Festival of Tai Chi 2015 – 21st November 2015

The date for this year’s Festival of Tai Chi is 21st November 2015 and the event will be held at the Russley School Hall from 10am – 2pm.

The doors will be open at 9:45am for registration. The entry fee is $5. Programs will be available as well as Association products and instructional DVDs

This is an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and learn more about the Tao Arts.

We have Dave Thew, David Wong, Gabrielle Euteneuer, Richard Clark, Terry Young and Tim Exton and Master Linjian Song and Audrey Tan Hayes on the programme.

There will be an address by the President of the Association: Mr Trevor Quirk.

Please lock these details into your calendars and start talking about it in your classes. If you have a group that wishes to participate in the event please let us know and we will endeavour to make this happen.

Further information will appear in the Spring Newsletter.

Please note you will need to supply your own lunch.

For further information email the Secretary, NZ National Tai Chi Chuan Association Inc


Festival of Tai Chi 2011

The Festival of Tai Chi 2011 will be held on Saturday the 12th November at the Cashmere Club, 50 Colombo Street. Registration will start at 8:45 am. There will be a $5 charge per person.

This year’s event will be condensed from 9am until 1pm. Please note there will be no break for lunch therefore people will need to organize their own lunches this year. If you leave the venue you will be able to get back in. This is to allow the program to flow better.

The program will feature a mixture of Tai Chi and Qi Gong demonstrations and the dynamics will be different from previous years. As in the past there will be opportunities for interaction and participation.

On the program this year will be Dave Thew, Principal Instructor of Phoenix Tai Chi, member of the NZ Wushu team and gold medalist at the Nationals, Oceania, Australasian and World Championships.

Terry Young is the New Zealand Instructor for the Chen Style Taijiquan Academy of Melbourne and is based in Wellington He will demonstrate aspects of Chen Style, and he will be joined by Mercedes Godinez also from Wellington. These two are always popular with the crowd.

Gabrielle Euteneur, Senior Instructor of Tao Motion, studies the Mantak Chia form of universal healing. This is her first appearance at the Festival and she will demonstrate a sword form.

Vanessa Lukes will demonstrate the aspects of Zhineng Qi Gong. This is her first appearance at the Festival.

Trevor Johnson from Timaru as well as local practitioners, Mike Penter, Principal of Red Dragon Taijiquan, Hazel Thompson, Trevor Quirk, Loo Chi Hu, and Geraldine Parkes will also contribute towards the program.

For more information please contact the Secretary, Carolyn Veitch.

The Festival of Tai Chi 2010

The Festival of Tai Chi 2010 will be held on the 27th November at the Cashmere Club, 50 Colombo Street from 9 am – 3 pm. Registration will start at 8:45am.

The dynamics will be very different for this years event as we are drawing on more local practitioners this year. There will be opportunities to interact with the forms presented and find out about local T’ai Chi Ch’uan groups.

Our star performer will be Christchurch’s Dave Thew who is currently in China for the 4th World Traditional Wushu Championships and will compete in the Oceania Wushu Tournament in Sydney after that.

Other well established Christchurch Instructors include Loo Chi Hu QSM, Dr Denis Walker as well as Practitioners on the Association.

Representing the branches of the Association from Auckland, David Wong, and from Wellington Terry Young will also demonstrate in the program.

We welcome for the first time at this Festival Peter Dawson from Greymouth and welcome back Trevor Johnston from Timaru.

For further information please contact

The Secretary
164 Condell Avenue
Christchurch 8053

The Festival of Tai Chi 2009

The Festival of Tai Chi 2009 will take place on Saturday the 21st November at the Cashmere Club.

The doors will be open at 8:45am to register and meet with other enthusiasts. There is a $5 door fee.

The program will start approximately 9:15pm with the traditional Yang long form led by Loo Chi Hu QSM who is the father of Tai Chi in Christchurch.

This year Tai Chi Instructors, Orlando Garcia Morales and Diana Lau will represent Auckland. Terry Young and Mercedes Godinez will be coming from Wellington, all who have international experience in training or competition.

The Nelson School of Tai Chi led by Cristine Clements will again travel south to be part of our program.

Local Practitioners Dave Thew, Dr Denis Walker, Sandy Jiang and Jean Whalley will also present demonstrations. There will be plenty of opportunity to participate in the forms being presented and also talk to Instructors at various times of the day.

There are plenty of places close by to buy your lunch or you can order from the in house menu at the restaurant on site.

For more information contact Mike Penter on Retnep AT xtra.co DOT nz.

The Festival of Tai Chi.

The Festival of Tai Chi is organised by the New Zealand National T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association Incorporated.

It is an annual event, the purpose of which, is to showcase all aspects of Tai Chi and Qi gong to the public and to provide opportunities for further learning and networking.

The Festival takes place on the last Saturday of November in Christchurch, and evolved with the establishment of the Association in 1988 as part of its aims to promote Tai Chi as an exercise for health and wellbeing. Over that time its name has changed also to reflect the mood of the time. It has been the Tai Chi workshops. The Tai Chi Gathering and is now the Festival of Tai Chi.

It brings together Tai Chi and Qi gong teachers and practitioners from all over New Zealand and occasionally attracts teachers from overseas. It also presents an opportunity to share knowledge and to see first hand the many different facets of these ancient Chinese art forms played out over a six hour window of time. The dynamics change each year as well as new practitoners are woven into the mix.

For further information please contact the Secretary.New Zealand National T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association Incorporated.164 Condell Avenue, Papanui, Christchurch 8053