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Workshop -GM Eng Chor report

In September, around 25 students and instructors joined Grandmaster Eng Chor for an afternoon workshop on tai chi applications, qigong and pushing hands. As always, the session was highly informative and thoroughly enjoyable. We started the session with the tai chi levels and an explanation of the importance of practicing our tai chi with an…
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Celestial at Moonee Valley festival

Celestial Tai Chi College Senior Instructor Margie Brett once again led a program of demonstrations at the annual Moonee Valley Festival held in Queen's Park, Moonee Ponds in February. She has attended and performed at the Moonee Valley Festival for more than 18 years. "This is a very large local festival that always attracts big…
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Highlights of 2015 China Tour

Although this was not the first China cultural tour with Grand Master (GM) Eng Chor for many in the group (in fact, this was Zenaida’s 12th tour), each trip has been unique - including this one in early April to China and Taiwan. First stop was in the Fuijan Region in Xiamen China.  Our first…
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Celestial at 2014 WTQA Festival

After the success of the Celestial Tai Chi College’s group performances at the International Martial Arts Games (IMAG) held in Melbourne last year, and the College’s affiliation with Wushu, Tai Chi & Qigong Australia  (WTQA), some of our Instructors and students were inspired to enter the 16th WTQA Wushu, Taijiquan & Qigong Competition held on…
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Philosophy Lesson-Words of Wisdom

Each year, Grand Master Eng Chor Khor conducts a philosophy lesson. These are always fascinating and entertaining, and this year’s session was no exception. The lesson began with an explanation of the meaning of many Chinese characters, including TaiChi, QiQong and Wushu. There are no simple translations for these characters, hence there are often many…
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Benefits of Tai Chi

It is now 17 years since I went to Beverley Hills to “try” Tai Chi with Tony and Mario. Apparently the trial was successful, because I am still going to classes, instructing students, helping Belinda run the Beverley Hills Centre, helping Mario at Box Hill and Doncaster, and most importantly, still learning from our Masters…
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Cultural Tour Vietnam/Malaysia (2011)

Vietnam is a lush tropical country featuring a history of Imperial Dynasty’s, a French Colonial past, the recent war with the USA and the reunification of the north and south into a communist country.  The people are kind and gentle and the cuisine is delicious.  The shopping is also worthwhile. There were 10 of us…
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Ancient Philosophies – a part of Tai Chi

The Yin Yang symbol, or Taijitu, consists of black representing yin and white representing yang. It is a symbol that reflects the inescapably intertwined duality of all things in nature, a common theme in Taoism. No quality is independent of its opposite, nor so pure that it does not contain its opposite in a diminished…
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