Qld – Summer Newsletter 2016/17

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Christmas Greetings and best wishes for the Holiday season to all our instructors, students and friends! We hope that 2017 brings you many happy, relaxing and healthy times.

Once again, the year has rushed past us in a blur. We are reminded that in the fast pace of today’s lifestyle, we can’t afford to be complacent about our health and our activity levels.

It is up to each of us to care for our own well-being, and to ensure we look after our mind and body – to stay fit and well to enjoy our leisure time. >> Click here to get class schedules

Grandmaster Khor and myself (Master Rod) both made presentations at the recent 7th Biennial Australia and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference in Melbourne. Inactivity is the 2nd leading cause of death globally *WHO (see previous blog) Being active is one of the best things that you can do for yourself with Tai Chi still retaining the position as the best exercise you can do help maintain your balance and stability. It was good hear all the research data and to see the graphics and vision of ‘stride’, ‘gait’ and ‘foot strike’ analysis. But to us it was quite clear that adhering to the basic Tai Chi principles of weight transfer, stepping (in, forward, side back and across) while retaining an upright posture would prevent and remedy many problems. Ankle mobility, and mental calmness and mindfulness are also highly recommended. >> Read Grandmaster Khor’s blog article Bruce Lee Falls Click here and >> Click here to for more about our Applied Tai Chi

I will be conducting Tai Chi Qigong sessions daily at 8.30am on the Village Green the heart and lungs of the Woodford Folk Festival, from Dec 27 to Jan 1. This year the sessions are at 8.30-9.30am making it possible for day visitors (8am entry) to get in. We hope to see some of you at these sessions. Also presenting a talk in the Blue Lotus on 31st at 10.15am “Why Tai Chi is Good for You” >> Click here for more info

Unfortunately we have had to put off the Alexandra Headlands Retreat for this year. The idea at the moment is to run it every second year to alternate with China tours from Brisbane.

With much excitement, we are looking forward to our Queensland group’s China Tour April 2017. It will be an experience not to be missed. We are looking for another four to six travellers to join us on this tour departing Brisbane on Saturday April 1, 2017. If you are interested, please contact the AATC Head Office in Sydney 02 9797 9355 ASAP to secure your place. >> Check out the itinerary click here

We are looking for interested students for Instructor Training to become instructors or assistants. Even if you can’t commit to running regular classes, we hope to train some more instructors who can assist in classes and/or to fill in at the park classes when necessary. Talk to your instructor or ring me direct 0400 335 645 >> Click here for details of the March Trainers Course

January Summer Short Course featuring Qigong for Life Nourishment, including the Five Animals and Taoyin Set Exercises during the term break – this will be 6.30-830pm on Tuesdays January 10th & 17th at Holy Spirit Hall, New Farm. >> Details and booking form click here

Constant multitasking, overbooking and then blacking out with sleep creates a life of catch-up and anxiety. Tai Chi manages to slow time down to its natural pace. It allows the mind to rest calmly in the present moment, while the body flows with gentle exercise for every part.

The most important thing in our lives is good health. We give our cars regular services, but forget about ourselves. You can have many cars, but you only have one body! Look after it well. To maintain such a gift, Tai Chi & Qigong is the answer. For those who have already experienced the wonderful feeling of Tai Chi, we hope to see you again soon. To those who have yet to experience that feeling, now is the time to take action and join a class near you.

Good Health – Longlife – Prosperity – Luck
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Best Regards
Good Wishes


Rod Ferguson
Tai Chi Master & National Chief Instructor
Australian Academy of Tai Chi & Qigong

January 28th will see the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster.

“The Year of the Rooster will be a powerful one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. This year, impressions count. You’ll want to look your best and be clear on your intentions concerning love, money, and business. Stick to practical and well-proven paths to ensure success, rather than risky ventures.”

Rooster people: born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017

The rooster is the dawn announcer waking people up on time in the morning. Since the ancient times, it has been thought to have the ability of divining the future. Also in Greek mythology, it is said that the rooster can feel what will happen in the future. So, it is regarded as the god’s ambassador. People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented, Roosters are very confident about themselves. Those born in the year of the rooster have the ability to discern what is coming. They like to think more and have a good plan when dealing with things. Also, they usually use ways others could never have imagined to solve problems.

People born in a year of the Rooster are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports such as hiking and swimming. Roosters don’t get sick very often because they tend to fight illness well. Even when they do become ill, they feel better quickly. Roosters are a little sensitive, and they feel stressed and moody at times.

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Tai Chi and Qigong has been known to cause increased energy levels, health and happiness.

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