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In Memorium: Ken Sancier 1920-2013
Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Supporters,
This week Ken Sancier passed on. Many of you already know that Ken was a legend in bringing Qigong into the world of science through his founding of the Qigong Institute (see below article).
Many authors and advocates of Tai Chi and Qigong have stood on the shoulders of the pioneering contribution Ken made in his creation of the Qigong Medical Research database.
When I wrote the first edition of my "Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong" I contacted Ken to let him know that I planned to include some medical research on Tai Chi and Qigong, inspired by his work.
This week some of the greatest minds in Qigong science, such as Ken Cohen, author of "The Way of Qigong - The Art & Science of Chinese Energy Healing," and Effie Chow, Founder of the World Congress on Qigong; and Roger Jahnke, an original co-founder of the National Qigong Association, spoke out about Ken's life and work.
Ken helped clear a trail that we are all walking
today. His background as a scientist lent credibility
to a field that, ironically, China is currently
declaring as "superstition." Thanks to Ken
Sancier and others like him, I believe that the
West is becoming the primary place for qigong training and research. And I am sure that, like
you, I will miss Ken's kindness. I will certainly
never forget the lecture he hosted for me, so
many years ago at the Qigong Institute and
some delightful conversations over dim-sum in
San Francisco Chinatown. I send condolences
to his loved ones. When his ashes return to the
ocean, it will truly be a "dewdrop slipping into
the shining sea," a soul returning to its source.
Ken came from hard science to us, an agency looked upon as boat-rocking and out-of the box in the 1970's.
I am happy for the wonderful privilege of memories that I have of our days of many dinners and lunches and beginning Qigong meetings in establishing The Qigong Institute within East West Academy of Healing Arts and then helping it become an independent entity.
Ken and I have shared remarkable history together in early days of Holistic Health and CAM development including the jailings of acupuncturists, Miriam Lee and George Long, etc., homeopath Dana Ullman, and holistic practitioner Christopher Hill, etc! The remarkable Grandmaster Zhou Tin-Jue remembered being hosted by Ken and me with EWAHA when he first got off the boat in the USA from China in the 70's. The memory of that warm welcome has kept Grandmaster Zhou a friend of EWAHA and The World Congress, thus chosing to be with us again this year! Ken was with us when we lobbied for Acupuncture legislation in mid 1970's. Ken was with EWAHA when we held the very first World Congress on Qigong in 1990 partnering with Dr. Mason Shen. Ken, a white haired and bearded Caucasian scientist fighting for the cause of Chinese medicine was a rare remarkable sight and happening!
Now he has left us the legacy of The Qigong Institute so important in soliciting the acceptance of the scientific community for this new (at that time!) and essential practice of Qigong. Ken and all of us have gained great grounds for its' acceptance, yet there is so much more to be done! I thank you, Tom for carrying the torch now for this historical agency and continuing its' masterful influence on society for a better world.
In memory of Ken.
In healing meditation and loving Qi,
I was fortunate to know Ken very well. His contribution has been an incredible bridge. Thank you for carrying on his great work.
The QI web presence has been such an anchor for the activities, potential and possibilities of the Qi cultivation community.
A warm hello to friends of Dr Sancier on this list. You too are great contributors and bridge builders.
It appears the dream of Ken Sancier is fulfilling!
May the many be empowered!
Sincerely, wishing you all well. Thanks Tom for bring us all together to remember Ken in a small virtual gathering!
Dr Jahnke - Roger
Angela and I would like to say thank you to Ken Sancier for a life well lived. You have touched millions with the waves of motion your work set in place to ripple out for many years to come.
Yours in Qi,
Bill Douglas & Angela Wong Douglas, Founders of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
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The Qigong Institute
The Qigong Institute is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the scientific understanding of the basis of Qigong through research and education. Since 1984 it has been a clearinghouse for related news and scientific facts to aid researchers, writers, Qigong practitioners and teachers, members of the Western medical community, and the members of the general public who are interested in learning more about Qigong and Tai Chi. It's goals are
- Promoting Qigong via education, research, & clinical studies
- Improving healthcare by integrating Qigong and Western medicine
- Making information on Qigong available to medical practitioners, scientists, the public, and policy makers
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TEACHING / LEARNING TIPS for Tai Chi & QG Teachers & Students of the Arts!
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Tai Chi & Qigong Medical Research Library!
Are you aware of Worldtaichiday.org's globally popular Tai Chi Medical Research Library? A collection of medical research article links from popular health and media publications, showing how Tai Chi and Qigong can help with nearly 100 common health challenges.
Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi Publisher's Project to Partner w/ Tai Chi & QG Teachers Worldwide!
For those who have doubting doctors, get them a copy of the newly released "Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi." In Kansas City, we just did a fundraiser in our Tai Chi classes and raised $400 to buy copies of the new Harvard Guide to Tai Chi for all the departments and centers in the Kansas University Hospital and Kansas University Medical Center, so they'll all be educated about the mounting research showing why they should be referring their patients to Tai Chi.
We are starting the below international project to encourage other teachers working in health systems to follow our prototype program, using the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi as an educational tool within their health systems. You can Join Our Free Email Mailing List at www.worldtaichiday.org to stay abreast of this program, and we'll send out an email contact at the publisher of the Harvard Tai Chi Guide, who will give teachers 50% off of retail for bulk orders to use for educational projects like these. See below.
FOR TAI CHI & QIGONG TEACHERS WHO TEACH IN A HEALTH NETWORK OR HOSPITAL SETTING:
WorldTaiChiDay.org spoke to the publisher of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, and they said that any group ordering a minimum of a $200 order of Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi can get copies for 50% off list price, plus shipping costs, because they believe this project is good for society.
You or your department can get these books at a bulk discount, and then distribute them to various departments in the health network or hospital, so physicians know how their patients can benefit from your classes, and refer their patients to them.
|Tai Chi at Turning Point's Center for Hope & Healing, The University of Kansas Hospital|
The above video is testimonials from Tai Chi & Qigong students in the Kansas University Hospital and Kansas University Medical Center's Tai Chi & Qigong program.
We encourage teachers worldwide to create testimonial videos like this, to share with local health networks and physicians, as well as with the general public.
In coming months WorldTaiChiDay.org, will create a webpage where we will post videos of testimonials from student's of teachers worldwide, to enable people to come out and share their Tai Chi and Qigong benefits with others.
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