NSW Open Annual day of Martial Arts.
Wushu and Tai Chi NSW
Tai Chi & Qigong on
World Tai Chi &
Taijiquan Jin Training Workshop
- Gold Coast
Qigong retreat in Bali
Tai Chi for Arthritis
with Dr Paul Lam - Workshop
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we are in the Year of the Earth Dragon in a
Water year. From the feedback I am receiving
so far, this is shaping up to be a good year
for Tai Chi. Many instructors and Tai Chi
businesses are telling me that things have
started with a good flow of energy.
Ken and LinaHe have been very busy organising
the TCAA Open Tai Chi Competition this year in
Sydney at the Sydney Uni. I would urge you to
get your entries in ASAP. Closing date is
April 10. I look forward to competition this
year and catching up with everyone. More on
the competition in the newsletter.
A reminder to all that this year will be my
last as TCAA President after some eight years.
The TCAA AGM will be held on Sunday June 10
where all positions will be vacated and
elections will take place. I would urge all
members that can to attend and ask that you to
think about nominating for the positions.
The Treasurer has spent a lot of time working
out a computer program to stream line the
processing of membership registrations and to
make that job much easier for who ever takes
on the job in the future.
Play your Tai Chi well.
Annual General Meeting 2012
University Sports & Aquatic Centre
When: Sunday 10th
Nomination forms are on the TCAA Website
Officials for TCAA Open Tai Chi Competition
As TCAA heads towards holding its next
competition on June 9, we are looking for
Judges and Officials to assist. TCAA attempts
to use fully qualified IWUF or AKWF Judges and
Officials where possible as required by AKWF
If you are qualified to Judge or Officiate,
TCAA would like to invite you to contact
Dennis Watts by email,
firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible
with you intention and in what capacity you
are able to assist.
To Judges and Officials that come from
interstate, TCAA would like to advise you that
TCAA will assist with partial reimbursement,
as usual, for travel costs. TCAA is the only
organisation to do this.
TCAA President/ Competition Coordinator
TCAA Open Tai Chi Competition 2012
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY SPORTS & AQUATIC CENTRE
Darlington Road, DARLINGTON, NSW
Saturday 9th June 2012 9:00am
Registration Forms from
TCAA Website www.taichiaustralia.com or
call Dennis Tel: 07-55451874 Mobile:
TCAA is pleased to announce that the
Presenting Partner for this Competition
is the University of Sydney Confucius
Closing Date: 10th April 2012. Please act
FREE PUSH HANDS WORKSHOP
Another FREE workshop will be held for TCAA
5th MAY 2012
1:30 - 4:30 PM
JOHN'S HALL, 64 BLAND ST, ASHFIELD, NSW
The three themes "follow", "grounding", "fa
jing" will be conducted simultaneously, with
corresponding facilitators being Roman
Czerniawsky, Ken Goh, and Todd Huang. We
could even discuss about the Push Hands
competition that will be included in the
up-and-coming TCAA Open Tai Chi Competition
on 9th June, 2012. If you would like to
share your experience as a facilitator at
the workshop, please contact Ken on 0404 462
657 for planning purposes.
We are limited by the size of the Hall to 20
participants only. Members interested and
certain of attending are requested to
reserve your places by 4th May. If the
reservations reach 20 before that, I have to
regretfully close the book :(.
Please reserve by email to
email@example.com or text to 0404 462
657, or message left at (02) 9528 3357. (If
leaving message, please say clearly "Push
Hands 5th May, <your name>, <phone number>".
Lina He, NSW Rep
& Ken Goh, Treasurer
Date: 20 - 30 June,
Resort & Spa, Bali
Qigong practitioners and beginners from
across Australia have been experiencing the
magic of Bali at the annual Qigong Retreat
since 2009. Offering inspirational
meditation and Qigong sessions combined with
luxurious spa treatments, beautiful walks in
the rice paddies, rich cultural activities
and lovely accommodation, set just outside
beautiful Ubud - the artistic and cultural
heart of Bali. This retreat gives you
time to be deeply pampered, to start or
develop your personal Qigong practice and
experience yourself being relaxed,
energised, healthy and glowing in a small
group of like-minded people.
To receive your Bali Qigong Information
package and booking form please contact:
Bookings for this fabulous opportunity to
indulge yourself in a rejuvenating qigong
retreat experience close on 3rd APRIL.
Thanks to Tai Chi Way (Dao)
I have much to thank Tai Chi: Since losing
my business last year, I felt a lot of
depression. At that point, I understood why
people may want to kill others or suicide.
The lucky thing was that I knew a little bit
of Tai Chi, which was taught to me by my mom
when I was 16. I thought Tai Chi would help
me, and it did...
year, 2011, I went to China to learn Tai
Chi. I stayed in Wu Dang Mountain for about
three months. It cost me about $350/week
plus air fare.
I found out that Tai Chi was invented by a
Daoist based on the philosophy of Yin and
Yang going back to thousands of years ago.
Wu Dang Mountain is where the secret of Tai
Chi is kept and passed on.
If Tai Chi can help me, it can help anyone.
I am thinking of Tai Chi Coaching as a
career, so I think I need to know more, not
just the forms, but also the philosophy
behind. I hope one day I will be so good at
Tai Chi that, I will never get sick, never
get hurt, and my Qi goes a long way ...
Thanks again to Tai Chi, to the Grand
Master, to the people who passed on the
knowledge, to the people who care...
I am planning to go again this year, from
May to July. If anyone wants to go to China
with me, please email:
If we can make a group of 10, there is a
good chance to meet the Grand Master!
James Xie, Member, QLD
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day - South
Tai Chi and Qigong Day was first celebrated on
April 10, 1999, following the United Nations
World Health Day. It is now celebrated
each year on the last Saturday in April, which
this year is 28th April.
World Tai Chi
and Qigong Day is recognized as a universal
day by the United Nations.
At 10.00 am, beginning in New Zealand,
practitioners from around the world will be
out in the parks and on the beaches enjoying
the friendship of other Tai Chi players and
the benefits tai chi offers for health and
TCAA South Australian Branch will celebrate
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in Adelaide.
Venue: Peace Park
(off Sir Edwin Smith Ave. & opposite the
Women's and Children's Hospital)
Date: Saturday, 28th April, from
We hope several of our Tai Chi schools will
be joining us for this day and encourage
members to come along with their families
and enjoy a morning of Tai Chi and
After the park session there will be a
meeting at the Immanuel Lutheran
Hall in Archer Street, North Adelaide from
11.30 am. Light refreshment will
Should it be raining please don't let it
deter you as we have organised with the
Lutheran Church to use the venue from 10.00
am onwards if weather is not kind.
For more information please
Palmer, Tel: (08) 83817969
From the Editor
It is the time of year to prepare for
celebrating the world Tai Chi and Qi Gong
day in April, and I was thinking of what can
differentiate this year's celebration of
such a special day, from all other years?
Well, the answer was simple. Since this is
the year of the Dragon, it is nice to think
of this unique creature, and what it has
contributed to the arts we are so
passionately practicing, as a way of life.
that note, I would like to share with you a
comment I quite often made in my Tai Chi
Gong classes, that it has become a cliché':
"If a modern emperor would have deported me
to a deserted island with a command that I
can practice only one movement, one
exercise, from the repertoire of all that I
have learnt from the Chinese Internal
Martial arts, I would have chosen, without
doubt the "Dragon Turns Head". A movement
that I truly believe it is nothing short of
a genius discovery of the Human mind, and it
is credited to the Qi Gong that prepares the
body for Shing Yi Chuan. I have learnt it
from my Master, Sifu Kenny Gong in New York,
during the 1980's, as a movement that
loosens up all the joints, tendons and
muscles at once, with spiral energy, and
align the various body components to work as
one, and to move as one.
Here is an article from my Book, the Key to
Qi, about the Dragon Turns Head and how you
can do it correctly and benefit from it:
This brilliant Qi Gong power-stretch will
rotate twelve joints simultaneously, as an
extension of your spiralling spine. It is an
excellent and most important Practice for
loosening up the tendons and muscles and
teaching the body to 'move as one'. When the
movement starts to ﬂow, coordinate your
breathing - exhale as you stretch, inhale as
you change sides.
This is such a therapeutic exercise. At Sifu
Gong's studio, in New York, I would usually
spend about 3 to 4 hours of training. First,
we would warm up with the legendary Dragon
Turns Head, not just to loosen up the joints
and make the body 'move as one', but also to
bring calmness and tranquillity, to relieve
stress and to silence the 'chattering' mind.
I think this profound kinetic exercise
should make it into the 'Hall Of Fame' of
Ancient Wisdom. I often say in my classes:
"If a modern Emperor commanded me to choose
only one exercise, from the repertoire I've
done over the past twenty-seven years, and
to practise only that for the rest of my
life, it would have to be Dragon Turns
* To cultivate spiral-energy and clear
blockage from energy channels
* To drain the Lymphatic system and
strengthen the immune system
* To achieve proper alignment of the spine
and adjacent bones of the upper body
* To loosen the body, warming up the joints
* To centre, balance and gather Qi,
manifesting it smoothly and harmoniously
* To twist and stretch the rib cage in
* To promote a deep relaxation and reduce
Alignment is crucial in this Practice.
During the stretch, your weight shifts
However, when lunging, never allow the bent
knee to go beyond the line of your toes.
Don't forget to pivot on your heels when you
untwist your body as you turn from
side-to-side, otherwise you will leave the
twist in your knee joints!
With feet shoulder-width apart and arms
outstretched in front of you, at
shoulder-level and palms facing up, you
pivot on your heels to rotate your shoulders
and hips to the left side.
You keep your eyes on the hand that pulls
backwards, all the time, as it folds under
your armpit and stretches behind you - as a
dragon turns its head to look at its tail.
Remember to pivot on your heels in order to
turn from side-to-side. Never let your bent
front knee lunge beyond the line of your
toes. The genius of the exercise lies in the
fact that twelve joints learn to rotate
simultaneously, whilst the spine twists. It
stretches and rotates the ligaments and
joint between the inner end of the clavicle
[collar bone] and sternum, in opposite
directions, forward and back, as well as the
shoulder blade and shoulder joint. It's
quite an extraordinary exercise which
engages every bone, every joint, tendon and
ligament in the upper body, upgrading your
kinesthetic-learning abilities of
spiral-energy and transforming your motion
into a ﬂuid ﬂow. It also drains the lymph
glands under the arms as you twist and
release on each side.
THE INNER LANDSCAPE OF DRAGON TURNS
Your Central Equilibrium will attract energy
from all extremities. Draw energy from the
earth, through your legs and from the
heavens, through the crown of your head.
Energy is also drawn in through your
perineum and from the Energy Gates in the
centres of your palms. The three energy
reservoirs - your lower Dantien between your
hips, your middle Dantien at your solar
plexus, and your upper Dantien at the crown
of your head, will be ﬁlled. Concentrate and
allow the spiralling Qi - which is ﬂ
owing through you - to melt away any stress
or anxiety, leaving you in a state of deep
relaxation and contentment.
After you have danced as a dragon and have
reached focus and clarity, write down your
dreams, translating them to a life-plan. But
keep it ﬂexible. Sharpen your imagination by
looking within, identifying with the
spiral-energy that ﬂows in your body.
Although you will not be aware of it, your
Lymphatic system is being drained,
detoxifying your body - excess water around
tissue cells, infection, potential cancer,
oxygen deﬁciency - and will help you absorb
nutrients more readily for correct Lymphatic
system functions, as you S-T-R-E-T-C-H.
Well, good luck with it and should you need
further help with it, please do not hesitate
to contact me. I can review your movement on
Skype (My Skype account is: Gadi.Levy1) and
ensure you are on the Dragon's right tracks,
Love to all,
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