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Saturday, April 25th, 2015 



Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day supporters,


TAI CHI in MEDICINE: Tai Chi teacher, Abraham Orwitz asked us "How many hospitals now offer Tai Chi programs as therapy, treatment, or support?" We didn't know, so we looked into it. See below article, which also offers more free resources to help you get your local hospitals to offer Tai Chi to patients.


TAI CHI as a MEDICAL MARVEL (NIH STUDY): Did you know that Tai Chi improves balance in ways that no other conventional physiotherapy program does, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study? This adds to the mountain of emerging research showing that Tai Chi and Qigong are NOT just another exercise, but a high level bio-feedback, bio-organizing, high science of mind-body health. See our free Medical Research Library.

The NIH study's essential point in their conclusion is that Tai Chi's enhancement of self-efficacy is its most powerful component. When we play Tai Chi regularly, we feel more at home in our bodies yes, but also in our mind, heart, and world. This is a powerful antidote to the disorientation most people feel in a world changing so incredibly fast these days:


NIH STUDY CONCLUSIONS: The impact of supervised
Tai Chi on fall prevention can not be explained by a
differential effect on balance, gait and fear of falling.
It appeared to be related to 
an increase of general
self-efficacy, a phenomenon which 
is not seen in the conventional physiotherapy program.


THANK YOU!  One thing we'd like to note,
is that many retailers are now selling versions of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day T-Shirts--which is an indicator of just how global this event has become.. However, the HUGE DIFFERENCE with our Official WTCQD T-Shirts, is that when you purchase our official t-shirts you are contributing to our ongoing year round work of connecting the global family that has become World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. 


Together we can spread awareness of Tai Chi & Qigong for a healthier community & world. Thanks so much for your support each year!  




One World ... One Breath



And also an AMAZING TESTIMONIAL about how YOUR PARTICIPATION in World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is changing people's lives and all those they touch, with a recent contribution from David Silver of YMAA Publications.


We are aware that this year's World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD) falls on ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand, a war memorial and contemplation day. Therefore some groups in those nations plan to hold their WTCQD events later in the day, or the day prior to, or the day following, WTCQD 2015. Like Tai Chi, WTCQD celebrations can be flexible around national holidays and holy days.



Perth, Australia's World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event.       






AN AMAZING WTCQD STORY:  Remember the extraordinary testimonial of Linda Bowers, and how attending a World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event got her started in Tai Chi and Qigong, and how it changed her life, and helped her heal personally ... but then also she eventually taught Tai Chi at a local college and in a Kansas women's penitentiary, and certified two inmates as Tai Chi and Qigong teachers, perhaps changing their lives forever, and changing the lives of all those they might touch with their teaching throughout their lives?


Well, here's another amazing story. We all know about YMAA books and DVDs on Tai Chi and Qigong, and many are familiar with an integral part of YMAA productions, Tai Chi author David Silver, who teaches Tai Chi, and edits Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming's books. Did you know that when David stumbled across the very first World Tai Chi Day event many years ago, that is what propelled him into beginning his training that has resulted in his touching the lives of people all over the world. See David's story in his own words below:

"In the 90s, I was living in Kansas City and playing drums
with a local band. One day I was on a morning walk and I
happened to stumble upon the very first World Tai Chi &
Qigong Day event.

I had been reading about qigong for a few years and knew
what Tai Chi was, but I was shocked to see this group of
Tai Chi players peacefully moving in unison on the lawn
of my local art museum! In those days, it was rare to see
Tai Chi or Qigong anywhere outside of Chinatown. 

I was so pleasantly surprised to see others interested in the
subject and felt optimistic that the arts might become
more mainstream one day. That experience influenced me
to make the internal arts a part of my life. 

Now, 17 years later I am a teacher myself and have
passed the arts on to people during thousands of classes.
My 'day job' is publishing instructional Tai Chi and
Qigong books and videos at, and these have
reached millions of people. One thing truly leads to another.
I think its so important for people to see Tai Chi and
Qigong out in public, so the seed can be planted for
others to one day experience the arts themselves."
David Silver, YMAA
David Silver is a certified YMAA Qigong teacher in Cape Cod, MA. He is the co-author of the books "Sunrise Tai Chi" and "Sunset Tai Chi", and the editor of books by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. He works as the video director at YMAA Publication Center, and has produced many instructional videos with Tai Chi and Qigong masters around the world. 





JUST IN:  In 2015 World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD) events will expand throughout MOST OF THE MAJOR CITIES IN GERMANY!



Augsburg, Germany WTCQD event.


See below photo montage of past WTCQD events throughout Germany in the past. A tribute to Germany's ongoing contribution to the worldwide wave of health and healing. Danke :-)



Bad RothenfeldeBerlin
ErfurtPourHalle (Saale)HannoverHeilbronn
JenaKirchlengernCologneKrefeldKrumbach (Schwaben)
Nauuau (Lahn)OsnabruckVillingen-SchwenningenWuppertalZurich, Switzerland


Just reported to us by Daniel Rombach of Germany, at that WTCQD events will occur
in 2015 throughout Germany, and went on to say:

The World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD) takes place in April since 1999 on the last Saturday. The idea for the Tai Chi Day had Bill Douglas, who started the first Internet campaigns. The International World Tai Chi and Qigong Day had its origin in 1998 to a Tai Chi Festival in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. The event was a great success with 200 visitors. 


From the CNN News reported this first event, which led to an influx of visitors in the following year. The World Tai Chi Day was born.


Public events this year on Saturday the 25th April 2015 held worldwide. Tai Chi and Qi Gong practitioners come together and it offers the opportunity to exchange ideas.Interested and spectators are welcome, can make first contacts and information about the form. Local events are organized by Tai Chi / Qigong clubs and schools and are competent contact person. In most cases, the possibility has to participate in introductory courses.


World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in Germany

In Germany the WTCQD arrived a long time ago and every year find many meetings in different cities. The following is a certainly incomplete listing of events in Germany. It also included events which were held in 2014 and will probably be held again this year. Please check with local schools and clubs. Some meeting did not take place in the rain.Many Tai Chi schools also carry an "open door" through.


Motto of the WTCQD: One earth - one breath




I so wish that my father was alive to see this ... Germans and Americans, Chinese and Japanese, Africans and French, Israelis and Egyptians, all coming together each year as a global Tai Chi and Qigong family ... to play together. What a beautiful world we are creating together.


This newsletter is in honor of my father, Bill, and of all our fathers all around the world. We are creating the world of their dreams ... a world of calm and peace.


One World ... One Breath. 




Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For your part in making this global phenomenon happen year after year. It has been such an honor creating this together with you all around the world.


World First World Tai Chi Day  Flash Mob 2011 Sorrento Quay Perth Australia
John Lennon's "Imagine" plays at the World's Very First
World Tai Chi Day Flash Mob in beautiful Perth Australia


Nobel Peace Center WTCQD Event

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Event at Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway           

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





United Nations WTCQD Event
 World Tai Chi & Qigong Day at the United Nations, New York          



One World ... One Breath.  





Your Tai Chi or Qigong group or event can save BIG on GROUP ORDERS of Official World Tai Chi & Qigong Day T-Shirts.

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





How Many Hospitals Offer Tai Chi Programs?


Tai Chi instructor, Abraham Orwitz, recently inquired as to what major hospitals are now promoting Tai Chi as a therapy or support program. So we did a search, so we could list just a tiny sliver of the hospital Tai Chi programs we found, in order to help other Tai Chi and Qigong enthusiasts and teachers get inspiration to expand into your local healthcare systems. These links may also show your local hospital contacts that "everyone is doing it now."


Also, here's an article link you can share from "Nursing News -- How nurses and their patients can benefit from Tai Chi."


We offer many tips to help you get started on contacting your local hospitals to get a Tai Chi and Qigong program started there, just one of our free resources at Visit:


Tai Chi & Qigong as Modern Healthcare - a step-by-step instruction into
How to Expand Tai Chi and Qigong into Mainstream Healthcare.


How Tai Chi can help with chronic health issues
PBS Affiliate, KCPT TV
How Tai Chi can help with chronic health issues


Brigham Hospital posted a World Tai Chi Day announcement, and embedded Harvard Medical School researchers lecture series observing World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.



Norwalk Hospital posted a World Tai Chi Day announcement


University of Kansas Hospital Tai Chi Meditation Program


New York Hospital, Queens


Hartford Hospital



National Institute's of Health


University of California at Irvine



Rex Hospital



Citizens Medical Center






Do a "hospital Tai Chi search" on Google, and find over a million link listings on this topic, an example of how profoundly World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has helped to spread Tai Chi and Qigong throughout society at all levels, providing a free Medical Research Library, and many resources to help enthusiasts and groups share knowledge of just how profound these arts are in their communities and our world.


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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.

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Chittiwa Bay, NSW (Australia)
Kettering, Ohio (USA)
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Athens, Georgia (USA)
Calumet, Michigan (USA)
Sandusky, Ohio (USA)

Who is Sporting Official WTCQD T-Shirts?

T-Shirt Montage

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

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Proclaimed by Government's Worldwide ...

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.

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.


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

* Available in ebook or paperback. See above links.

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