Happy New Tai Chi Year. I hope you all had a great Christmas and have enjoyed your break. For those of you who have already played tai chi with me, I hope you’ve enjoyed your tai chi practice over the last few weeks. I know you’re looking forward to getting back to class next week.
I’ve had a lovely break. As usual, early in January I went to Wollongong for the annual Tai Chi for Health one week workshop. This was the 21st annual workshop that Dr Paul Lam has run in the Sydney area, and the sixth that I’ve attended. Wollongong is beautiful place; the beach is lovely, though it’s much more humid than it is here in Perth and we had quite a bit of rain. I shared an Airbnb apartment with a couple of other lovely tai chi players. We had a great time, the location was perfect and we ate way too much. I can’t recommend this workshop enough. People come from all over Australia and all over the world. There are people with years and years of experience playing tai chi and others who are completely new to Tai chi. Over the years I’ve been in classes with people who’ve never done tai chi before and others who’ve got so much experience it’s a joy to practice with them. Well, to be honest, it’s a joy to practice with everyone who attends. This workshop attracts the loveliest, like-minded people. I recommend it to all of you. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to let you know when enrolments are open for next year’s workshop
This year one of the very special people that I’ve met on my tai chi journey premiered a short film that he had made. Jerry is a dancer who has worked with some of the best, and well known, in the world. He has taught dance and is actually a Professor of Dance. He told us the story of his dance journey, his tai chi journey, his personal life journey, and how he has blended them all together. It was a beautiful presentation and when we had finished watching the film I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. You can watch this beautiful short film that combines dance and tai chi, without the narration, here. It’s about 9 minutes long.
Tai Chi First Light
Another short film that I think you’ll all enjoy was made last year at the Wollongong workshop. This is an interview by Master Trainer, Rani Hughes, with Dr Paul Lam. Paul talks about how anyone can learn tai chi and why everyone should. You’ll see a large group doing tai chi on the beach at the beginning of this film. If you’ve got very good eyes you might be able to pick me out, but I doubt it, I’m right at the back. I know where I am but you probably won’t be able to see me. This film goes for about 20 minutes. It’s definitely worth a watch.
Anyone can do Tai Chi
This term I’ll be attending tai chi workshops in both Brisbane and Melbourne. I’ll give you more information about these workshops in class. No need to worry, classes will continue while I’m away. You’ll get the details in the next week or two
Well that’s enough for now. I’ll finish up with a few photos from Wollongong and all the details you need about classes for this term. Please let me know if you’re planning to change class or come along to an additional class, and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at all. If you don’t want to receive these emails anymore, please do let me know. And if you won’t be returning to Tai Chi, please let me know that as well
Wanneroo Recreation Centre
275 Scenic Drive, Wanneroo (down near the lake).Enter through the door facing the carpark. Classes will be held in Activity Room 2, on your right.
Mondays – (Term 1, 2019 begins Monday 4th Feb)
9:15am-10:15am-beginners and existing players who are prepared to start again at the beginning. No prior tai chi knowledge is expected.
10:30am-11:30am-ongoing; beginners may be considered for this class after discussion with me.Some prior tai chi knowledge is preferred.
Thursdays – (Term 1, 2019 begins Thursday 7th Feb)
9:15am-10:15am-beginners and existing players who are prepared to start again at the beginning.No prior tai chi knowledge is expected.
Banksia Grove Community Centre
14 Grasstree Bend, Banksia Grove
Fridays 11am-12pm – (Term 1, 2019 begins Friday 8th Feb) –beginners and existing players who are prepared to start again at the beginning. No prior tai chi knowledge is expected.
Jenolan Way Community Centre
16 Jenolan Way, Merriwa
Fridays 2pm-3pm – (Term 1, 2019 begins Friday 8th Feb) –beginners and existing players who are prepared to start again at the beginning. No prior tai chi knowledge is expected.
If you’re new to my classes please download an enrolment form here to save time on the first day. I will have plenty of forms with me for anyone who can’t (or forgets to) download or print.
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