New Bridge China

Bridging the gap between your health & Fitness

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Renzo Tat Acupuncturist



Welcome to my blog


Welcome everyone to my blog. It started as “The Bridge” a newsletter, produced for my students and patients. I still produce “The Bridge” and send it out via email, it gives information regarding up and coming events, in the form of new classes, workshops, changes in clinic times or locations, as well as social events, where you can get together with others and have some fun! This Blog is an extension to “The Bridge” allowing for people to enter into positive discussions and share points of view. The tag line on the header to the website “Bridging the gap between your health & fitness” also comes from “The Bridge”. Be positive, proactive, take part.

By mingmengv4, Feb 29 2016 12:44PM

Chinese New Year Celebrations

with Wing Chun & Qi Gong Students.

A good meal was had by all on Saturday 13th Feb at our boundless lunch. Good Food, Good People.

Picture Below

New Qi Gong Class

Bromley Adult Education College Kentwood Centre from 13th April – 29th June

7.30 – 9.30pm

Visit their Website:

Looking for Hall’s

Those of you in Bromley will probably know that Bromley Adult Education College is going through a re-organisation. This means that the courses I run will no longer be offered by the college as of the end of June 2016. I have been looking for suitable places to run classes but have come up with lots of premises; which are full! If you know of a locations do let me know. I am open to locations within a bus ride from Penge, in case my car conks out and need to use public transport at the last minute. This has happened to me in the past and I ended up not making it to class, something I don’t really like doing.

Seasonal Allergies

This is the time of year when people should start thinking about seasonal allergies; also called “Allergic rhinitis” which affects between 10-40% of the population worldwide, and can have a substantial health and economic impact.

Seasonal Allergies can cause various symptoms, including sneezing, nasal itching, nasal blockage, and watery nasal discharge.

Other symptoms include red eyes, itchy eyes, tearing, coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, systemic symptoms such as tiredness, fever, pressure sensation in the head, and itchiness.

The aim of conventional treatments for hay fever is to minimise or eliminate symptoms, With Balance Acupuncture; a specific Balance Method is used to rebalance your whole system, strengthening your body to withstand the distinct discomfort brought about by Seasonal Allergies.

Acupuncture awareness week

7–13 March 2016

Focuses on

Muscular Skeletal Pain

(Joint & Muscle Pain)

Rebecca Adlington

Picture below

Olympic gold medal winner used traditional acupuncture to help with a shoulder injury, supports Acupuncture Awareness Week.

If you know of anyone who has muscle or joint pain, let them know of the effectiveness of Acupuncture.

Reducing inflammation, improving muscle healing and mobility

Musculoskeletal acupuncture helps muscle and tissue repair in the case of sports injuries, whiplash and tendonitis.

Acupuncture for back pain: Back pain is a common problem that affects most people at some point in their life. The pain can be triggered by bad posture, bending awkwardly, lifting incorrectly, overstretching or overuse, for example through sport or repetitive movements, leading to muscle strain which is the most common cause of non-specific back pain. Acupuncture provides pain relief and acts to release the areas where muscles are too tight and support or tone those that are weakened by disuse. The result is the muscles of the back revert to normal function and are better able to cope with our normal daily activities.

Acupuncture is recommended in the National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines as an effective treatment for chronic lower back pain.

Acupuncture for sciatica: The sciatic nerve is frequently subject to irritation in two areas: first, at the roots of nerves leaving the spine at its base, and second, in the hip area where the sciatic nerve passes through a key structural balance point. Whether the inflammation results from deep spinal structures in the lower back pinching the nerve roots, or from deep rotator muscles of the hip, squeezing the nerve itself, and symptoms can arise down the nerve pathway, from hip to foot. Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of this common disorder by releasing the structural restriction in the form of tight muscular patterns and reducing inflammation.

Acupuncture for tendonitis: Generally, tendonitis develops when the stresses on a tendon overwhelm the body’s repair mechanisms. Any activity performed frequently with poor body mechanics will place stress on some structural weak link, often a tendon. Acupuncture can help manage the pain of tendonitis and decrease inflammation of the tendon, easing movement restrictions to allow for a smoother, easier recovery.

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By mingmengv4, Jan 4 2016 06:50AM

I will be running Wing Chun Kung Fu and Zhan Zhuang Qi Gong training sessions for all who wish to do a little more exercise than they have been doing over the festive season. You can go to my website (address above) for times of classes.

Bromley Adult Education College now have two Qi Gong sessions one starting 13 Jan 2016 for 9 weeks Wed 19:30-21:30 at Kentwood & one starting 26 Jan 2016 for 6 weeks on Tue 12:30-14:30 also at Kentwood. Just go to and go to courses to book your place. Sign up now otherwise these classes will be lost!

Dr Tan, Master of Acupuncture.

It’s easy as 1, 2, 3, like the line from the song Dr Tan’s Balance Acupuncture is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Find the “sick” meridian, find its balancing meridian and treat that meridian! It has made my acupuncture treatments very, very effective and accurate.

Unfortunately Dr Tan (Photo Above) passed away over the Christmas period, leaving a big hole in the acupuncture world. I was lucky enough to attend Dr Tan’s workshops and have used his system ever since. It works well, very well and I hope to be using his methods for years to come.

Dr Tan, one of the people who improved my practice & my training.

According to Dr Tan there are only two reasons where acupuncture won’t work, the first is if there is too much physical damage, were the tissue is far too weak for recovery, the second is were after treatment the clients don’t give themselves any rest before returning to work. This is usually related to heavy or repetitive work which leads to repetitive strain injury (RSI). Apart from that acupuncture works!

Internal / External

People are usually attracted to either physical forms of exercise like boxing, jogging or squash or by what seems like passive forms of exercise, such as yoga, Qi Gong or TaiJi. External systems work on lots of physical energy being expended, with internal systems the object is to generate and store power.

One of the problems in only doing one type of exercise is that External system can make you tiered and when small injuries occur people don’t give themselves time to heal leading to possibly more serious problems later on and with Internal systems people don’t move around enough thinking that they will spontaneously get fit. Luckily in Chinese systems due to Yin (Internal) Yang (External) harmony both types of exercise are chattered for. To be rounded in Zhan Zhuang Qi Gong or Wing Chun there are meditative, more passive training methods as well as more active and interactive methods of training. If you have been attracted by one aspect of these systems, don’t discount or shy away from the other aspect of the system, both parts are needed to develop within the systems and each aspect will enhance the bit that attracted you initially. Happy training.

AND Happy new year!

By mingmengv4, Sep 1 2015 08:27AM

Bromley Adult Education College

Wednesday 7.30-9.30 pm

Dates and times: from 23 Sep 2015 to 09 Dec 2015, Wed 19:30-21:30 for 11 weeks

Location: Kentwood, Kentwood Centre, Kingsdale Road, London, SE20 7PR

Fees and concessions information: The full (undiscounted) fee for this course is £106, the concession rate is £85. Please note that concession rates are subject to proof of eligibility.

Acupuncture & Meridian Massage for Pain in your Upper Back, Neck & Shoulders

You can contact Renzo or pass on the numbers and email address above, to someone who has expressed interest in treatment; or you could forward this newsletter to people you know

A version of the bridge can also be seen in my blog on the website.

By mingmengv4, Aug 4 2015 06:00AM

The underlying course of each individual’s person’s Joint Pain will differ, understanding the individual pattern of disharmony is the keystone to treatment. To come to an appropriate diagnosis Renzo will take a full case history and will look at your tongue and take your pulse.

The pulse is felt on both wrists and compared at differing places and levels from the wrist crease. The tongue shows variations in colour, shape, size and coating; these give indications as to the internal changes going on within the body. This information is then linked to your unique situation and a treatment is formulated as a result.

As each treatment is uniquely balanced to each person the point’s prescription will vary from person to person and may change from session to session.


Wing Chun training Tuesday & Thursday 7-9 pm

Qi Gong training Wednesday 7.30-9.30 pm & Saturday 10-12 pm

You can contact Renzo or pass on the numbers and email address above, to someone who has expressed interest in treatment; or you could forward this newsletter to people you know

By mingmengv4, Jul 2 2015 06:14AM

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

This is the second question I am usually asked by people, when they find out what my profession is. The first is usually, “can acupuncture treat that?” once I mention that acupuncture could treat the health issue they are talking about.

My usual reply to the “Does acupuncture hurt?” question is; “To say you feel nothing when receiving acupuncture would be a lie, however saying that acupuncture is painful would also be untrue. There is an unmistakable sensation, which feels like a pleasant ache, or you may feel very relaxed”.

I was watching the TV the other day, the item being discussed was regarding a new NHS health procedure, it wasn’t the health issue which perked my interest; it was the fact that the procedure was a little uncomfortable.

The healthcare professional talking about the procedure mentioned that, like a number of procedures such as having a mammogram, a prostate test or a cervical smear, that the procedure was uncomfortable but that a few moments of discomfort would lead to a lifetime of benefit.

When a person gives blood the insertion of the needle may be uncomfortable, but that acceptance of a little discomfort can give benefit to others in the form of the blood as blood transfusions or its components such as red blood cells which are often used to treat types of anaemia, platelets the cells in blood that help it to clot and plasma the yellow-coloured fluid that helps to carry all the different types of blood cells around the body, can be used positively!

This made me think “reflect” on the discomfort which may be felt by patients when they receive acupuncture. The procedure may be uncomfortable, depending on where the point of insertion is; hands and feet may be a little uncomfortable, whereas backs and thighs probably won’t have any sensation on insertion. The emphasis should be on the fact that the procedure may be a little uncomfortable however this will lead to palpable benefits.

Don’t think will it hurt, think, “It will do me good”!


Wing Chun training Tuesday & Thursday 7-9 pm Qi Gong training Wednesday 7.30-9.30 pm & Saturday 10-12 pm

You can contact Renzo or pass on the numbers and email address above, to someone who has expressed interest in treatment; or you could forward this newsletter to people you know

A version of the bridge can also be seen in my blog on the website.

Can You Help! Sunday 27th September!

I want to run a promotional event on Sunday 27th September, but I don’t know what to do. Let me know what you think would make a good communal activity, where we can meet each other informally, and invite people along to see what we do.

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