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Saturday, April 25th, 2015 



Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day supporters,


Folks, we just have to say we love you all. Angie and I are so proud of what we, you and us, have created together. What a beautiful world it becomes when we are sharing Tai Chi and Qigong's calming and peaceful nature throughout the world. This newsletter will AMAZE YOU, and leave you so proud of what we are doing together ... a global Tai Chi and Qigong family.


World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD videos and links have exploded across Youtube and Google in numbers that will
BLOW YOUR MIND.   Read on at article titled:
"Tai Chi & Qigong are permeating popular culture."



JUST IN:  An Amazing WTCQD development in Pakistan. Mrs.Falak Arshad of Sialkot, Pakistan has organized a huge Tai Chi and Qigong Camp, which they have called World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Camp, teaching local children the arts of Tai Chi and Qigong. See below photos.




We were so moved that we responded to Falak with this:



Dear Falak,


Your photos are BEAUTIFUL. What a powerful
event you created. WOW!


Are you teaching all these children Tai Chi
and Qigong? That is beautiful. And the fact
that you did it in honor of World Tai Chi &
Qigong Day is just so incredibly moving to
us here at


When we see the beautiful faces of the
children we are so blessed to have touched
through our organizing efforts of these 17
years ... it is moving beyond words.


Falak, thank you for your work. Your work
in Pakistan is an example to the world of
Tai Chi and Qigong around the globe.


Yours in Qi,


Bill and Angela Wong-Douglas,
Co-Founders of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day



Pakistan participated in WTCQD for the first time in 2014. A school teacher, Mrs. Falak Arshad in Sialkot, Pakistan is the General Secretary for DMAA, and her students will participate in the global wave of Qi, this year on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.




UK's Daily Mail reports that the Duchess of Cornwall was all smiles as she watched a Tai Chi demonstration at a cancer support center in Newcastle this week.  The Daily Mail reported, "After watching the t'ai chi demonstration, Camilla, 67, who was glamorous in a cream suit, toured the centre chatting to patients." This follows on the heels of last year's report by the UK Mail, "1st Lady Michelle Obama Tries Her Hand at Tai Chi." (click link for Youtube video)


Also in. We just got this exciting message from Italian World Tai Chi Day & Qigong Day organizer Nello Mauro, who also organizes WTCQD events in Belgium and Luxembourg. This year's 2015 WTCQD event, they will hold it at the UNESCO Heritage Centre on Mt. Etne, on the east coast of Sicily on the Mediterranean.

(See top of newsletter image.)


This is very exciting and fitting for a WTCQD event, because UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization whose goal is promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture. Sounds like WTCQD, doesn't it? We educate the public about the science of Tai Chi and Qigong which were gifts to the world from Chinese culture, and now are connecting people in over 80 nations each year via our annual World Tai Chi & Qigong Day celebrations.


This isn't the first time WTCQD events have been held at momentous institutions. The Oslo, Norway World Tai Chi & Qigong Day organizers held an event at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, and Carolyn Perkins of Manhattan, New York, pulled off the mammoth task of holding a WTCQD event at the United Nations Building.

Nobel Peace Center WTCQD Event

United Nations WTCQD Event








We've been getting alot of calls and emails asking, "I'm organizing a WTCQD event in my city for the first time. What format do you follow at your WTCQD events?"  We offer a short article in this E-zine edition that answers that question. See article further down.







"Our Tai Chi programs continue to grow
and our numbers of Tai Chi Schools continue
to grow at a phenomenal rate and I feel your
efforts are fueling this growth worldwide
and we are all in awe of what the
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has done."

-- Dave Pickens, Austin, Texas
National Chairman Chinese Martial Arts Division
United States Amateur Athletic Union



"Your organizing of this global event
has been very helpful in gaining media
attention for the benefits of Qi Gong &
Tai Chi and in creating awareness of
our school and classes.

-- Howard Fraracci - Qi Gong teacher
Toronto, Ontario, Canada



"By linking my site to's comprehensive  and easy to use listing of health
research, I help prospective 
students with health
concerns learn that Tai Chi will be both 
safe and
beneficial for them. Rather than reinventing the
I just link to this health benefits page on
World Tai Chi Day's 
website, and provide this
service without all the work. Thank you."

-- Master Teacher Vincent J. Lasorso, Jr.
White Willow School of Tai Chi, Cincinnati, Ohio 



"I set up a tai chi website for [UK national] health
service staff (NHS) where
I add information including [medical research info]
you send through your 


-- Mark Peters, Kai Ming Association for Taijiquan,
United Kingdom




The T-Shirts look GREAT!!!!

Thank you (and your helpers) for preparing the order and many thanks to you and Bill for all you do.

Best wishes,

-- Susan, Tai Chi for Health Institute
Sarasota, Florida









Folks, this will blow your mind. In the last decade Tai Chi and Qigong have soaked into every facet of society, and permeated global culture and the internet with Tai Chi and Qigong (see lower article on "Tai Chi & Qigong in Media & Popular Culture). The numbers are staggering. See below on Youtube and Google search numbers for "World Tai Chi Day." It will stun you. AND WHAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND EVEN MORE ... IS THAT "WE," You and HAVE DONE IT TOGETHER!  It was US who did it together!



"Alone we can do so little
... together ... so much."
-- Helen Keller 




There are over 36,000 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day videos on, and that is just the beginning, because if you search World Tai Chi Day in other languages, for example in Spanish as "dia mundial del tai chi," you see nearly 7,000 MORE search results in youtube, and in German's translation, "welt tai chi dag" you find over 10,000 matching your World Tai Chi Day search.

WTCQD is celebrated in 80 nations, so when you search most of the languages in the world with translations of "World Tai Chi Day," the number of WTCQD related videos amounts to vastly more than just the English search on Youtube, which is a stunning number all by itself.


Also, Google search for "World Tai Chi Day" provides MILLIONS of links! And again, World Tai Chi Day could be spelled in many languages. A Google search of the Spanish translation of World Tai Chi Day results in over 200,000 links provided on Google. 

Year after year, Tai Chi and Qigong enthusiasts, teachers, and groups worldwide have worked together to expand awareness of Tai Chi and Qigong benefits to health and society, using our free resources at


We have educated millions, and permeated world culture with this knowledge. AMAZING what we've done together




WTCQD has permeated global culture and the internet, educating millions worldwide about Tai Chi and Qigong benefits and bringing the far corners of the planet together each year ... to breathe together, and provide an example for our world.


One World ... One Breath



Did you know that government bodies worldwide have officially acknowledged Tai Chi & Qigong's health and social benefits for their citizens when they proclaimed WTCQD for their state, city or nation? See below video on govt. bodies worldwide proclaiming WTCQD.


Government Bodies Worldwide Officially Recognize World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Government Bodies Worldwide Officially Recognize World Tai Chi & Qigong Day provides FREE Resources to help you get Official Govt. Proclamations for your local WTCQD event. Click here to learn more. You can then use that proclamation to get even more media for your event. We provide FREE Organizing Kits, and Media Kits for you to take advantage of as well.


Thank you one and all for joining us in this vision of a calmer, clearer, and more healthy and happy world.


One World ... One Breath.


Bill Douglas & Angela Wong Douglas
Founders of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 


Volunteers in KC Inspect Official WTCQD T-Shirts!

See video of past years' KC WTCQD volunteers at a World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Official T-Shirt folding party. THANK YOU KC volunteers for your efforts each year that result in groups worldwide wearing "One World ... One Breath" WTCQD T-Shirts. [Note: the video below is of a past year's WTCQD t-shirt folding party. 2015's Official T-Shirts are black with teal-blue logo and text.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Volunteers Do Their Part for This Global Health-Healing Event
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Volunteers Do Their Part
for This Global Health-Healing Event




Your Tai Chi or Qigong group or event can save BIG on GROUP ORDERS.

Click below to view or order Official WTCQD T-Shirts:





"Tai Chi to Save Your Life"
Medical Tai Chi

By learning very simple techniques, one can gain access to self-healing. Many modern studies show how Tai Chi and Qi Gong can improve mobility and ease pain in the body, enhance the immune system by increasing ATP, oxygen capacity, and white blood cell counts, and initiate the release of serotonin and other neuro-endocrine regulating chemicals in the body, thus eliminating depression, anxiety, and other negative emotional states ...
--- ClassAct Media, January 2015

What Format Do World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Events Follow? I'm organizing my 1st event.

QUESTION: I'm holding an outdoor event, what if it rains?

ANSWER: Here in Kansas City we just take our chances :-)  


We've done it in the rain. Might tell people to bring parkas just in case.  We had a UK group do Tai Chi one year while holding umbrellas in one hand :-)


World Tai Chi Day event in

Omsk, Russia


QUESTION: What format do World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events follow?  Are they all the same?


ANSWER: Generally groups will have a speaker or speakers talk about the world coming together.  Some read the Opening Statement we offer in several languages to open their events.

You can find our WTCQD "Opening Statement" in several languages, by clicking here (then scroll down). Also, below are videos of the Opening Statement being read at WTCQD events in several nations, multi-languages.


After that it varies from city to city, but in KC we ask all the present instructors to lead the entire group in short qigong exercises. We then teach everyone a short form that we created for hospitals, that is only about 7 movements, and have everyone attending, including school's of other styles, participate at 10 am with the world wave.




Then, we invite all attending teachers and their students to do exhibitions of their long forms while others watch.

The below video offers ideas of how you might describe World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's worldwide wave of events, and allow you to see what an event might look like, and it also has the "Opening Statement" mentioned above.


Hope that helps.


Bill Douglas, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Founder

WTCQD Opening Statement is read at events worldwide!

World Taiji Day 2014
World Taiji Day 2014
Brunswick Maine event reads Opening Statement 

World Tai Chi Day 2014 in Macedonia with Opening statement
World Tai Chi Day 2014
in Macedonia with Opening statement

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2014, Liverpool UK
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2014, Liverpool UK
Home of the BEATLES reads "Opening Statement"


We want to thank the following Tai Chi and Qigong groups who have supported our WTCQD organizing via their group orders of Official T-Shirts.  A BIG shout out to BEAUTIFUL FLORIDA for being the #1 place in the world supporting our efforts via the t-shirts.

Would YOU or YOUR GROUP like to support our work?
You can via our Official WTCQD 2015 T-Shirts.
SAVE BIG on group orders. 

We couldn't do what we do without you!


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Maharashta (India)
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Knoxville, Tennessee (USA)
Chittiwa Bay, NSW (Australia)
Kettering, Ohio (USA)
Arvada, Colorado (USA)
Safron Waldon, Essex (United Kingdom)
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Calumet, Michigan (USA)
Sandusky, Ohio (USA)

Who is Sporting Official WTCQD T-Shirts?

T-Shirt Montage

Macedonia's World Tai Chi & Qigong Day!
Sporting Official WTCQD T-Shirts :-)
World Tai Chi Day 2014 in Macedonia - 32 Taijijian
World Tai Chi Day 2014
in Macedonia - 32 Taijijian

St Augustine, Florida WTCQD Event!
Sporting WTCQD Official T-Shirts :-)
World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day in Saint Augustine, Florida
World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day in Saint Augustine, Florida

Auburn, Alabama's WTCQD Event!
Sporting WTCQD Official T-Shirts :-)
World Tai Chi Day 2013 Auburn Alabama
World Tai Chi Day 2013 Auburn Alabama

Brunswick, Maine WTCQD Event!
Sporting Official WTCQD T-Shirts :-)
World Taiji Day 2014
World Taiji Day 2014


The world comes together on the "last Saturday of April" each year.


World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Tai Chi & Qigong in the Media
& Popular Culture!

Italian Media on WTCQD


This week Tai Chi and Qigong were in the news!  Medical Daily reports, Mind-Body Exercises Prevent Loss Of Balance And Falls, Rivaling Physical Fitness. NPR (National Public Radio [USA])'s report, "Fight Parkinson's: Exercise May Be The Best Therapy," cites Tai Chi as one of the Parkinson's benefiting therapies. Which jives with the recent New England Journal of Medicine report on Tai Chi as an effective Parkinson's therapy, according to the latest research.

Can Tai Chi & Qigong Help the World Change?!

BMW Has a Newfangled Idea
BMW Has a Newfangled Idea


BMW just released an electric car, built with wind energy. Our technology is changing faster than our consciousness can.

Stanford University research shows that the entire world can run on solar, wind, and hydro-electric energy, a complete green energy economy that the report shows will actually create new jobs and boost the global economy ... not to mention, dramatically reduce green house gasses.

The technology is there to change. What remains is the need for our minds to un-grip from old ways, and open to a new green economy, which would be great for our grandchildren and their world they will inherit from us.

The loosening meditations of Tai Chi and Qigong not only can loosen our physical body, but our minds and hearts. to enable us to be more comfortable with change, and to flow into it in a healthy way, rather than gripping onto the old out of habit.

This could be a powerful tool for the modern human being to have in these changing times.


Tai Chi & Qigong Teacher SAFETY Tip!

Many Tai Chi and Qigong teachers are finding that their student base are largely people who have read about the Medical Benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong.


Many of these new students are dealing with the health challenges that Tai Chi and Qigong research are proving they can help with. So, this has an impact on how we teach. If Tai Chi and Qigong teachers had a Hippocratic Oath, it too would begin with "DO NO HARM.".

This new generation of Tai Chi and Qigong seekers may have physical issues that may limit their ability to do Tai Chi and Qigong the way other students do, so we encourage teachers to be conscious of that.

What we tell our students at all our classes, but constantly in our hospital classes, is: "Tai Chi and Qigong should NEVER HURT!" And if it does, to talk to the teacher so we can help them adjust and modify their movements.

For teachers teaching primarily combat and athletic Tai Chi or Qigong, who may not really be interested in a more remedial form of  Tai Chi and Qigong may consider referring them to another teacher that does.

We want to obey our primary duty to DO NO HARM.

If you are unfamiliar with the emerging research on Tai Chi and Qigong, as a teacher, you may want to learn more. has created a free public service used by teachers, governments, and health professionals worldwide.

Medical Research Library

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Learn how to list your group, school, event at! We have connected over one-million of our readers to contact info for local teachers via our global Tai Chi and Qigong School Directory!  See above links at

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Government Bodies Worldwide Officially Recognize World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Government Bodies Worldwide Officially Recognize World Tai Chi & Qigong Day also gives a "how-to" tutorial to groups to help you get Official Proclamations of your local World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event from local, regional, and national government bodies and officials.

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See 's menu for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's Gallery of VIDEOs and PHOTOs of past WTCQD events around the world.

Beautiful, amazing, and moving.  

FREE Official WTCQD Organizing Kits are used by groups worldwide to organize successful World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events in over 80 nations. In the below video the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day organizers in New York City pull together massive crowds each year, and often gain major media coverage.

World Tai Chi Day in New York City
World Tai Chi Day in New York City

Click for FREE Organizing Kits from that you can use for your local event.


Official WTCQD Banners and Flyers are used by groups worldwide to augment their videos, to show the public why they are gathered and to give media a context shot of their event. In the below video the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day organizers in Singapore use their banner in their WTCQD event video. [See frame 4:27]

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Singapore 27th April 3. By TaiChi SJY LLP  website:
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Singapore.
By TaiChi SJY LLP website:

Click for FREE Banner or Flyer artwork from that you can use for your local event.




WTCQD has spent the last 20 years collecting medical research on Tai Chi and Qigong to help local enthusiasts and teachers to educate the public about the profound medical research showing how Tai Chi and Qigong can help with a host of health challenges.

See below San Antonio, Texas WTCQD organizer sharing some of the medical research info we provide w/ her local media and community.

Mejo Okon on World Tai Chi Day
Mejo Okon on World Tai Chi Day - San Antonio Television News

Click to view and utilize the Medical Research Links from that you can use to educate your local media, public, and health institutions.


In their randomized-control-trial study, Tai Chi alone was found to increase participants' immunity to varicella as much as the vaccine typically produces in 30- to 40-year-old adults, and Tai Chi combined with the vaccine produced a significantly higher level of immunity, about a 40 percent increase, over that produced by the vaccine alone. The study further showed that the Tai Chi group's rate of increase in immunity over the course of the 25-week study was double that of the control group
-- Violet Li, Tai Chi Examiner, Angelina Jolie should start taking Tai Chi lessons, January 9, 2015

What is World Tai Chi & Qigong Day?
World Taiji Day 2014
World Taiji Day - A Global Wave

10 am local time, on the last Saturday or April each year, in over 80 countries people come together to celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.   One World ... One Breath.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
10100 Roe Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66207

A great resource for all Tai Chi and Qigong Teachers and Enthusiasts -- a Groundbreaking Book from the Founders of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day -- on How to Explain these Ancient Arts in Modern Language:



The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong helps enthusiasts and teachers explain the arts to the general public in a fun and highly effective way, no matter what style of Tai Chi or Qigong they practice or teach. See below review from a top Tai Chi champion and teacher.

CIG 4th Edition 

-- Lawrence B.E. Hogan


"This book takes the best parts of T'ai Chi and makes them understandable [to Westerners] without requiring a grounding in Chinese culture and history."
-- Sifu Yijiao Hong, USA All-Tai Chi Grand Champion and USA Team member

"Visionary! If you only buy one book on T'ai Chi, then this is the book."
Dr. Michael Steward Sr., Senior Coach for Team USA

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tai Chi & QiGong is a rich gift from perhaps the most passionate Tai Chi/QiGong teachers and advocates in the world ... As a scientist and Tai Chi teacher myself, I am always looking for new ideas for translating and conveying Tai Chi concepts to my academic colleagues and students. This book is chock-filled with often humorous, yet profound ideas, metaphors and images that help make the deep art of Tai Chi accessible to all. 
-- Dr. Peter Wayne, author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi

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