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See below Friends of Nancy Fundraiser, and how that connects with the origins of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.
Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day supporters,
PLEASE READ IMPORTANT WTCQD EVENT SAFETY TIP BELOW.
But first ... years ago, Angie and I had the honor of being part of a National Council on Aging panel of teachers and masters from around the US, brought together by Roger Jahnke and the NCA to create a tai chi efficacy guide for aging professionals to aid in their creation of tai chi classes in senior centers and programs across the country. Those teachers who've been invited to start tai chi and qigong classes in senior centers over the last years may be enjoying the fruits of our work so long ago. Thank you Roger.
All the teachers on this panel were each challenged to come up with one "essential benefit of Tai Chi" to list in the guide. I'll never forget how one of the Chinese teachers on the panel, stunned everyone by stating a deep truth about the internal arts, when he said, "The sense of community one gets in a group is a powerful part of Tai Chi." We all feel that group Qi in our classes.
As WTCQD 2013 comes nearer, we feel an anticipation of this building global wave to be begun in 38 days by our friends in the earliest time zone of New Zealand, that will be passed on by friends in 70 nations, through all our cities ... that feeling of connection ... is a feeling all of humanity yearns for.
We will be, together, an example for the world.
One world ... one breath.
Bill Douglas & Angela Wong Douglas, founders of World Tai Chi & QG Day
WTCQD EVENT SAFETY TIP:
As World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2013 rapidly approaches, an important reminder. WTCQD events are open to the public. Because many attendees come because of medical and health research they've read, there may be attendees of many various health conditions.
FOR THE PARTICIPATORY PART OF OUR EVENTS, let's keep the movements very simple, very easy, very gentle, soothing, and relaxing. Of course advanced groups can do their entire forms or demonstrations, but for the new people wanting to be part of the worldwide wave ... be SURE to keep the group participatory part at 10 am gentle and accessible to all to be a part of. Tell newbies to be gentle with themselves and self aware, and that nothing should "hurt."
FRIENDS OF NANCY FUND DRIVE: About 20 years ago, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day founder, Bill Douglas, attended a personal growth seminar in Colorado's Rocky Mountains in which one of the presenters challenged Bill to ponder the idea or question of "What role does Tai Chi want to play in the world?" It sounded very odd at the time, but got the mind spinning.
One of the other members of this creative team that weekend, challenged Bill with this question, "Bill, have you ever thought of trying to get people to do Tai Chi, just because it's fun to do?"
These two questions started wheels turning that evolved into the idea that sparked the global health education event the world now knows as World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. Part of that network of creative minds was Nancy Nelson. Nancy is in severe crisis with cancer. Friends of Nancy are doing a fundraiser to help her through her journey. Bill & Angela Wong-Douglas have donated to this cause, and invite you to do so as well to acknowledge this Colorado collective's contribution to the formation of our global event.
Nancy and the Colorado crew worked in Hawaii after planting the WTCQD seeds at that event in Colorado. Below is a short video preview of a coming documentary "At the End of the Day" filmed in Hawaii, which opens with WTCQD Founder, Bill Douglas, on a telephone interview with BBC World Radio in Ecuador on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day of that year. This documentary is being produced by another Friend of Nancy.
|End Of The Day Documentary Clip in Honor of Nancy Nelson - Friends of Nancy|
See below, an article in memorium to one of our earliest educational institution World Tai Chi & Qigong Day organizers, Professor Russ Smiley.
Also, the National Qigong Association www.NQA.org
is ramping up for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2013, by educating their members in their newsletter about our Media & Organizing Kits, etc. See below article.
And a Medical Science article entitled:
"Tai Chi & Qigong as Nano-Technology?"
Our recently updated WorldTaiChiDay.org Ezine Magazine Newsletter Archive enables you to look up old editions, medical research, etc., or translate newsletters into 40 languages. See article.
FOLKS, WE NEED YOUR HELP.
Angie and I are sitting on a big pile of Official T-Shirts that have not been ordered yet.
We just happened to see this message on a tai chi page on Facebook:
"Last year all the WTCQD t-shirts
were sold out at the April event.
Can you purchase them beforehand?"
YES, YOU CAN! There are so many out there celebrating WTCQD who want official t-shirts, which are what supports our work while providing people with a beautiful and meaningful piece of history they can wear, BUT THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE TO GET THEM.
Dear Angela & WorldTaiChiDay.org,
I think this is the 7th shirt I've ordered since 2005. After class, my wife and I will trade our school shirt for a World Tai Chi Day shirt as we go about our day.
The shirts are a great conversation starter and we get to share the good news about Tai Chi and Qigong with people we meet.
I like the idea of wearing the [Official WTCQD] t-shirts on one Saturday every month ... I have been attending World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events since 2000 ( as an attendee to watch my Teacher, Tseng "Tom" Wang, in Nashville, until 2008, then as a host in Murfreesboro where I've taught for the past 5 years.)
How can we ever thank Bill enough for this wonderful idea. It was truly a gift to us all! And thank you, Angela, for all you do. You guys are amazing!
My students were asking me about the shirts last night.
Once again, Thank you for all your hard work.
Yours in Taijiquan,
Bret, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
FOR GROUPS AND ORGANIZERS: We provide deep bulk order discounts so local groups could use them as local fundraisers for their schools or group, while still supporting our efforts too.
"One World ... One Breath"
TAI CHI - A HIGH SCIENCE OF NANO-TECHNOLOGY?
Did you know that research shows Tai Chi can improve your DNA
, which is the very foundation of immune function, and longevity of life and health.
|How Stress Affects Our Telomeres (Chromosome / DNA)|
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "nanotechnology" as: the science of manipulating materials on an atomic or molecular scale.
The daily stress we all collect is the
of "static" in the energy body that is the template of our physical being. Tai Chi & Qigong in study after study prove themselves to be a profoundly effective stress relief technology. Research shows that this positively alters our DNA, improving our cell replication process, dramatically enhancing immune function.
These thousands of years old Internal Arts are increasingly proving themselves to be a high science we are only beginning to understand.
When we sit in Qigong meditation, or move in Moving Qigong, and Tai Chi forms we are at the cutting edge of a new science of mind-body integration. We don't have to mentalize it, we only need to relax and flow, again and again releasing our tight grip on our bodies, our hearts and our minds.
As practitioners and teachers of these high sciences who, through World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's global health education event, share these arts and sciences with others, we contribute our verse to the progression of humanity in a profound way that we are only beginning to understand in a scientific way.
See WorldTaiChiDay.org's Medical Research Library
for research on Tai Chi and DNA improvement, and nearly 100 other health issues Tai Chi and Qigong help with!
Professor Russ Smiley
of Normandale College,
One of Our Earliest Educational Institution
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Event Organizers
Professor Smiley was a health educator with over 30 years of college teaching experience. For 20 years he has been on the health faculty at Normandale Community College where he has developed the curriculum for and currrently teaches courses on tai chi, healing qigong, and stress management. In 2006 the graduating class at Normandale selected Dr. Smiley as the "Outstanding Teacher of the Year." Dr. Smiley was introduced to Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan over 25 years ago, and began working with Dr. Lam and the Sun Style in 2000. Having taught Tai Chi for 18 years, he continues teaching both Sun and Yang Style, and healing qigong in the college and community setting.
In addition to being a MT for Tai Chi for Arthritis, Dr. Smiley has instructor certificates in: Tai Chi for Diabetes. Back Pain & Osteoporosis; First Responder; and Basic Life Support (CPR & AED).
Contributed by Sherry Jones, Senior Trainer, Tai Chi for Health Institute
"Russ, you have generated a wave of that will ripple and
shine beyond you into future generations in ways the
world will benefit from forever. Bless you Russ."
-- Bill Douglas, Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
National Qigong Association
Gears Up for
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2013!
Informing their members via their informative
NQA newsletter about our Media Kits and
Organizing Kits at WorldTaiChiDay.org
World Tai Chi Qigong Day (WTCQD)
Saturday April 27 2013
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD), April 27
Did you know that Bill Douglas, founder of WTCQD, traces its beginning to an early NQA Convention? He and his wife Angela Wong Douglas launched what is now a 15 year tradition of WTCQD worldwide. Recognized by the United Nations, WTCQD occurs in 70+ countries, 50 states of the union, and is a staple for Qi cultivation everywhere. On the last Saturday in April of each year, Qi is literally and metaphorically sent around the globe, "One World...One Breath".For more information.
The NQA heartily supports this effort. Please organize a WTCQD event of your own, or, as is the case for most of you, continue your own local events. Maximize your resources by a mutual affiliation! Both the NQA and World Tai Chi Day have lots of resources to help you maximize media attention
. Contact Lamont Thomas
for NQA resources. And here are the links for your World Tai Chi Organizing Kits and Media Kits. The World Tai Chi Day also has fantastic T-shirts. Order here.
Are You Planning on Hosting a WTCQD Event?
(Of Course you Are!)
WTCQD Event Hosting Information
For the past few years, the NQA has been compiling a list of member-hosted WTCQD EVENTS from all around the country and in Canada. We send out the completed list the week before WTCQD which is on Saturday April 27, 2013.
If you'd like to have your event listed, please submit the following information by copying it into and email and sending it to: firstname.lastname@example.org with "WTCQD 2013 EVENT LISTING"in the subject line.
DAY(S), DATE(S) & TIME (S)
CONTACT INFORMATION: PHONE & EMAIL
Submission deadline is Monday April 15, 2013!
HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL TO HOLD "TAI CHI AS HEALTH THERAPY"
LECTURES IN THE WEEK LEADING TO
WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY!
WORLDTAICHIDAY.ORG WILL PROVIDE
LINKS TO VIDEO OF THIS EVENT
Harvard Medical School to release Tai Chi Guide in conjunction with World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2013! The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi mentions World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, and footnotes link to www.WorldTaiChiDay.org.
This ground breaking book, from the heart of medical academia, may be the start of a paradigm shift toward mass usage of tai chi and qigong in modern healthcare!
Excerpt from this important book ...
A reflection of how successful the invasion [of Tai Chi worldwide] has been is World Tai Chi Day ... One of the purposes of this day is "to bring together people across racial, economic, religious, and geo-political boundaries, to join together for the purpose of health and healing, providing an example to the world." Millions of people around the world--65 nations participated in 2011-- gather one day each year to celebrate the health and healing benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong.
-- The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi
Harvard Medical School will hold Tai Chi as medical therapy lectures in days leading up to World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2013 (Sat., April 27th, 2013), to kick off the global education events held in hundreds of cities in 70 nations on WTCQD!
Exact dates/times and website to view video will be posted in coming newsletters!
WORLDTAICHIDAY.ORG EZINE MAGAZINE ARHIVES
Want to review breaking medical research or something else you read in our past newsletters?
Or want to translate one of our archived newsletters into any one of 40 languages?
"The True Person does not have an individual heart
but uses the heart of the people."
-- Lao Tzu
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
-- Lao Tzu
15th Annual WORLD CONGRESS ON QIGONG!
SAN FRANCISCO! TOKYO! CHENGDU, CHINA!
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is a Proud Sponsor of
the World Congress on Qigong!
Experience the 15th World Congress on Qigong/ TCM (15WCQ/TCM), the leading international educational event of its kind.From spectacular feats & amazing demonstrations, powerful all-day workshops to innovative keynote speakers, we invite all join in this global movement to further complementary alternative medicine! Exciting festivities of the 15thWCQTCM also include: science symposium, Traditional Chinese Tea served all weekend, Gala Awards Banquet, Spectacular performances in Qi-Healing and Martial Arts, Dinner with Entertainment, Music and Dance.
WHEN: May 17-20, 2013
WHERE: 1231 Market St. San Francisco
MORE INFO: www.eastwestqi.com > World Congress
· Competition for a creative Logo and flyer for our 15th World Congress on Qigong/TCM;
· Competition for a dedicated song composition for our World Congress
· Saturday, May 18 will be a FREE day because of annual co-sponsorship with The Asian Heritage Street Celebration, where Dr. Effie Chow is the coordinator of The Healthy Living Pavilion-Natural Medicine.
Program Schedule: http://eastwestqi.com/?page_id=3125
Present/Speak at 15thWCQTCM: http://eastwestqi.com/?page_id=3793
Exhibit/Sponsor/Advertise at 15thWCQTCM: http://eastwestqi.com/?page_id=3753
Sponsorship Opportunities: http://eastwestqi.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Sponsor-letter-Final.pdf
FREE Banner/Poster/Flyer Artwork
for Your WTCQD Event
We have created FREE BANNER Artwork for a 8 foot x 3 foot banner (you can have your
printer print it smaller if you like), so that the public will know what your event is when they
walk or drive by, and also so that the media will have an image capturing your part in a
global health & healing event.
You can also help support our work, and get a PERSONALIZED version of the banner with|
your local group/school/organization's website included on the poster.
Also, you'll find FREE 3' x 4' POSTER Artwork you can use to get posters printed for
placement in bookstores, healthfood stores, etc. etc. to let your local community know
about your coming event, and how they can connect with you and your group to get
involved. The artwork provides a space where you can type in your local
group/school/organization's contact info.
You'll also find FREE 11" x 8.5" FLYER Artwork that you can use to print flyers, also with
space to include your local group/school/organization's contact info. These flyers will
enable your students and friends and loved ones to become part of your Organizing efforts,
passing flyers out at church, temple, or mosque, healthfood stores, libraries, or leaving
them at their doctor's offices, or community organizations ... so they too can be a part of
expanding world health & healing. People like to feel empowered to be a part of something
good and larger than themselves, don't deny your students this opportunity
to feel empowered.
WorldTaiChiDay.org cannot do what we do without your support, via the
Official WTCQD T-Shirts - Please, organize your local group to pre-order
Official T-Shirts at the discounted pre-order price (bottom of email).
OFFICIAL WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY
2013 OFFICIAL T-SHIRTS
Official T-shirts include "One World ... One Breath"
in 34 LANGUAGES on the back.
PRICES INCREASE IN 2 DAYS!
THANK YOU to all the groups who've supported our year-round work by getting our beautiful and meaningful official t-shirts!
"One World ... One Breath"
in 34 languages.