Qld – Winter Newsletter 2016




Our “Exercise like an Adult” for healthy aging workshops with special guest Master Joel Timmons in Brisbane and the Gold Coast were great learning experiences. All participants came away with new methods to make their body and mind stronger, calmer and more flexible. We learned how to improve our fitness level and reduce stress, and explored some real life self-defence skills.

It’s winter a good time to energise with exercises like the Lohan Qigong. Check the seasonal exercise blog on our Livingchi site Read the blog (click here)

New beginners classes are starting soon for Term 3, along with our regular classes for all levels. Most classes commence in the week of July 11th. The latest schedule re out. Also, please check the schedule for our Active Parks and GOLD sessions for their dates. Most $5 classes continue every week. As always, please check the website for latest news and term dates, along with info for upcoming special events and photos of past events.

Our Queensland ‘Adventures to Ancient China’ Academy tour will be from April 1st to April 15th 2017. Join us on this exceptional tour, with the convenience of a Brisbane departure! We have an AMAZING itinerary – full of scenery, history, adventure, food, friends and Tai Chi. Some highlights will be:- Tai Chi on the Great Wall, Peking Duck banquet, beautiful waterfalls, the ancient capital Nanjing, visiting the pandas etc etc. Click here for details

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – our Annual event was held in various locations around Queensland on April 30th. We had special events in Brisbane at New Farm Park, the Gold Coast at Burleigh, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Cairns and Toowoomba. This was a part of the world-wide series of free sessions in over 80 nations. Many people came together to play Tai Chi, to breathe together in a relay of calmness, providing a healing vision for our world.

Our Annual Seminar with Grandmaster Khor & Master Rod will be at the Holy Spirit Hall at New Farm on the weekend of August 19th to 21st, and a morning workshop at the Gold Coast on Monday 22nd. Mark this weekend in your calendars, and be sure to take advantage of the early-bird booking discount price, and attend a very inspiring weekend of learning and experiencing the wonderful arts of the Academy. Also if you have a chance to travel to Sydney on September 2nd to 4th, the New South Wales Seminar will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Academy. Program and Booking Details

The “Train the Trainer” workshop in Charleville was a big hit, with 30 participants, mostly in the Allied Health field. They came from all parts of South West Queensland, from Morven to Mungindi, Roma to St George….. and Charleville! The two day course was a refresher for quite a few of the people, who wanted to brush up their skills after attending previous courses, and an exciting introduction to the world of benefits from using Applied Tai Chi for the newcomers.

The Academy was invited to participate in the inaugural ‘International Tai Chi Wellbeing Festival’ organised by the ‘Tourism Confucius Institute’ of the Griffith University Gold Coast. Guests included the Chinese Consul General, Chinese Tai Chi medallists, a calligraphy & martial arts expert doctor, and various other Chinese community members. The Academy’s Lotus and Master Rod’s Fan demonstrations were much praised for the high level of internal skills displayed. Once again, the Academy is held in high esteem for the obvious mindful practice we cultivate through all of our forms. Thanks to the instructors and students who participated in the performance.

Master Rod will be presenting the ‘Five Animal Frolics’ at the QPAC ‘Out of the Box’ Festival for children aged under 8 years. If you want more info on this, there is a series of video clips on Facebook to watch. You can also watch them on the Academy’s Youtube channel (click here) – Alena (Bundaberg instructor) is starting them much earlier:- “I have had a few expectant mothers attending classes over the years and their babies were the calmest I have ever seen. ‘Chi’ really is contagious..what a wonderful energy it is!”

Phillip Pointin has opened new classes on the Sunshine Coast if you know anyone there let them know there are now day and evening classes. Class details click here

To fly off, a bird needs to step off from a firm place to lend force. – Master Yang sensed that as the bird tried to step onto his hand, he withdrew his force to give it no ground. Tai chi is very much about the ability to sense and control the force at its roots. A story passed down from the late 1800’s.

Rare Footage Old Masters: Watch here– Probably 1984 … these Masters were also at the Tian Jin 1986 International Competition. More rare footage of many of the most influential Tai Chi masters of this generation including footage Watch here

For other information, regularly check the website Living Chi Website and the Academy’s Facebook page Facebook Learn Tai Chi .

Wow, it’s forty years since I joined the Academy and started my Tai Chi journey with Grandmaster Gary Khor. After doing Tai Chi, teaching here and there and a Tai Chi Growth Centre project he decided to open an Academy that would take Tai Chi and the Traditional approach to health into the future and … here we are. Don’t miss our 40th Annual Seminar, each year they get better!


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


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