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Mongolia China Trip 2019

Tour 1: Mongolia - Great Wall Tea Road Tour 13th April - 27th April 2019

Join Grandmaster Gary Khor on an amazing tour of China. AATC's Tour China will take you to the very heart of China, where you'll see things you've never even imagined... Travelling with AATC is an amazing, fun-filled adventure.

Explore the beautiful landscae and discover the mystical culture of Mongolia. Tour nature's wonderland! The tour itinerary is personally selected by Grandmaster Khor, visiting only worthwhile sights with particular focus on history and culture meaningful to you.

INNER MONGOLIA is fascinating for its unique natural landscape. Clear bright sky, extensive magnificent grassland, fresh air, cattle and sheep flocks present incredible photogenic scenes. Situated in Northern China, bordering Russia and Outer Mongolia. Its grassland is among the best in the world. There are fa-mous deserts like Badanjilin Desert, Tenger Desert and Resonant Sand Bay. Famous lakes such as Hulun Lake and Lake Bell. Mongols a nomadic tribe under Genghis Khan created the largest empire in the world. PINGYAO ‘ancient city’, famed for centuries-old architecture and China’s first bank. An outstanding Han Chinese city of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Pingyao is the birthplace of the Jin merchants and the earliest bank in the Ming and Qing dynasties. PLUS Great Wall * Skywalk Glass Bridge * Chen Tai Chi Village* River Cruise * UNESCO Geopark * Water city * Lama Monastry * Exquisite Cusines & Banquets.

Training with local masters, in-depth sightseeing, sumptuous Chinese health cuisine, and exquisite shopping. A truly cultural experience. Traveling with the Academy is a fun fullfilled adventure. You are never lonely or neglected. You are with CARING FRIENDS! It is like traveling with an extended family. There is always someone to share your delights and excitments.

With Grandmaster Khor leading the tour, you can truly relax, knowing that you are always in safe hands in China.

Flights, Hotels, Meals, SIghtseeing all included, Book now with a $500 to secure a spot. Send an e-mail below or contact (02) 9797 9355


Welcome our new addition of ONLINE VIDEOS! (Please make sure you refresh the web page to see changes and updates as they are made live).

This is a separate website however it is directly linked to our main new website ( The direct link is however it is easier to direct people through our website.

There are two places where you can find the link for the online video website:

1.       On the homepage, scroll down to the bottom and you will see the ipad picture and there is a “Learn More” button.

2.       On the drop-down menu, the link is highlighted in ORANGE

Each package is designed to suit people at different levels and are more specific. People can choose between a 1 month or 3 months subscription. During the time of subscription, you can watch the DVD as many times as you want until it renews. When changing packages, you’ll need to unsubscribe then purchase a new one.

DVDs are still available to purchase through our website as all merchandise is listed there with pictures.

Please read the FAQs if there are any questions including the technical issues.

For this website there is online payment which can be made.

Term 4 Newsletter 2018 - Season's Greetings, Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - Mindfulness & Happiness

Season’s Greetings

As the year winds toward a close, We wish everyone a Very Merry X’mas and a Happy New Year!

Here is a tune “Celtic Thunder - 'Christmas 1915” on You-Tube that will tug your heart string. 

Mindfulness & Happiness

The Book of Chuang Tzu is a companion to the Tao Te Ching and an indispensable guide to understanding the Tao. Tao is the fundamental order of the universe, how things naturally move. The wise & successful person is aware of this force and stays attuned to it. In Chuang Tzu’s thinking, one need not pursue happiness. Most people’s idea of happiness is acquiring things they desire, and in doing so they are in constant state of action. With their mind on the future and abstract things, they do not live in the present. People in attune-ment with the Tao does not pursue “happiness.” Their genuine happiness comes from not having the normal burden of humans, which is perpetually to swing between joy and sad-ness, glory and failure, but live in a state of Wu Wei (actionless action); that is, our actions proceed in accordance with the Tao, not in pursuit of our own proclivities and desires. Some people say “I am now content” or “I am feeling happy,” but someone in attune with the Tao has the type of contentment that has forgotten what contentment is and does not know what it is like not to be happy.

The best present you can give your loved ones and friends is

Peace, Health , Harmony

So give something special this Xmas

“ a Tai Chi Present ”

For Health & Longevity - Shibashi Beginners Course $130

Relaxation & Mindfulness - Shibashi DVD $39

Fitness & Flexibility - Lohan DVD $39

For Falls Prevention - Falls Prevention DVD $39

For Peace & Tranquility - Tai Chi Music CD $25

The Ultimate X’mas Gift - Mongolia China Tour $ 5199


“Mongolia - Great Wall -Tea Route Tour” 13th – 27th April 2019

INNER MONGOLIA : Scenic landscape, clear blue sky, magnificent horses & evergreen

grassland, PLUS Great Wall of China * Skywalk Glass Bridge * Chen Tai Chi Village*

River Cruise * Natures Wonderland * Water Village* Tibetan Monastery * Ancient

Chinese Outback Trading station-Wealth city with hundred rooms mansions

plus Massage, Banquet, Live Show, Tai Chi on Great Wall with Grandmaster Khor

Airfare, Hotels, Meals, Sightseeing all included $5199


Wushu -Tai Chi Workshop Sat 9th March 1.30 to 4.30pm

Women’s Fitness & Self Defence.

Short Pole Martial Art Exercise

Drummoyne Public School, Rawson Ave. DRUMMOYNE

Collaroy Workshop Retreat Weekend 24 & 25 August 2019

Health, Fitness & Self Defence

Stress Control - Breathing & Mindfulness Meditation

Fitness & Strength - Shaolin & Lohan training techniques

Self Defence - Tai Chi Sensing Hand & Bruce Lee’s techniques

Massage & Herbs - Healing & treatments for Aches & Pains

Australian Academy of Tai Chi Tel : 9797 9355 0417 650 962

email : Web:

“Online Videos” now available for monthly subscription. Watch it on your mobile phone or tablet.

Mongolia Grassland Water Village Great Wall of China

2019 Term Dates

Term1 28. 1. 19 - 5. 4. 19 10 Weeks

Term 2 29. 4. 19 - 5. 7. 19 10 Weeks

Term 3 22. 7. 19 - 27. 9. 19 10 Weeks

Term 4 14. 10.19 - 20.12.19 10 Weeks

Wushu -Tai Chi Workshop Sat 9th March 1.30 to 4.30pm

Women’s Fitness & Self Defence.

Short Pole Martial Art Exercise

Drummoyne Public School, Rawson Ave. DRUMMOYNE

Collaroy Workshop Retreat Weekend 24 & 25 August 2019

Health, Fitness & Self Defence

Stress Control - Breathing & Mindfulness Meditation

Fitness & Strength - Shaolin & Lohan training techniques

Self Defence - Tai Chi Sensing Hand & Bruce Lee’s techniques

Massage & Herbs - Healing & treatments for Aches & Pains

“Mongolia - Great Wall -Tea Route Tour” 13th – 27th April 2019

INNER MONGOLIA : Scenic landscape, clear blue sky, magnificent horses & evergreen

grassland, PLUS Great Wall of China * Skywalk Glass Bridge * Chen Tai Chi Village*

River Cruise * Natures Wonderland * Water Village* Tibetan Monastery * Ancient

Chinese Outback Trading station-Wealth city with hundred rooms mansions

plus Massage, Banquet, Live Show, Tai Chi on Great Wall with Grandmaster Khor

Australian Academy of Tai Chi Tel : 9797 9355 or 0417 650 962 or 0431 170 169

email : Web:

Online Videos” now available for monthly subscription. Watch it on your mobile phone or tablet.

Western Australia Term 4 Newsletter


As you all know Herald Ave Seniors Centre is closing from December 21, 2018 till February 7 2019. This is quite a long break from Tai Chi! During the break Master Monika and Sifu John would like to invite you all to Bibra Lake on Sunday mornings commencing at 8.30 am. We will need to start early as it will be rather warm later in the day.


We will play Tai Chi for an hour and then we can all trot off to breakfast and coffee afterwards! Please let me know if you would be interested in joining us!

Solidness and Emptiness

The commonest fault in a student of Tai Chi is his/her inability to discriminate between solidness and emptiness. Emptiness and solidness should not be confined to a certain part of the body or to a certain move-ment but should be prevalent in all parts and in every movement. The consequence of not discriminating sol-idness and emptiness during movements leads to “Double Weightiness” or “Single Weightiness’.

Committing either of these faults in practice leads to loss of alacrity or loss of balance. In actual com-bat, weaknesses are thus exposed everywhere and an opponent can follow through his attack with ease. That is why Master Wang Chung-yueh said, “Single weightiness upsets the balance: Double weightiness leads to clumsiness”. Both these are great faults.

What is “Double Weightiness”? Let us give an example by explaining footwork. When standing with the body weight equally distributed between both feet and with the centre of gravity between them, this is called “Double Weightiness”. In such a posture, if one wishes to advance or retreat one has to redistribute his weight so that one foot has to bear the whole body weight, before one can execute either of the above move-ments. Overwise, one cannot advance or retreat as he/she wishes.

In the interval when one is redistributing the body weight, these is a time which the opponent can well make the utmost of. That is why, “Double Weightiness leads to Clumsiness”. If one wishes to avoid the error of “Double Weightiness” the SOLID FOOT (i.e. the foot that bears the major part of the body weight) should uphold 60% of the body weight and the EMPTY FOOT 40%. The empty foot should not bear any weight at all. The described method of appropriately distributing the body weight conforms to the laws of dy-namics and conduces ease of movement as well as bodily comfort.

On the other hand, if the empty foot bears no weight at all leaving the solid foot to uphold the whole body weight, then through the error of Double Weightiness is avoided, the error or Single Weightiness is committed. Both Double Weightiness and Single Weightiness are faults and both upset the integrity and co-ordination of the body. Master Wang Chung-yueh said, “Many a devotee who have spent years in practice and who knows not how to manipulate himself and is controlled by an opponent, owes this to the fact that he is ignorant of the fault of double Weightiness. To avoid this error one should know the principles of Yin and Yang, for Yin is inseparable from Yang and Yang from Yin. To be able to co-ordinate Yang and Yin is to comprehend Chin.

The reference by Master Wang to Yin and Yang here means Empti-ness and Solidness. When it is said that Yin must embody Yang and Yang embody Yin, this merely means that emptiness must embody solidness and solidness must embody emptiness. In other words, in practice, emptiness does not mean complete non use of strength nor does solidness mean that the stance is upkept on the force of one foot.


The above explanation uses the footwork as an example and gives a rough idea of Double Weightiness. As a matter of fact, Double Weighti-ness and Single weightiness refer not only to the external form but, also toa phenomenon that can be manifested in any part of the human body. This phenomenon can only be experi-enced by one while practicing Tai Chi alone and the practitioner needs careful analysis of his experience before he could come to comprehend it. A fine way to practice is “Pushing Hands, this phenomenon exhibits itself as clearly as the shadow of a pole under the sun. In a session of Pushing Hands, whenever there is Double Weightiness or Single Weightiness one’s equilibrium would be lost and one falls without being hit.

To avoid these errors, one must not take the initiative, but make sure that every part of the body should manipulated into Solidness or Emptiness in accordance with the force of the opponent. The period of transition from must be carefully awaited so that by exercising control with the mind, one could make an in-stantaneous response, and up to the minutest inch of the body there must be no fixity of form or adherence to one’s initiative. Mast Wang said, “When the weight (of the opponent) is on the left, the left must be empty and when on the right, the right must give way”. This explains the limitless interchange of solidness and emp-tiness.

It is said that once Yang Chin-hua, son of Yang Lu-Ch’an, placed a bird on his palm to demonstrate this wonderful use of solidness and emptiness. The bird would open his wings and tried hard to fly away but in vain, because it’s feet seemed glued to Master Yang’s palm. In actual fact, when the bird pushed it’s feet downwards on the palm to make use of it to initiate flight, Mr Yang, in ‘emptiness’, lowered his palm so as to negate the push down force of the bird and , that is why, the bird could not take flight. Although this story is legendary and may not be borne out by the facts, theoretically, this anecdote is logical.

Such great proficiency in the manipulation of emptiness and solidness would be incomprehensible to the beginner. It is, therefore, best for him/her to practice the forms and to gain proficiency gradually by tread-ing the easy to difficult path.

In practice “faults” should by analyzed by self-perception and if this is not possible, the instruction of a teacher or the advice of friends should be sought. Should there be no one to help, it is then advisable to resort to asking the students around you to comment. If this practice is used “Warn” them that you will also be commenting on their Tai Chi, to help them!!!


Just the right balance - Seniors Paper Article - Senior Instructor David Ross


If you can take the first step, you may find a great new path

When Lake Haven’s David Ross speaks of Tai Chi changing his life, it is no cliché. David, age 62, now shares his passion with others, teaching up to 10 Tai Chi sessions per week in parks across the Central Coast. He’s a very different man to the one who, after a back injury at the age of 45 in 2001 and two failed spinal operations, found himself powerless to move from the couch due to chronic pain. Unable to work, go out or socialise, David freely admits having slipped into hopelessness and depression. The physical and mental pain continued day after day for three years, with the only mainstream medical answer being pain medication which put him on what he describes as “an emotional roller coaster”. When he saw an advertisement for Tai Chi in the newspaper, he thought it was worth a try.

“By the end of the first hour-long class, I was hooked,” David said. It was not an instant cure-all, but David said as the weeks passed and he started to get used to the stretch more, he also found his back-pain easing. “Without knowing it, I was building the strength in my legs and starting to build my core strength, which helps the back,” he said. Slowly he started to gain confidence, energy and re-join the world socially.

“I’ve been doing Tai Chi for over 10 years now and have graduated from a student to an instructor for the Australian Academy of Tai Chi and Qigong,” David said. “I believe everyone over the age of 50 should do Tai Chi.”

He said the low-impact exercise and slow rhythmic movements “re-awakened the body” and were “ideal for people who no longer fancy running on a treadmill or lifting weights”, as well as those recovering from injury or surgery. “It helps to relieve aches and pains, improves flexibility, stability, corrects posture and calms the mind.” For seniors, the improvement Tai Chi could provide in muscle tone, strength, bone density and particularly balance were vital.

“Balance is a very important part of your everyday life,” he said. Deteriorating balance often led to lack of confidence and reluctance to take part in run-of-the-mill activities as simple as doing the shopping, gardening, taking part in meetings, hobbies or sport, or just catching up with friends. David’s was one of the 100 inspiring Seniors stories from throughout the state to be included in Seniors’ Stories Volume 3, published to mark Seniors Week Last year.   

To inquire about a free trial class at Hamlyn Terrace, Morisett, East Gosford or Davistown, phone David on 0410 050 080

Published Article on page 6

Tai Chi Works Wonders - Instructors Margaret Dean & Joan Wright

Tai Chi Works Wonders

The gentle Eastern art of Tai Chi appeals to people of all ages and stages.

An ancient form of Chinese meditation is increasingly being used to combat a host of injuries and illnesses common to Western society. With age expectancy now approaching 80, Tai Chi is popular as it targets age-related health issues and also assists in the rehabilitation of cancer patients, stress and depression.

Margaret Dean says the increase in numbers comes down to a greater awareness in Western science of the Eastern sport and the fact that “more people now want to age gracefully”. The 69-year-old has been practising Tai Chi for 18 years and teaching for more than 16 years at the Australian Academy of Tai Chi in Wollongong. From the age of 45, Dean suffered from such severe arthritis, she could not move her hands. After five years of arthritic medication and changes to her diet she began classes in Tai Chi.

“Only at this time did the swelling start to go down. Now I can almost make a complete fist.” Fellow instructor, Joan Wright, also faced the problem of swelling and a lack of movability after several months of chemotherapy for breast cancer. The harsh treatment brought on lymphedema, an inflammation of body tissue which makes it difficult to perform basic daily activities. Wright says more than 10 years ago she was “dragged along” to the unknown Eastern art” by a friend. “After some time, I can now move my arm across my breast,” Wright says.

That’s because of this form of “soft martial arts consists of a series of slow, controlled movements which builds muscle strength while increasing blood flow and flexibility. Participants taught to focus on the flow of the exercises from one position to the next, instilling a greater awareness of the body. This builds a sense of security, providing improvement in balance, posture and general self-care.

Dean saw much benefits firsthand when a client joined her classes after suffering a minor stroke. “After two years of Tai Chi her balance was restored and her bone density increased by seven per cent,” she says. But Wright believes the appeal of Tai Chi is only because of its physical benefits, but its ability to tackle psychological illness. “After going through the cancer it was easy to become depressed, but this sort of gentle activity kept me active and positive,” Wright says.

The calm, graceful motions have proved a popular stress relief for working parents and busy mums. “Because it’s a form of meditation it teaches you to let go,” Dean says. “Clients always say the day of class is their best night’s sleep all week. Part of this relaxation works by opening up the chest through long, deep breaths, making it a common remedy for young asthma suffers. “I’ve also seen it assist in young teenagers with austism,” Dean Says. “They feel more alert and more confident because they’re learning a delicate skill.

No matter what condition clients come with, each individual works within their comfort level. “Most of all people keep coming back because they enjoy it,” Wright says.