Tai Chi Stories, Tips and Resources   ||   Issue #18 August 2019

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Dear Reader,

This month you can read about how I had my portrait drawn by an aged care resident and you may also enjoy seeing the short video clip about a photography project of mine. :)

There's an interesting video explaining some strategies for handling negative self talk to enhance sports performance. You'll also find part 4 of my series on What is Tai Chi Chuan, in which you can learn about self-defence strategies used in different styles of Tai Chi.

And, if you work in an aged care centre in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, you may like to take up an opportunity to book a chair chi session with me for your residents.

Chris Bennett
Chris Chi


A Portrait


One of the residents at an aged care centre drew this portrait of me. He’d asked me previously to pose for him after one of the Chair Chi sessions I run for the centre.

I’ve never had the time to do so as I’m usually off to my next Chair Chi session elsewhere.

I suggested he draw a portrait of me from a photo on my website – and the next time I visited, I discovered he’d done exactly that!

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365 Photos in 365 Days


This is a little self indulgent but it was good chi for me at the time. Here's a short clip of a photography project I completed.

So I could learn more about my Olympus EM5 digital camera, I took 365 black and white photos in 365 days between November 2017 to November 2018. This clip is selection of 40 of the 365 photos.


Handling Negative Self Talk


A short sports clip by Dr Goldberg from Competitive Edge about handling negative self talk to enhance sports performance that can apply to anyone in any situation.

The quality of the clip is ordinary, but he does make some very interesting points.

I can relate to and certainly agree with the points he raises, because I've coached junior basketball for several years in the past.

Now I look at coaching and playing from a Tai Chi perspective, through which I've discovered additional skills for players and coaches in relation to handling negative self talk.


Tai Chi Tip: Sink the Shoulders

To ease tension in the shoulders, slowly sink your shoulders downwards until you feel complete relaxation.. Only the shoulders move - don't alter your posture by also collapsing your body downwards.


What is Tai Chi Chuan? Part 4: Self Defence

Tai Chi Chuan is a health and self defence system. There are various styles of Tai Chi and the major styles are Yang, Wu, Chen, Sun, Wu Hao, and all the styles comprise of five sections: The Hand Form - Push Hands - Chi Kung/Nei Kung - Self Defence - Weapons (sword, sabre, spear).

In this five part series I've selected one clip from each of the sections of Tai Chi to give you an appreciation of what they look like. Selections are random and are from various styles of Tai Chi.


Dr Yang Jwing Ming: Yang style self-defense

Wu Style

Yang Style

Chen Style

Wu Hao Style

Sun Style

Previous Issues
Part One - Hands Form - May Issue
Part Two - Weapons - June Issue
Part Three - Push hands - July Issue


What's New

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Chair Chi Training Program

In recent years we've run public and onsite Chair Chi Staff Training Program workshops for aged care staff The program was offered in the format of Level One (1 Day workshop) , Level Two (I day workshop), Level Three 2 Day Workshop),

We've reviewed our Chair Chi Training Program and, in order to make it even more effective, the program has been restructured so it now has two modules. Module One (2 day workshop) covers a wide variety of Chair Chi skills including the short 1-2-3 set. Module Two is a one day workshop which includes additional advanced Chair Chi skills and segments on sleep, depression and anxiety.

Organisations have the choice of booking only Module One for their staff and then decide, if there is interest, to book Module Two. The modules must be completed in sequence

For participants who complete both modules there is also an option to become a Certified Chair Chi Trainer. There are additional requirements for this though all are completed remotely and do not involve further workshops. A Certified Chair Chi Trainer status qualifies you to train other staff plus there are additional support benefits.

Please note if you are a previous participant of either Level One and Level Two you don't have to do Module One - you can proceed to Module Two providing your organisation books an onsite Module Two workshop.

This year we are only offering onsite workshops and not public workshops due to time constraints. If you would like to book Module One for your organisation please contact me. now to organise dates for this year.

Chair Chi for Residents: Outer Eastern Suburbs

I now have a couple of openings on a Thursday and Friday to run Aged Care Chair Chi sessions for residents. So if you are interested, contact me so we can discuss a time to book a session that would suit your centre.

This offer is only available to aged care centres in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I only charge a nominal fee for residents, so travelling further would not be cost effective foe me.

I usually take bookings from centres more than 12 months ahead. So please contact me now. We can then organise one paid session in 2019 to see how it goes, before perhaps looking at bookings for 2020.

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