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Hong Kong's Polytechnic University has done some profound medical research proving tai chi's powerful benefits, including a study that showed tai chi actually delays aspects of aging by preserving cognitive function in tai chi practitioners. HK Polytechnic University Professor William Tsang has been at the heart of this research. See below article and video interview with William Tsang.
Hong Kong's Master Dr. Luk and Sifu Olive Hui honored WTCQD Founders with Qigong and Tai Chi lessons while they were in Hong Kong to meet with the U.S. Consulate General's Office in Hong Kong. Below is a short video of WTCQD Founders Bill and Angela Wong Douglas's unique opportunity to attend one of Sifu Olive Hui's classes. Olive has been a tireless advocate of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Hong Kong.
|Hong Kong Tai Chi Master, Olive Hui, Allows World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Founders to Attend Her Class|
Sifu Bob Klein wrote a very succinctly insightful description of the "rooting" concept referred to in both tai chi and qigong. His description of this fundamental tai chi and qigong concept was so eloquent, we decided to share it with the tai chi and qigong family worldwide, as all teacher's biggest struggle is to describe things we feel in terms the average person can comprehend. In a way, tai chi and qigong teacher's are "poets," trying to tell in words what we feel in our hearth, mind, and body. See below article.
St. Louis tai chi teacher, Master Violet Li, has also been a powerful media voice for tai chi and qigong, writing articles for the Tai Chi Examiner publication. Violet appeared on National Public Radio this week, and gave some articulate insights into tai chi and qigong including how to "feel your qi," to educate their mass audience.. See article below.
Qigong Meditation may add a powerful component to any Tai Chi program. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi includes Qigong Meditation as an integral component to Tai Chi, and a great deal of the research reviewed throughout the book involved Tai Chi combining Qigong Meditation practices as part of the Tai Chi regimen. See below article.
U.S. Consulate General Office in Hong Kong Aids World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Efforts w/Formal Introductions!
|U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong Aids World Tai Chi & Qigong Day w Formal Intros to HK Govt.|
WTCQD Founders were granted an audience with the US Consulate, and met with the US Consulate Cultural Affairs Officer stationed in Hong Kong to investigate ways the US Consulate could help our efforts to expand tai chi and qigong usage in Hong Kong, and elsewhere for world health and to expand goodwill international relations. The Consulate Cultural Affairs Officer was VERY supportive of our vision and global health education efforts, and made official introductions on our behalf, to help us make inroads with Hong Kong Government agencies, and to expand WTCQD efforts in Macau. More below!
WTCQD co-founders, Bill Douglas, and Angela Wong Douglas in Hong Kong's Central District, just after their meeting with the U.S. Consulate's Cultural Affairs Officer.
MEDICAL RESEARCH: Hong Kong Polytechnic University Research Shows Tai Chi Slows Aspects of Aging! VERY EXCITING!
Hong Kong Polytechnic Professor and researcher, William Tsang, explained to World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Founders, some amazing research they've done that has caught global attention among university researchers, and for good reason.
Polytechnic University's groundbreaking study on tai chi was published by Elsevier, part of the Reed Elsevier group based in Amsterdam, which publishes medical and scientific literature, and their publishing includes journals such as The Lancet and Cell, books such as Gray's Anatomy, the ScienceDirect, etc.
This study's article by Elsevier was entitled, Effects of Aging and Tai Chi on Finger-Pointing Toward Stationary and Moving Visual Targets.
The study's conclusion was the eye-hand coordination in finger-pointing, which declines with age normally, was defied in older participants who practiced tai chi, showing that their accuracy was similar to that of the young control group participants.
This is a very important finding!
This article is the first of a series of articles on Hong Kong Polytechnic, and William Tsang's important tai chi medical research which will appear in coming World Tai Chi & Qigong Day newsletters. Please share this widely.
Below is a video interview World Tai Chi & Qigong Day founders recently did with Professor Tsang at HK Polytech in Hong Kong. You'll find William's detailed description of this study at about 13:03 in this video, although the entire video is fascinating.
|World Tai Chi Day Founders Tour Hong Kong Polytechnic Universitys Tai Chi Research|
Incorporating Qigong Meditation into Your Tai Chi Training Program!
If your Tai Chi program doesn't include some form of Sitting Qigong Meditation practice, don't feel left out, many Tai Chi programs don't cover that. Tai Chi is such a huge art/science that we can't all know everything about it, as individual teachers.
However, the newly released Harvard Medical School Guide includes Sitting Qigong Meditation as an integral part of Tai Chi practice for a good reason, it shows results in medical research studies.
If you practice or teach Tai Chi and don't include Qigong Sitting Meditation yet, don't fret, you can start playing with it now, and it will become a wonderful part of your overall training program that will help your students combat the most deadly adversary they will ever face ... daily stress. Stress causes up to 85% of the illness sending people to their doctors.
The loosening of the limbs that Tai Chi promotes is only enhanced by deep Sitting Qigong Meditation. Many programs practice a Sitting Qigong method before beginning the Moving Qigong Warm Ups, and Tai Chi training, to get the "mind inside the body," and to get the energy field that is our body to begin to "open up and loosen up" at deep levels even before get moving in a class.
There are many wonderful programs you can incorporate into your practice for Sitting Qigong. Here's a 20 minute video practice of Sitting Qigong Meditation we've offered as a free public service at www.WorldTaiChiDay.org
. Give it a try, you'll feel great afterwards.
|Stress Relief Relaxation Calming Sitting Qigong Meditation|
Tai Chi Teacher and Columnist, Violet Li, Enables NPR Host to "Feel" His Qi!
|Paul Pepper: Violet Li, Qigong and Tai Chi|
In this interview, Violet Li, actually gets NPR Radio host, Paul Pepper to "feel his qi." See above video of her interview. In the interview she talks of Dr. Effie Chow's DVD programs to help people "feel their qi."
If you are interested in trying Dr. Chow's programs, you can support World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's global education efforts by getting your copies through our Official Sponsor's store.
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Another, program that enables users to "feel their qi," is one WorldTaiChiDay.org has offered as a public service. See the below video.
|Stress Relief Relaxation Calming Sitting Qigong Meditation|
The CD and DVD this program is excerpted from is also available via our Official Sponsor:
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What is "Rooting" in Tai Chi & Qigong?
Sifu Bob Klein, wrote the below succinctly insightful description of what "rooting" is.
On one level, root means allowing each muscle and joint to sink a little so that the muscles are not "held". As you practice your form, for example, each part of the body relaxes on the outbreath, creating a compression into the legs and ground. Then on the inbreath this compression is released through the body so each body part is lifted from below.
But on another level sinking means connecting. You connect to the earth and since everything else on the earth is connected to the earth you are connected to everything else.
When you practice push hands you release each part of your body towards the inside of your partner's body so that you are, in effect, inside their body. Your mechanics can then work from inside their body. When you push you begin the push from inside of them rather than pushing from your body to their body.
The ability to release into the earth or into your partner or anything else, requires "Yin attention", which is letting the attention go. The classical example is that Yang attention is like grabbing a bird. You have it but you can't see it because it is within your hand. Even if you did see it, you would just see a bird frozen in fear and would not know its natural behavior. Yin attention is like letting the bird go. You can see it and see how it behaves, but cannot control where it goes. So you try to have as much Yin attention as possible and just enough Yang to be creative and perform your task.
Beginning students think that root means you push yourself into the ground from above. Rather, you release your holding (whether physical or attention) and allow the release of the holding. Then you are already connected.
-- Bob Klein
Tai Chi Quote of the Week!
Tai Chi Quote of the Week:
"No pain, no gain? Just because it rhymes
doesn't mean it makes sense!"
-- Tai Chi Master, Robert Morningstar, quoted
from the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi
The above quote is in relation to the 70% rule,
Tai Chi's moderation in effort rule, where you
never extend beyond 70% of your full capacity to
stretch. Your range of motion expands gently over
time, rather than being wrenched or forced. This
gentle approach to fitness is at the core of Tai Chi
and Qigong's profound benefit as perhaps the
world's most effective health practice.
BRILLIANT HARVARD VIDEOS ON TAI CHI - Harvard Medical School Launched Tai Chi Lecture Series to celebrate WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY 2013!
WTCQD organizers can partner on
spreading this video series worldwide!
Harvard Video: Tai Chi for Parkinson's
|Tai Chi Master 3 H|
A special presentation in recognition of World Tai Chi & Quigong Day
|Tai Chi for Health|
On, April 11, 2013 researchers from across Harvard Medical School came together to share the cutting edge research that is happening relating to Tai Chi. This special edition of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine's Research Seminar Series was held in honor of World Tai Chi day, which is on April 27, 2013.
Click here to watch the video of the lectures from Helene Langevin, MD, Peter Wayne, PhD, and Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH.
Tai Chi and Parkinson's Disease: Video
Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi
Dr. Peter Wayne, Research Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine has just published theHarvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi.
Preview the Table of Contents and Foreword written by Dr. Ted Kaptchuk, world-renowned author, researcher, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
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One World ... One Breath,
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Founders of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
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