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Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Supporters,


Do not forget to tune into "Qi Talks" with host Vicki Dello Joio, featuring Damaris Jarboux. "A Qigong Approach to Sub-Flubs
Western Subconscious Fixed False Beliefs & Taoist 5-Element Philosophy." (see article for more).


EXCITING NEWS! Official 2014 WTCQD T-SHIRTS are now available for PRE-order!  THIS YEAR for a LIMITED TIME ONLY you can pre-order LONG-SLEEVE T-Shirts!


Please begin polling your groups and classes to gather group-order lists. Each year teachers and tai chi and qigong groups and organizations have asked us to get t-shirts up for order earlier so they can gather orders BEFORE HOLIDAY BREAKS. We worked really hard this year to do that, so please take advantage of our work by getting orders together now, before the holidays. Click the t-shirt image or the link here to see how your group or class can save big by ordering together. Also, schools and groups can order bulk and sell retail at your WTCQD events or classes to raise money for your school, group, or WTCQD organizing expenses.


We open this newsletter's articles with a Memoriam article on Grand Master Chu, an exquisite human being who organized the World Tai Chi Day events in beautiful Bryant Park in Manhattan, New York.


We could tell you about what a shining human being Master Chu was, and how he allowed his light to shine, a brilliant sun shining in the center of the Big Apple, where he quietly altered the lives of people and changed the vibe of the entire city, by cheerfully sharing the wisdom and gifts he had acquired in his life, and then paid forward to better the world.


But, the below video will tell you this and more, better than we could, and in the article on down in the newsletter you can learn more of Grand Master Chu's journey and achievements.


World Tai Chi Day in Bryant Park
World Tai Chi Day in Bryant Park



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 In Memoriam - Grand Master C.K. Chu
Obituary: Grand Master C.K. Chu was one of the great tai chi masters of the twentieth century.
He taught thousands of people Tai Chi Chuan.
New York, New York: Grand Master C.K. Chu, one of the great Tai Chi masters of the twentieth century, died at New York Presbyterian Hospital Saturday, October 12th, 2013, after a nearly two year struggle with cancer. He was 76.
STUDIO FOUNDER. A retired teacher of high school physics at Brooklyn Tech, Master Chu is best known as the founder of the world-famous CK Chu Tai Chi ( school in Times Square that was the center of his teaching, training, and writing for 41 years. The school continues teaching his tai chi system, in accordance with his wishes. A dedicated teacher, Chu was at the school six days a week and he personally taught first-time students as well as advanced practitioners. For decades the highlight of the school's traditional Lunar New Year banquet was Chu's toast about the meaning of the new year's zodiac animal; whether rat or rooster or dragon, the moral was invariably to do more tai chi and Nei Kung in the coming year.
PUBLIC HEALTH OUTREACH. The related non-profit Tai Chi Chuan Center-also founded by Chu-has delivered more than 18,000 student hours of tai chi public health programs to senior centers and parks around New York City since its creation in 2000. The largest component, on the Fountain Terrace in Bryant Park from May through September, kicks off each year with World Tai Chi Day and typically attracts 45 students twice a week for free 7:30 AM classes.

Manhattan NY 
Master Chu organized the beautiful Manhattan, New York, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events whose iconic photos were seen by the tai chi and qigong family worldwide, inspiring people all over the world to get involved in World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.

FIGHTING ART. Although the slow, graceful movements of tai chi are widely studied and appreciated for their health-improvement value, Chu never separated health from self-defense. "Tai Chi Chuan," he would say, "is a fighting art." Chu delighted in training tai chi students who won full contact martial arts tournaments, often to the surprise of proponents of hard-style martial arts systems. At the 1981 Madison Square Garden martial arts finals, students Vincent Sobers and Richard Trybulski each won their respective middleweight and heavyweight titles by knockout. At the New York Chinese Martial Art Championship and Tri-State Kung Fu Full Contact tournament in 1996, student Hugh Marlowe also claimed the heavyweight division by knockout. Undefeated for two years in US finals in Baltimore, John Signoriello went on to fight on the United States Kuo Shu Federation Team in Singapore; in 2006 that organization named Signoriello Fighter of the Year.
AUTHOR & TRANSLATOR. Chu's first book, "Tai Chi Chuan Principles & Practice" (Sunflower Press, 1980) includes his translations from Chinese of classical Tai Chi Chuan texts including The Tai Chi Treatise and a famous Question & Answer dialogue with Chen Wei-Ming, along with Master Chu's commentary and interpretations by other famous 19th and 20th century masters. In his 2006 introduction to the third edition, Chu wrote: "Looking back...I see how the tai chi classics are more relevant today than ever. In the 1970s few people had heard of tai chi here in America. Now we have the opposite problem. It's almost as if there's too much tai chi.... The authentic meaning, once available only through a few rare sources, now threatens to be lost in a mountain of information.... For this reason I say consult these classic texts at all times." These classics were part of Chu's everyday instruction: "four ounces," he would say, "deflect 1,000 pounds." Other of his books, in addition to numerous instructional videos, include Why Tai Chi? (2011) and how-to guides The Book of Nei Kung (1986), Eternal Spring Chi Kung (2004) and Chu Meditation (2002). He was also working on two more books: one on Taoist philosophy and another how-to guide, this one on the tai chi short form. His tai chi program was incorporated into the curriculum of the first Martial Arts Studies B.A. Program at the University of Bridgeport (CT).

 Manhattan Master Chu

Master Chu leading the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events he organized in beautiful Bryant Park in Manhattan, New York. Master Chu's organizing work the iconic photos of his events inspired tai chi and qigong players worldwide.

Born in 1937 in Hong Kong, Chu was educated in martial arts and calligraphy as a child. He studied: Northern Shao Lin from Master See; Fut Ga (Buddha Fist) from Master Lee; Cheng Wing-Gung's Wu style Tai Chi; Yang style from Master Chan a student of Yang Cheng-fu and Tung Ying-jeh; and Judo from Gom Jen (Golden Well), a Japanese Master. Chu has never claimed to be a lineage bearer.
He came to New York in the 1960s for college and graduate studies. He earned a masters degree in physics from Queens College where he met and married Carol Monsees. They raised four daughters at their home in Forest Hills, Queens. Chu always said he began teaching Tai Chi to further his own training. He studied with Master William C.C. Chen and assisted teaching at his school; and he took classes at the Judo Center in the East 70's. By 1970, he was teaching Tai Chi both at Aaron Bank's Karate Academy and Hank Kraft's Judo School in Queens. Finding he had so many students he opened his own school in 1973. On typical weekdays in the 1980s he would leave a full day of teaching at Brooklyn Tech to open the Times Square studio for four hours of classes starting at 4:30 PM, to arrive home by 10PM.

Master Chu is survived by his wife, Carol, their four daughters Elizabeth, Linda, Diane, and Stephanie, and nine grandchildren. The family asks in lieu of flowers that contributions in Master Chu's honor be made to the Tai Chi Chuan Center ( A memorial was held at St. Peter's Church (54th and Lexington in Manhattan) at 3 pm on November 9th, 2013.  
Contact: Jeremy W. Hubbell, 212-221-6110,,, Twitter @ckchutaichi,

2014 World Tai Chi & Qigong Day OFFICIAL T-Shirts ... Your Chance to Support Our Global Work!

IN "LONG SLEEVES" TOO this year!

The back of the Official WTCQD T-Shirt has
"One World ... One Breath" in 34 languages.
Official T-Shirt Back - One World ... One Breath 34 Languages   
2014 T-Shirts will be purple graphics printed on light-gray 100% cotton T-Shirts.
For a limited time this year, we will offer LONG SLEEVE Official 2014 WTCQD T-Shirts, as well as short-sleeve.
We will also offer a discount to international organizers and groups this year to help defray the costs of international shipping.  Official 2014 T-Shirts

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Achievements Archive:
Harvard Commemorates World Tai Chi Day with historic lecture series on Tai Chi Medical Research!
Tai Chi for Health
Tai Chi for Health

"A reflection of how successful the invasion [of Tai Chi into global use] is World Tai Chi & Qigong Day ..."
-- The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi

Australian Women's Maximum Security Prison Now Offering Tai Chi! advocated Tai Chi & Qigong for Prison Programs for years. Our vision is now reality!
Tai Chi @ The Beach Owner and Master Tai Chi Teacher, Bev Abella,
at t
he Bandyup Maxímum Security Womens Prison, Perth, Australia


The very forward thinking Recreation manager, Steve Adams and his team, requested Tai Chi classes to become part of their activities. He hopes that offering Tai Chi to the inmates will encourage those who don't normally take part in physical activities to become more active. 

Also he hopes it will promote a calming atmosphere in an environment often fraught with stress ... and Mr. Adams chose the world acclaimed Tai Chi @ The Beach Program's master Tai Chi teacher, Bev Abella to teach for their prison program.


Judith Trethway, Tai Chi Chih teacher at Folsom Maximum Security Prison in California was a pioneer in prison Tai Chi programs, and has inspired other teachers worldwide.


After she invited Bill Douglas at to present at Folsom, it inspired several other prison Tai Chi programs, including one for the Kansas City Metro court rehabilitation program designed to rehabilitate offenders instead of incarceration.


Folsom's prison statistics showed that inmates practicing Tai Chi Chih had seen a dramatic decline in recidivism (return to prison) rates, and this is in line with other studies teaching meditation to inmates in various prisons.


Currently, is donating Tai Chi and Qigong resources to a Tai Chi program at the Allred Unit, a Maximum Security Prison in Texas, and working with Allred inmate, and Tai Chi group organizes, Willie Milton, to provide Tai Chi resources to prisons all across America. The publisher of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong has offered to donate copies of the book to prison Tai Chi program organizers to support their work.


Linda Bowers also pioneered a prison Tai Chi program for the Kansas State Penitentiary for Women in Topeka, Kansas, and certified to inmate students in that program as certified Tai Chi and Qigong teachers.


World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Achievements Archive: thru Official WTCQD T-Shirt fundraising, has done 15 years of global media work, to get Tai Chi & Qigong covered by media worldwide.
BBC Television, Associated Press Television, Agence France Press Television, and Media Worldwide cover mass WTCQD events across Latin America and the world!
BBC News - Chinese martial art in Latin America
BBC News - Chinese martial art in Latin America


World Tai Chi & Qigong Day on San Angelo, Texas Television Coverage!
Mejo Okon on World Tai Chi Day
Mejo Okon on World Tai Chi Day

Tiblilsi, Georgia (Asia)'s Television Coverage of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day!






Egyptian National Television News Covers Word Tai Chi & Qigong Day!


World Tai Chi and Chi Kung Day - Egypt News - 2011
World Tai Chi and Chi Kung Day -
Egypt News










Israel's WTCQD Event Covered by International Television News!


World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Celebrated in Israel
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Celebrated in Israel












Genetically Modified Food May Be DANGEROUS, Says Long Term Study!
With many Tai Chi and Qigong teachers now teaching through health institutions, with classes helping those dealing with chronic health challenges, diet becomes part of our training, as Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on Tai Chi, Qigong, Acupuncture, and Herbology or Diet.


A recently released long term study on Genetically Modified Foods showed shocking results that all our students should know about.



Longest-Running GMO Safety Study Finds Tumors in Rats
The researchers say their results show "severe adverse health effects, including mammary tumors and kidney and liver damage, leading to premature death" from Roundup-Ready corn and Roundup herbicide, whether they were consumed separately or together. Almost all of the ill effects manifested after 90 days. By the end of the study, 50 to 80 percent of the females had developed large tumors, compared with 30 percent developing tumors in the control group. In males, liver congestion and necrosis were 2.5 to 5.5 times higher than in the control group, and there were 1.3 to 2.3 times more instances of kidney disease. Overall, among the rats receiving GM corn and/or Roundup, up to 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group.

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A documentary "Forks Over Knives" shows how dietary changes can profoundly affect our health, focusing on a whole foods plant based diet, which we can see by the above study should also be organic and non-gmo based as well.



Forks Over Knives - Official Trailer
Forks Over Knives - Official Trailer


 Tune into Qi Talks, November 14th!
 National Qigong Association 
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm EST, free and open to the public. A public service from the National Qigong Association.
Damaris Jarboux

A Qigong Approach to Sub-Flubs
Western Subconscious Fixed False Beliefs & Taoist 5-Element Philosophy

The Subconscious, which rules 85-90% of the energy-body and mind can have belief patterns (tapes or programs) which get fixed (recreated) early in this life and integrated as truth, but are false because they don't have the complete story. They are active below the conscious level of awareness and create most of our outer reality, which can be observed in our repeated life story themes.

Sub-Flubs (subconscious mistakes or untruths) describes these false beliefs... as viewed through the lens of Taoist 5-Element Theory, the 5 great themes of humanity & nature. If one wishes to truly take responsibility for their lives, they must, in some way, name and approach their Sub-Flubs with compassion & love not from their conscious mind but through that deeply centered place (the qigong state) which reaches below the conscious level.

Damaris Jarboux 


Founder & Director of the Center Place (1986) and Co-Founder & Director of The Body-Energy Center (1989) in Boulder, CO. She has had a full-time private practice in Qigong Healing and has taught Qigong and her own Energy-Body Healing (TM) locally and internationally for 25 years to adults, parents of young children, and teens in High School settings, developing many programs for self, family care and clinical treatment along the way.

An RN for 40 years, she has also trained in Qigong, Healing Touch and Energy Medicine for over 30 years including a prolonged Asian trip and 4 extensive trainings in China.

One of the 8 Founders of the National Qigong Association (NQA) in 1996, she holds their highest certifications, a Level 4 Teacher and Advanced Clinical Therapist.

She has a clinical practice with a community of healers at The Center Place, a 2-5 year training program in Qigong (Medical Qigong) & semi-annual Holy Wisdom Retreats.   



Time to Spread the Word -
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2014!
In 2013 WTCQD events spread from 70 nations in 2012 to 80 nations in 2013.  SHARE THIS VIDEO PRESS RELEASE WIDELY ... YOU are the engine of this healing event!
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Press Release
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Press Release

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  Official World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2014 T-Shirts -- A Way to Support Our Work!
2014 will be purple image on gray t-shirts, and

We will offer long-sleeve shirts this year, too!
Click image for prices or to pre-order before 2014 deadline.
The "back" of
Official WTCQD T-Shirts reads

"One World ... One Breath"
in 34 languages.
Official T-Shirt Back - One World ... One Breath 34 Languages
In This Issue
In Memoriam - Grand Master C.K. Chu...
Official World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2014 T-Shirts -- A Way to Support Our Work!...
Australian Women's Maximum Security Prison Now Offering Tai Chi!...
Genetically Modified Food May Be DANGEROUS, Says New Long Term Study!...
Tune into NQA's Qi Talks, November 14th!...
Time to Spread the Word -... World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2014!...
Official World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2014 T-Shirts -- A Way to Support Our Work!...

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