HE HELPS IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH
JAMES WONG, 58, MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR
James started teaching taiji and qigong to breast cancer survivors this year, giving weekly one-hour classes at the Breast Cancer Foundation. He lost someone close to the disease – his godbrother’s wife, who succumbed two years ago. “My exercises are meant to build up the women’s inner strength. I believe this will boost their blood circulation and immunity, strengthen their physique and prolong their lives. After attending my classes, the women tell me that they feel much healthier – they are more flexible and their muscles are less tense.
To be honest, when I first met the survivors, I thought they would be weak from their treatments or surgeries. But I was surprised to see how physically active they were – some were even taking part in lion dance performances!
I am open to continuing to teach them. I always tell them, even if you stop learning from me, go on practising the moves regularly so you won’t forget the steps and can remain healthy.
My job is to help them become healthier. Since they’ve already survived a big hurdle like breast cancer, why shouldn’t they continue improving their health to keep other diseases at bay?”