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WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY 2015
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
ONLY 36 DAYS UNTIL WTCQD 2015
Newly released study shows that Tai Chi Treats Heart Disease! See article in Medical Research Section of this newsletter.
UPDATE: We have updated the WTCQD Press Releases
to the 2015 event dates. We have FREE Press Releases
you can download and use in 19 LANGUAGES
, to HELP YOU PROMOTE YOUR LOCAL WTCQD ... AND LOCAL CLASSES, at:
We have also done the painstaking work of collecting media contacts' links for International, National, Regional and Local media to make it easy for you to do media work to promote your local events and classes:
Tai Chi & Qigong in Prisons! One of WorldTaiChiDay.org's many efforts includes helping prisons and inmates start Tai Chi and Qigong in prisons, both for moral reasons, "how we treat the least among us," but also because it saves society money. Police, courts and prisons are VERY EXPENSIVE. Tai Chi and Qigong programs have helped reduce inmates return to prison, meaning it enables them to better re-intergrate into society ... good for the inmates ... good for all of us. See article on "Tai Chi & Qigong in Prisons." to learn more about our work effecting prisoners from Australia to California by sharing the experiences we've had teaching in penal rehabilitation settings with teachers worldwide. Sharing Tai Chi & Qigong can very literally change the world. We are constantly educating prison facilities and staffers about Tai Chi & Qigong as an effective penal rehabilitation tool. When you participate in WTCQD each year, you enable the global family to gain media attention, and a voice to the public and media.
Also, we do media releases each year to promote events worldwide. You can support our ability to do more effective press releases by getting an Official T-Shirt.
IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES - LOWERING THE PRISON RETURN RATES BY 50% WOULD SAVE OUR NATION BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ANNUALLY.
The new super max prison, added to Folsom in the nineteen eighties, is one of the most secure and most violent prisons in the United States. Since 1998 this has been the proving grounds for non martial practices. Nearly seven thousand men have learned and practice both T'ai Chi Chih and sitting Qi Gong.
A small preliminary study has shown that men who have learned these practices are successful upon parole ninety four percent of the time. Other prison activities--such as education, religious and self help programs-- have a recidivism rate (the rate inmates return to prison for new crimes or parole violations) of seventy to eighty percent.
One would think these numbers would deserve greater scrutiny. Perhaps a University of California sponsored study.
Excerpt from "An End to Crime, Qi Gong in Corrections" by James K. Hecker, T'ai Chi Chih Teacher
We Need Your Help (scroll down for article, on how you can help, and why we need your help.)
If you've benefited from Tai Chi and Qigong, you probably would like
the world around you to know about it. It makes us feel good to help others.
Help us help you, to help others ...
"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
-- Dave Pickens
National Chairman Chinese Martial Arts
Division; United States Amateur Athletic Union,
Austin, Texas (USA)
Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day supporters,
We train Tai Chi and Qigong enthusiasts in Media Work, so they can more effectively share breaking medical research and other information about Tai Chi and Qigong, to help make a better community. We provide tools, like a global Media Contacts Page, where we've done the hours of homework, to put media right at your fingertips :-)
We connected Cuban WTCQD organizers with Agence France Presse TV, for example to land this beautiful media coverage of their event:
|Celebration of World Tai Chi Day in Cuba|
We NEED your help.
We want to do a major 2015 media campaign to help spread the word about your local events via media, and thereby educate the world about Tai Chi & Qigong.
EURO NEWS: World Tai Chi Day celebrations in Latin America and World
Our work at WorldTaiChiDay.org, training Tai Chi and Qigong enthusiasts worldwide in media outreach, and we put local WTCQD organizers across Latin America in contact with media, and connected media to local organizers. Due to our efforts these clips were used by Associated Press Television, BBC World Television
, and Euro News. We've done the same to help gain national and regional TV coverage in the United States (CNN, FOX), Texas
, Los Angeles
, New York
, the nations of Canada
, Mexico, and many others.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Of course, organizing and/or participating in WTCQD events each year is what makes this global wave so beautiful and meaningful. But, there is another important way you can help this effort.
Our beautiful and meaningful
When you purchase, or tell others about, our
Official WTCQD T-Shirts, you contribute to our work.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT to get them IN TIME FOR WTCQD 2015, and
we are pressed to get the media campaign launched as well.
It's not as painful as you think. Actually the t-shirts are beautiful,
meaningful, and your group would love them IF YOU ASK THEM.
We get emails like the one below each year. If you ask your group
you'll find that your group will likely be excited about
wearing a beautiful and meaningful T-Shirt,
and to contribute to our work of spreading
Tai Chi & Qigong awareness worldwide
for public health, calm, and clarity.
Thank you for supporting our work.
Again, thanks so much for all your hard work!
The students in our classes loved their WTCQD t-shirts and didn't realize how
beautiful they were until they received
them. So, I had another 14 students
who requested them and just sent
in the order.
Also, I love the recent newsletter. Your picture
with your fine feathered friends is so awesome!
Take care and thanks so much again.
Penn Valley, CA
Photo courtesy of Bev Abela, WTCQD organizers,
JUST IN from Ensenada, Baja, Mexico!
Baja Mexico Tai Chi and Qigong groups will come together from all over this Mexican State for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2015. See beautiful 2014 WTCQD event in Ensenada, begins with mixed-martial arts demos, and culminates with beautiful Tai Chi and Qigong groups.
5th Dia Mundial de Tai Chi y Qigong
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Preparándonos para enlazar nuestras energías, compartiendo su gran visión, la visión de miles de seres humanos alrededor del mundo,de esperanza y sanacion para nuestro planeta !
Getting ready to bind our energies, sharing his great vision, the vision of thousands of human beings around the world, of hope and healing to our planet!
JUST IN from the USA!
Mayor of Mobile, Alabama (USA) proclaims "World Tai Chi & Qigong Day for the City of Mobile, Alabama." WTCQD Alabama organizers,
Marty Burrows, reports:
"Our WTCQD event in Mobile, Alabama will be held at;
Via Health Fitness and Enrichment Center
(aka The Mary Abbie Berg Senior Center)
1717 Dauphin Street
Mobile, Al 36603
Center contact number 251-478-3311
and of course our start time is Saturday April 25th at 10am promptly"
ALSO JUST IN from the UK!
Milton Keynes is about one hour drive from London, and the Mayor of Milton Keynes will appear at their 2015 World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event, as reported by Kele in UK:
"Well, the latest update is that the Mayor of Milton Keynes (pop. 230,000) has accepted my invitation to World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, and will be taking part in our chi gong class. He is also going to proclaim it WTCQD in Milton Keynes. Hurrah!!
I will, of course, send you pictures after the event. Let's hope we have a beautiful day."
-- Kele, UK
Events like this happening all over the world indicate how people in government, healthcare, education, senior care, corporate wellness, etc., are seeing how Tai Chi and Qigong can benefit those they are charged to represent. We are literally changing our world. If your group would like to get an Official Proclamation for your event from local or regional, national government, we have free kits to help you. Click here. Then, we also provide you with Media Kits, and Media Contact Lists, to help you publicize your WTCQD event.
2015 MEDIA CAMPAIGN -
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Just like your patronage of your local Tai Chi and Qigong teachers and schools enables their classes to exist--your support enables us to do what we do nationally and worldwide.
For 2015, we would like to do a major global press release campaign on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2015, to help maximize global media coverage of your events ... and of Tai Chi and Qigong's medical and health benefits ... we need your help ... media work is expensive.
Angela and I have spent thousands out of our pockets (click to read article on this) to do media work on WTCQD ... but when you are promoting other groups and schools and have no financial interest in any of them ... that becomes unsustainable. BBC World Television coverage of Tai Chi & Qigong events throughout Latin America and the world, was the direct result of my spending hours and hours emailing, faxing, and calling Associated Press Television offices throughout Latin America, finding the main office in Havana, contacting them, and this following our putting many hours of work into creating and distributing major media press releases which cost hundreds of dollars to distribute, not counting all the labor.
Me and Angie spend countless hours on WTCQD actions, taking phone calls of people looking for Tai Chi or Qigong classes, and we send them to your listings in our Schools and Events directory--which we provide for free. WE NEED YOUR HELP ...
We see the entire global family of Tai Chi and Qigong as such an incredible yet not nearly fully tapped resource for the planet, and know that when we work together we can move mountains. We have in the last 16 years, by working together. The more we spread Tai Chi and Qigong, the lower health costs get for us all, the more calm and clarity and peace there is in the world. Our actions ripple outward when we expose millions to Tai Chi and Qigong year after year, by working together.
We have changed countless people's lives ...
|How Tai Chi can help with chronic health issues|
TOGETHER, WE ARE CHANGING PEOPLE'S LIVES ...
Thousands of Pakistani children attend World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Camp
We get testimonials all the time of major players in the Tai Chi and Qigong world got started on their path because of media they saw about World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, or because they attended a WTCQD event in their community -- people who now are teaching Tai Chi and Qigong in schools, senior centers, hospitals, prisons, etc., and all of us who've enjoyed Tai Chi and Qigong's benefits know that that can change the rest of of these people's lives, and ripple out to affect others, in ways you could never have imagined.
WOW! Amazing what we can do together, isn't it?
Baja California, Mexico World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event
Below you'll see a message that Baja California, which has had gorgeous visual events, now is planning a massive event where groups statewide come together for it. Angela and I will work many hours to assist the Tijuana Mexico group to get major international media for their event. You may wonder why that should matter to you. If CNN, or FOX News picks up a story about this massive event in Mexico (and both those networks have covered WTCQD events), then people in your town learn about Tai Chi and Qigong's health benefits, and that people worldwide are doing it. That is like an ad for your local classes and groups, which is why you are now seeing Tai Chi and Qigong articles popping up constantly in major media and popular culture. TRUST US--It was NOT that way 16 years ago, when we started World Tai Chi Day. This is a flowering of awareness of Tai Chi and Qigong that we have all cultivated together via our continual coming together, augmented by years of mass media work.
AND, we have such BEAUTIFUL WAY you can support our work:
T-Shirts with "World Tai Chi & Qigong Day" on the front, and
"One World ... One Breath" in 34 languages, on the back.
If you take the few minutes to simply click on "all of the links" in the lower 3 paragraphs ... You'll be amazed at what we have done to expand health, healing and to promote teachers of all styles, worldwide:
Tai Chi and Qigong enthusiasts worldwide have credited our work as profoundly expanding awareness of Tai Chi and Qigong, and their local classes. At WorldTaiChiDay.org, we offer global media work, and global organizing ... all designed to provide free tools to enthusiasts worldwide to spread Tai Chi and Qigong ... to create a healthier, calmer and more peaceable world, as well as hundreds of pages of FREE resources ... FREE multi-lingual weekly newsletters ... FREE School's Directory promoting teachers worldwide--AND IT IS ALL a FREE SERVICE.
w/ "One World ... One Breath" in 34 languages on back
YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT
OUR GLOBAL ORGANIZING WORK
Your purchase of our beautiful Official T-Shirts supports this continuous effort of educational healing work--work that benefits everyone involved, as well as the world at large. We collect medical research on Tai Chi that has enabled the expansion of Tai Chi and Qigong into major health institutions worldwide, into educational facilities, corporate wellness, and penal rehabilitation all over the globe--as evidenced by the reports we publish in the WorldTaiChiDay.org Ezine Newsletters from Tai Chi, Qigong, and healthcare professionals worldwide. We have empowered Tai Chi and Qigong teachers worldwide to gain official recognition and proclamations from their local, state, and national government agencies--which educate the public about Tai Chi and Qigong's benefits.
Tai Chi and Qigong teachers from around the world explain the value of what we do
WHAT HARVARD SAYS ABOUT
WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY
"A reflection of how successful the invasion of [of tai chi] has been is World Tai Chi Day, organized by Bill Douglas. One of the purposes of this day is "to bring people across racial, economic, religious, and geo-political boundaries, to join together for the purpose of health and healing, providing an example to the world." Millions of people around the world- 65 nations participated ... gather one day each year to celebrate the health and healing benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong."
-- Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi
JOIN IN ON THE OFFICIAL WTCQD T-SHIRT PHOTO CONTEST!
HAVE FUN ... WHILE SUPPORTING OUR WORK!
You only need one Official T-Shirt to enter the Photo Contest. Our 3 Grand Prize Packages are now up to hundreds of dollars in value of Tai Chi and Qigong instructional related products ... we are now adding prizes to a 2nd tier of Runner Up Prizes!
TO ENTER THE OFFICIAL
T-SHIRT PHOTO CONTEST:
Again, you only need one official t-shirt to enter.
SEND ONLY TWO PHOTOS, to firstname.lastname@example.org after your WTCQD 2015 event, with "Official WTCQD T-Shirt Photo Contest" in the Subj. line.
1 Photo must be 2015 event: Close up of upper-body and face, with "2015" WTCQD Official T-Shirt on
2nd Photo: Group shot of the same city's WTCQD event. This 2nd photo can be one of this year'sWTCQD event, or of a past year's event you held in your area.
SEE 6 GROWING PRIZE PACKAGES BELOW!
Have fun with your Event Photo Art Projects :-)
Yours in Qi,
Bill & Angela WongDouglas,
Founders of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
|Mundial de Taichi y Chikung-|
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
in Caracas, Venezuela
|Dia Mundial del Tai Chi y el Chi Kung|
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
Peru, South America