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WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY 2015
Saturday, April 25th, 2015 

   

 

 

Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day supporters,

 

UPDATE: ALL Official T-Shirt orders made before March 3, HAVE BEEN SHIPPED :-)))))    So, if you don't get your t-shirts in a week or so, email us by replying to this newsletter.   THANK YOU!!!!!    Prices increase soon, get HUGE group discounts!

Mumbai, India, WTCQD organizer, Carlton Hill, sports his Official
 2015 World Tai Chi & Qigong Day T-Shirt!
THANKS for supporting our work, CARLTON!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU for Being a Healing Part of History:

Exactly what are we doing by working together to create World Tai Chi & Qigong Day each year?  Yes, we are creating a vision of global connection and cooperation that is profoundly moving ...

 

BUT, ON A PERSONAL LEVEL ... we are educating millions about Tai Chi and Qigong ... and we hear story after story about how seeing or attending a World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event got people started on their Tai Chi and Qigong journey ...

 

UNTIL, AS A TEACHER, YOU HAVE LOOKED INTO SOMEONE'S EYES ... someone who no longer needs drugs that hurt their immune system, or someone who no longer has to stick a needle in their belly every morning to balance their blood sugars ... you cannot know how overwhelmingly beautiful that experience is ... that you played a part in helping that human being fundamentally alter their life in a way that has liberated them in profound ways ... 

 

The following Medical Research news will expand on this.

 

AND, when you participate in WTCQD each year, you contribute to this happening all over the planet. YOU are a healing force in this world ... and not by suffering for others, but by PLAYING WITH THE WORLD.

 

     World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Hong Kong Organizer, Dr. Luk          

 

 

Top World Martial Arts Expert Turns Her Energy to the Most Profound Aspect of Tai Chi and Qigong ... HEALING!
 

Aside from her accomplishments in the medical profession, Dr. Luk has been well respected in the martial artscommunity. She studied Seven Star Praying Mantis and other martial arts from the most renowned Praying Mantis Grandmaster Chen Zhen Yi at age 6. By 9, she had a demonstration at a major martial art exhibition in Macau. In college, she co-founded a collegiate Chinese martial art club and taught Praying Mantis and Tai Chi. After she established her private practice and gave birth to her daughter, with her husband's support, she re-emerged in the martial arts arena and took gold medals in the Hong Kong Traditional Wushu Open in 1990. In 1991, she participated in the first International Shaolin and Wushu Festival in Zhengzhou, China and won first places in a Tai Chi bare hand form and a Tai Chi weapon form. She continued to compete at the Hong Kong Elite Chinese Martial Art Tournament and won gold medals in three consecutive years in her early 40's. She has since retired from competition, but has concentrated on teaching and coached a few medalists. She has served as a head judge for international tournaments. She founded a Wushu coach association in Hong Kong and published a Wushu journal.

 

During the peak of her competition career, Luk's interest of martial arts started to migrate from techniques and skills to how martial arts influences human body. She started to concentrate on the nurturing aspect of martial arts. She began to teach Qigong as well as research it. She authored articles on martial arts and health. Qigong is an internal nourishing exercise.
 

Dr. Luk said that a practitioner has to go deep inside his own body to find balance and harmony.

 

Read entire article ...

 

 

 

One World ... One Breath

 

 

 

BREAKING MEDICAL NEWS: EXCITING new study on Tai Chi for Arthritis should be seen by EVERYONE who has ANY TYPE of arthritis. See article further down in newsletter for details and links.

 

As we know, arthritis drug treatments may focus on reducing immune function with the goal of reducing or stopping chronic inflammation, to lessen or eliminate joint damage. A 2013 study showed that Mindfulness meditative exercises could reduce inflammation.

 

Tai Chi and Qigong can be taught as mindfulness meditative exercises, and in fact, Sitting Qigong can be a powerful addition to Tai Chi and Qigong movement practices, further expanding the non-inflammatory rate of practitioners.

 

Many teachers have seen great results in students dealing with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, including Sifu Paul Lam of Sydney, Australia who has helped expand Tai Chi use into arthritis care health institutions. 

 

In our Kansas City classes one student, named Mary, began Tai Chi Meditation classes many years ago with braces on her arms, and in her words "I would have ended up in a care facility, because I was losing my ability to move, had I not walked into this Tai Chi Meditation class."

 

Today, Mary no longer wears arm braces, and moves better than most people her age, and one would never suspect she has arthritis--as she has since taught Tai Chi through various programs including the University of Kansas Hospital Tai Chi Meditation Program. And other students with various chronic pain conditions have reduced or eliminated needs for pain meds--as reflected by emerging medical research.

 

One benefit of Tai Chi and Qigong combined with Mindfulness Meditation, Sitting Qigong or other meditations, is that it relieves chronic stress, and when stress is lessened, muscle tension is lessened, resulting in less pressure on knees and joints.  When muscles are tight, they are shorter, and they squeeze joints together more tightly.
 

So these new research reports, cited in the article on Tai Chi and Arthritis below, show that Tai Chi (modified for RA patients) can provide weight-bearing exercise for people with arthritis (with no joint inflammation), and when taught as mindfulness meditative exercises can reduce inflammation.

 

If you or a loved one has arthritis and begins a Tai Chi - Qigong - Mindfulness Meditative class BE SURE TO TELL YOUR DOCTOR, and share the medical research we provide you in the below article and at WorldTaiChiDay.org's free Medical Research Library, because you may find less need for medications. Don't self prescribe, engage your doctor in this process.

 

We often post articles on "Food as Medicine" in our WorldTaiChiDay.org Newsletters, as food/herbology is one of the 3 pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine. So, food and diet can help reduce inflammation as well, according to The Arthritis Foundation.

 

Less drugs could mean a stronger immune system, since RA drugs often lessen immune function to lessen inflammation.  We want to maximize natural solutions like Tai Chi, Qigong, and Meditation ... so that we can minimize side-effects of drug therapies.  We may still need drugs, but if we can lessen the need for them in natural ways, all the better. Always make changes in consultation with your physician--BUT, also engage in educating your physician about Tai Chi and Qigong.  Find links and details on this exciting research in article further down in newsletter.

 

Have a friend or loved one with Arthritis? 
Be kind to them. Forward them our World Tai Chi Day Newsletters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXCITING NEWS on the 2015
Official T-Shirt Photo Contest Update:

THANKS to legendary Sifu Bob Klein for donating 3 each of 10 of his wonderful DVD and book programs ($212 value each), to bring the 3 2015 Official WTCQD T-Shirt Photo Contest Prize Packages up to $585 each. 

Bob Klein
Legendary Sifu, Bob Klein


3 T-Shirt Photo Contest Prize Packages now up to $585 

in value will be given to top 3 photo sets.
See article on Official T-Shirt 2015 Photo Contest below for details and how to participate.

 

 

 

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World Tai Chi Day in Porto, Portugal
BEAUTIFUL WTCQD EVENT VIDEO!

One World ... One Breath
- 100s of cities, over 80 nations

 


 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  All Official T-Shirt orders made before "March 3rd" have been shipped and are in the mail.  We will continue working and make sure that ALL T-Shirt orders make it to you in plenty of time for WTCQD, so be patient ... we're on the job :-)

 

 

Official WTCQD T-Shirt prices increase slightly on March 15th, so order now to save. HUGE group order discounts.

 

Also, in order to get your Official T-Shirts in time for WTCQD 2015, 

DOMESTIC (USA) ORDERS - MUST BE IN BY APRIL 19TH

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS - MUST BE IN BY 3/31
(If your WTCQD event is "outside the US" you can receive a shipping discount to help defer int'l shipping costs. Click above int'l link)

 

Now, even if you order by above dates, you'll be cutting it close, so PLEASE order as soon as possible now so you can get them for sure for your WTCQD 2015 event.

 

    

 

 

Yours in Qi,

 

Bill & Angela WongDouglas, Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAFETY FIRST REMINDER:
If your local coming WTCQD 2015 event involves a "teach-in" where you show the crowd a few moves of Tai Chi or Qigong to relax and so they can be part of the world wave ... KEEP IT FUN, LIGHT AND EASY. Many come to TC and QG because of health research they are reading, and may be dealing with mobility issues. DO NOT GET NEW PEOPLE TO DO CHALLENGING TAI CHI OR QG MOVES --

KEEP IT LIGHT, EASY AND FUN FOR EVERYONE,

when you do the inclusive part of your event.

 



 

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World Tai Chi Day Tunisia, North Africa
BEAUTIFUL WTCQD EVENT VIDEO!

One World ... One Breath


 

 




















Planning a WTCQD 2015 Event?
NOW IS THE TIME TO ORGANIZE!

 



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.  YOU CAN BE A HEALING PART OF HISTORY ... but you need to get started ASAP. We can help!

If you or your Tai Chi or Qigong group hasn't begun organizing a World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2015 event, NOW IS THE TIME.  

Find tons of free resources, Organizing Kits, Media Kits, How to Get Official Proclamations, Free Banner/Poster/Flyer artwork to promote and use at your WTCQD event(s), and so much more at www.WorldTaiChiDay.org.
 

























World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Official T-Shirt PHOTO CONTEST!

 

  T-Shirt Montage


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.

Our Official WTCQD T-Shirt encapsulates this so powerfully with "One World ... One Breath" on the front, and then in 34 languages on the back.
We decided to launch a PHOTO Contest.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
1) Send us one photo, a "close up" of a person in the Official WTCQD T-Shirt doing Tai Chi or Qigong at your WTCQD event. We want to clearly see the t-shirt, either front or back, and if front see their face clearly.

2) Send us one photo of a crowd doing Tai Chi and Qigong at your WTCQD event.

PLEASE, send us only 2 photos (one close up W/ T-SHIRT, and one mass crowd shot), if everyone sends a dozen we'll spend the whole year doing nothing but looking through photos. Just send best 2.

ALSO, include your group or school's website and we'll credit your photos when we announce winners with the link and school name(s) you send us.

3) Following your WTCQD event, send your 2 BEST photos to angelaorders@aol.com with "WTCQD Photo Entries" in subj. line.


Royal Oak, Michigan (USA) wearing Official WTCQD T-Shirts      





PHOTO CONTEST PRIZE PACKAGE:
The 3 chosen winners who send in the best 2 photos, will be awarded a prize package that will include world acclaimed Tai Chi and Qigong related programs that we hope and think will keep on growing.

Currently, 
the Prize Package includes:


"TEN" NEW ADDITIONS TO PRIZE PACKAGE!
Thanks to legendary Sifu Bob Klein's, creator of the extensive library of profound books and DVDs on Tai Chi and Qigong; and to Dr. Keith Jeffery, creator of the popular "Easy Tai Chi" Program; and to Dr. Peter Wayne, author of "The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi."

THANK YOU BOB KLEIN!
Bob Klein

Sifu Bob Klein  -  $19.95

1 - "Primordial Chi-Gung," by Sifu Bob Klein  -  $24.95

1 - "Tai-Chi Tiger Form," by Sifu Bob Klein  -   $25.95

1 - "Push Hands - The Heart of Tai-Chi Training," by Sifu Bob Klein   -  $24.95

1 - "The Best of: American Tai-Chi," by Sifus: Bob Klein, Jou, Tsung Hwa; Yang, Jwing Ming; Jiang, Jianye; Pat Rice; Jay Dunbar; John Painter; Jean Goulet and many more ...  $25.95

1 - "More Chair Exercises for Seniors" - With Tai-Chi Master Bob Klein   -  $24.95

1 - "How to Teach Tai Chi, Vol. 1," by Sifu Bob Klein    -  $24.95


1 - "Movements of Magic the Spirit of Tai-Chi-Ch'uan," by Sifu Bob Klein   -  $16.24

TOTAL VALUE OF SIFU KLEIN'S CONTRIBUTION TO PRIZE PACKAGE "3 each of $212.57"








THE ABOVE IS IN ADDITION TO THE CURRENT PRIZE PACKAGE OFFERINGS BELOW:

1 - of Dr. Keith Jeffery's "Easy Tai Chi - Ultimate Package" Package includes all our DVDs PLUS our on line training videos and manual. In depth study and learning for serious students Designed to replace weekly classes. http://www.easytaichi.com/ultimate.htm

1 - of Dr. Jeffery's "Easy Tai Chi - The Works" 4 Minute Fitness, Tai Chi for Busy People and Easy Tai Chi CORE. Our most popular advanced "step by step" DVD package. www.EasyTaiChi.com/order1.htm

1 - of Dr. Jeffery's "Easy Tai Chi - Dynamic Duo" 4 Minute Fitness and Tai Chi for Busy People. Our most popular beginners DVD package. 


Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi
1 - Copy of the famed #1 top selling Tai Chi book, "The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi." by Dr. Peter Wayne, Harvard Medical School


The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong

1 - Autographed copy of WTCQD Founders, Bill & Angela Wong-Douglas's "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong," which has been lauded by some of the world's TOP Tai Chi champions and coaches as a visionary coverage of the BEST parts of Tai Chi and Qigong.

1 - "Anthology of Tai Chi & Qigong: The Prescription for the Future" DVD from WTCQD Founder, Bill Douglas

1 - "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong" BOOK by WTCQD Founders, Bill & Angela Wong-Douglas

1 - "Anthology of Qigong" 4-track Meditation CD, from WTCQD Founder, Bill Douglas

1 - "Mulan Quan Tai Chi and Moving Qigong 
- A Feminine Art for Power and Strength
"
DVD from WTCQD Founder, Angela Wong Douglas 

1 - "Qigong for Children's Health & Relaxation" from WTCQD Founder, Bill Douglas





TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: 
$147.59 for WTCQD Founder's author's prizes
$206.87 for Keith Jeffrey's prizes
$16.95 for Peter Wayne's profound book 
$212.57 for Sifu Bob Klein's powerful programs
For a grand total Photo Contest Prize Package of
$585 each in value  
(3 prizes will be awarded)








CONTRIBUTOR BIOGRAPHIES:

Biography of Dr. Keith Jeffery:
Dr. Jeffery is a world recognized tai chi teacher, and health and wellness motivational speaker. Since 1998, his best selling DVDs and revolutionary approach have pioneered the concept of helping busy people incorporate short, powerful, effective tai chi forms into busy lives.
www.easytaichi.com/biography.htm

 



Biography of Dr. Peter Wayne:
Peter M. Wayne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Director of Research, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Division of Preventive Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Peter Wayne is an instructor in medicine and director of Tai Chi Research Programs in the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies. He is also an adjunct faculty assistant professor at the Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals, a clinical instructor in family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and a research faculty member at NESA. 

 

 

 

Biography of Bill & Angela Wong-Douglas:

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Founders, Bill & Angela, were the 2009 Inductees to the Internal Arts Hall of Fame in New York; and the recipients of the Extraordinary Service in the Field of Qigong Award (National Qigong Association); Qigong Media Excellence Award winner (World Congress on Qigong); and Leadership Award recipient from the National Tai Chi Chuan Federation.

 

Bill & Angela are the authors of a best selling tai chi book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong" (Bantam-Penguin Books, 4th edition), and teach Tai Chi and Qigong Meditation for the University of Kansas Hospital's Turning Point program finding great results with patients dealing with a host of chronic health issues, including: Heart Disease; Type 2 Diabetes; Parkinson's; MS; Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, chronic pain and other conditions. They have taught for some of the world's largest health institutions, and for major corporations.
http://smartaichi.com/

 

 







There will be 3 prize packages awarded for the above World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Official T-Shirt Photo Contest (see above for entry details)

Our hope is this prize package will continue to grow as we reach out below to Tai Chi & Qigong authors, DVD and CD producers to be a part of our Official T-Shirt Photo Contest 2015.



TAI CHI & QIGONG AUTHORS, DVD AND CD PRODUCERS, WOULD YOU LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS PRIZE PACKAGE?
Tai Chi & Qigong DVDs/CDs from Acclaimed Instructors

We'll post your web link and bio with the newsletter Prize Package announcements, which will spread the word on your valuable products and also help support our global efforts to promote Tai Chi and Qigong useage worldwide.























TAI CHI & QIGONG AS MEDICINE!
Breaking News: New Arthritis Study on Tai Chi! 
Medical Tai Chi

Tai Chi Shows Relief for Arthritis Pain, Improves Well-Being and Enhances Sleep
-- Global Health Aging, February 27, 2015
 
In the largest study to date of the Arthritis Foundation's Tai Chi program, participants showed

improvement in pain, fatigue, stiffness and sense of well-being. Older adults also improved their ability to reach while maintaining balance, said Leigh Callahan, PhD, the study's lead author and professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. "Our study shows that there are significant benefits of the Tai Chi course for individuals with all types of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis," Callahan said.

In the study, 354 participants were recruited from 20 sites in North Carolina and New Jersey and randomly assigned to two groups. The intervention group received the 8-week, twice-weekly Tai Chi course immediately while the other group was a delayed control group.

 





WorldTaiChiDay.org comment:

Arthritis is a combination of inflammation issues and wearing of tissue in joints that can result in bone on bone interaction in knees, etc.

Recent research on mindfulness meditation found that these approaches can help reduce chronic inflammation, according to research reported by Science Daily in 2013.



People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma -- in which psychological stress plays a major role -- may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques, according to a study by University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientists with the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center.

 

"In this setting, we could see if there were changes that we could detect that were specific to mindfulness," Rosenkranz explains.

Using a tool called the Trier Social Stress Test to induce psychological stress, and a capsaicin cream to produce inflammation on the skin, immune and endocrine measures were collected before and after training in the two methods. While both techniques were proven effective in reducing stress, the mindfulness-based stress reduction approach was more effective at reducing stress-induced inflammation.


See Jan. 16, 2013, Science Daily Article for details.





















Coming Out of the Closet!

The Science of Kindness and Compassion ...

 

 

 
Those of us who have been doing Tai Chi, Qigong, and Meditation for decades have seen many in medicine, science, and popular culture making jokes out of the profound benefits we claimed we and our students were experiencing ... TODAY THE JOKE IS ON THEM. WE WERE RIGHT! AND SCIENCE IS PROVING IT!

Learn how Mind-body sciences like Tai Chi and Qigong literally change the brain, nervous system and DNA ... and that is just the beginning.

The forming of the "science of compassion."

Click above image to see video on such research.

  




























Pushing for Peace in Maui, Hawaii!

Tai Chi Retreat ...

 

 

 
Maui Qi Fest 2015
Camp Keanae, June 26th-30th

 

Workshops in Shaolin,WudangGuang PingYang, and Wustyles, dorm style group lodgings and organic, gourmet, locally sourced meals and refreshments.

 

LEARN MORE or SIGN UP! 

http://www.pushingforpeace.org/maui-qi-fest/

  




























What is World Tai Chi & Qigong Day?
 
 
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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.























Contact:
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
10100 Roe Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66207
913-648-2256
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

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:

 

 

  • This book is highly informative. I continue (since the first edition) to recommend it to my students in N.Y. as well as in my studios in Beach Lake, Narrowsburg & Hawley PA. (This book is a great supplement to their personnel instructions). They love it and continue to refer to it's concise contents! Thanks Bill.
     
    -- Neil Chernichaw, East Coast US Tai Chi Teacher


 

 

 

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 

"THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS BOOK
MY INSTRUCTOR IS GLAD I HAVE IT."
-- 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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"One World ... One Breath" in 34 languages on back.

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