Our Personal Stories

Coping with the lockdown in Keilor

The current lockdown has not stopped our Keilor Tai Chi Centre from getting together to practise Tai Chi and Qigong. Instructors Siew Ang and Jacquie Cannavo have been running park sessions whenever possible (before stage 4 restrictions) or Zoom classes for their students. Here is what some of them have to say about coping with…
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What to do during the lockdown

From the students… The COVID-19 pandemic took us all by surprise and our lives changed overnight. I couldn’t believe that all at once, for the first time in my life, basic food supplies and other necessities were missing from the supermarket shelves. What also struck sad cords in my heart was the cordoned off playgrounds,…
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Park lessons – from inspiration to commitment

When Rita and I first started Tai Chi in 2008, we were impressed by the various groups practicing their levels of the form at our local centre, Werribee. But it was after taking up the suggestion of attending a park lesson that we really were inspired to commit and become Tai Chi practitioners. Watching a…
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Why I practice Tai Chi and Qigong

When I am asked WHY I practise Tai Chi and Qigong, I say, it’s not only because I enjoy practising, but it also keeps me fit, steady on my feet and helps me sleep better. Tai Chi also helps me stay calm during stressful times. When I am asked HOW it helps me in stressful…
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Reflecting on my Tai Chi experience

In my forties a number of people suggested that I would benefit from and enjoy Tai Chi. At the time I thought I did not have time to add another activity to my over-busy life as a parent and full-time worker. Two decades later, prompted by my 60th birthday and a health scare, I arrived…
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From powerlifting to Tai Chi

I have only been a student of Tai Chi since the start of this year, under the guidance of Joy Muir at the Moonee Ponds branch. Joy asked if I would consider writing an article regarding my experiences so far and I feel it appropriate to offer a bit of my background to give some…
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Trekking in Nepal

“Look, that is Mt Everest” our Sherpa AD coolly pointed to a distant snow capped mountain peak amongst a couple of other similarly snow capped peaks. I, along with 11 other trekkers from Malaysia and Australia looked excitedly towards the direction where AD was pointing. It is difficult to describe how I felt at that…
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Lawn Bowls and Tai Chi go hand in hand

Late last year I missed a few of my Friday Tai Chi sessions as I was participating in Bowls Victoria Over 60 Singles State Title. To qualify for this title you first have to win your Group/Region. The state is divided into 16 Group/Regions of which there are up to 35 clubs in each. Any…
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