, Grantville
 
When diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis 7 years ago and being faced with the possibility of my own mortality my husband and I moved from Melbourne to Grantville which is about 40 minutes from Phillip Island.  At the time I couldn't walk any further than 500mtrs without being extremely breathless and was always very tired.  I said to my husband one day after suffering 2 bouts of hospital stays with pneumonia “I have to do something or I will die”, to which he said “Why don't you try tai chi that I saw advertised at Coronet Bay”. 
 
Not liking to meet new people I put it off for several months until I became unwell again.  I was very nervous starting  my first class but soon became friends with the other wonderful ladies. After the first session I came home and said to my husband “I can't see that waving my arms around is going to do me any good” but I kept going mainly for the company in the beginning. 
 
After several months at my next lung specialist appointment and lung function tests I had only lost a very small amount of lung function where usually it was considerable.  After the first year and no hospital stays my leader Laura asked whether anyone would do the leader training course as she was becoming tired and wanting to move interstate in the future. I took on the challenge and passed.
 
I have now been a leader for 3 years and have not had a cold or any other illnesses since. My lung function is down to 58% and hasn't deteriorated for 2 years. I have seen some amazing results in some of my students who are mainly elderly and my lung specialist is now recommending all her patients do Tai Chi for Arthritis. 
I can't thank you enough.
 
Dr Lam replies:
I am so happy to read your story, you are doing an amazing job and your lung specialist is seeing the value of Tai Chi for Arthritis! 
 
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Teaching Participants with Health Issues
Richard Link, Master Trainer, Memphis, USA
Click this link to see Richard in action.
 
We often tell our new students that they can do tai chi standing, sitting, laying, or even in a hospital bed.  It’s very easy. Just clear your mind, relax and breathe.
It does sound easy, right?
 
Several months ago, I had a medical situation that put me in the hospital flat on my back. There was a period where I could not move my arms, legs, or body. With all the doctors and all the tests, they could not figure out what was wrong with me, With each passing day I was getting weaker.
 
All I could do was lay there and stare at the ceiling. I decided that if I was ever going to recover I had to work my way back to health myself.  I have always believed in the almost magical power of Tai Chi for Rehabilitation so I decided I would practice the form in my mind …… to learn more, please watch Richard’s video
 
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Product of the Month Review Prize Winners
This month’s winners are:
Product:     24 Forms DVD
Posted by: Glen Joned
Having looked locally in my area I was unable to find an instructor. Following the DVD was like being in a class but right in my lounge room. It was obvious to see why Dr Lam is so well respected. 
 
Product:     Sun Style 73 Forms DVD   
Posted By: Isabelle, USA
Five Stars!  Excellent Tool for Learning Tai Chi
My husband and I are very pleased with the step-wise approach that Dr. Lam provides in this training DVD. We especially like the repetitive sequences he goes through to teach a move. I must temper that with the fact that we have been through classes with live teachers, but no longer live in a community that can provides it. Nonetheless, this program is invaluable for us to continue our growth in T'ai Chi. We like the explanations he gives about the overall impacts of TC, as well as the explanations of how to do each step, especially integrating the breathing, how to breath, when and where to balance, etc. While we have had live teaching, we like the ability to repeat the sequence of DVD many, many times to cement our technique. We view the full demonstration frequently to see how the moves glide together and review the big picture.

Congratulations! Please contact service@tchi.org or serviceusa@taichiproductions.com to receive your prize.
 
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My Tai Chi Journey Took Me to Sydney!

Veronica Dobie, instructor, Murrumbidgee
(Verica was at the second line of the Tai Chi for Energy demonstration video, just behind Robert.)

My tai chi journey never ceases to amaze me.  I told my story in a previous newsletter and for those of you who did not see it was in issue 173 January 2016.

During this year one of the representatives from Murrumbidgee Health encouraged me to apply for a scholarship to Dr Lam's yearly workshop in Sydney and with only a small amount of hope I applied. Time went by and I was told now don't get your hopes up but deep down I still believed it could be possible. Our local Doctor gave me a lovely letter of recommendation and so did Murrumbidgee Health.

Then the email came telling me I had won a half scholarship. I had been saving a bit and thought how on earth could I get the rest of the money as I am on an aged pension. Where could I possibly cut back. The dream would not go away - there had to be a way. 

One day I mentioned this to one of my tai chi friends and before I knew it they all got together and started making weekly donations towards my journey. Now, this did not stop there, unbeknown to me, they had written to Lions, Rotary, Soroptimists, Apex, RS Club and held raffles, one of which was a beautiful painting donated by one of the local artists. They raised all the money to get me to Sydney. This wonderful little town of less than 2000 people and where my husband and I moved to only 4 years ago have shown me so much love and support for which I will be forever grateful and humbled by their generosity. 

The Sydney workshop was all I expected and more. My appreciation of the big picture is incredible, really such an eye opener to see all the people from different places around the world who are so dedicated to tai chi, their own health and that of so many other people. Dr Lam and all the other Master Trainers are all very different people but their dedication is tremendous.  Just think from humble beginnings how the Institute has grown and how many people have a better quality of life because of Dr Lam and his friends.

Who would have thought that in my 70th year our move to country New South Wales would lead to such wonderful experiences and great friendships. Over the past few years the group has grown from 15 in one group to 50 and 3 groups. We have lots of fun and great health benefits. Personally I have found that sharing the program with others not only helps them but also improves my own tai chi as, with this comes responsibility therefore, daily practice, and watching the DVDs is paramount to keep on track with the tai chi principles.

In all my years apart from raising our wonderful family, our move to country New South Wales and sharing tai chi with others has given me a new lease of life. The tai chi journey continues and my belief grows every day.

Thank you to Dr Lam for creating this wonderful opportunity for all of us. 
 
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Humour, Laughter and Radiant Health
Doctor Bob McBrien, Salisbury, Maryland, USA
Searching the internet for positive forms of humor is an education. Most humor found on the web, even though I type “positive humor” on the search line, is often negative (put down) humor. Often times the examples are not even funny. I did find some non-offensive, healthy humor and this month’s offering is several “twisted” examples of weights & measures. 

Perhaps readers can add to my list. Contact me at drbobtaichi@gmail.com
  • The ratio of an igloo’s circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi
  • 2,000 pounds of Chinese soup = won ton
  • One-half of one’s large intestine= a semi-colon
  • Time from slipping on a peel and smack the floor = a bannanosecond
  • Time to sail 400 meters at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong
  • Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarse power
  • 365 days of only drinking low-calorie beer= 1 lite year 
Share your favourite pun or healthy humour, send to: drbobtaichi@gmail.com

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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. 
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Special winners at the opening ceremony
Long queue for Matt's artisan gelato and sorbet
Big Prize winner Nancy, congratulations!
Vicky and her class
My son Matt and new Master Trainer Heather Chalon from Arizona, Tuscon
Veronica
Drs Bob Mc Brien and Paul Lam
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