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Tai Chi changes lives, one move at a time

Tai Chi changes lives, one move at a time

Tai Chi instructor Judi Lee has taught Tai Chi for the past 30 and Hawera participants Kathleen Meyer and Lynne Walker are a couple of the many who have experienced health benefits. Tai Chi started in Hawera in May as a trial. Today, many of the participants are convinced it has changed their lives. Three members of the physically and mentally challenging classes said they had noticed health benefits in the past eight months. Kathleen Meyer recently visited her doctor for her annual bone…

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New Plymouth Tai Chi class celebrates World Tai Chi Day

New Plymouth Tai Chi class celebrates World Tai Chi Day

Hundreds of years ago the hand-fans Ellie Arbuckle uses for tai chi would have had razor blades in them. Now razor blade free, the forms and movements she practices are virtually the same as they were 100 years ago. “It was originally developed by monks to defend to help them defend their temples,” she said. “It’s a martial art which can be quite lethal, but is also predominantly about peace.” Arbuckle was one of about 30 people practicing tai chi at…

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