World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day Co-Creators:
|Sifu Bryan Knack,
|Our Scholl is Northwest Tai Chi at 2802 N. Monroe,
Sifu Bryan Knack has been teaching Tai Chi And Qi Gong for many years.
First in Portland, OR with his teachers Yu Shaowen and Gao Jaimin and then moving back to Spokane to open his own school. Bryan has also trained with Master Yu's teachers from Beijing, China and other masters in the U.S. and Canada.
Every year in Spokane we organize World Tai Chi Day in
and also: www.nwtaichi.com/news.htm
|Gary Paruszkiewicz, Claudia Noe, Rene Russell, and Eric Mitchell
|Kan Jie is the "Wellness Group" of the Kankakee Valley ParkDistrict. Kan Jie consists of teachers and students - all practitioners of the wellness techniques taught through the Community Wellness Programs of the KVPD (since 1996).
The Kan Jie group has participated in World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day since 1999 (and believe me, those first few years, always at the beginning of April then, were soooo cold in Illinois. We're glad it's changed to the end of April now!)
The idea of bringing awareness of the peace and healing energy to the whole world fits exactly with the purpose and mission of our group. We are proud to be a part of this global event.
Among the original members to facilitate the World Tai Chi Day event, who are still participating each year (in their own areas): Gary Paruszkiewicz Director of the Community Wellness Programs of the KVPD, Claudia Noe of Mattoon, IL, Rene` Russell of Wilmington, IL, Susan Schaepman of the Netherlands, and Eric Mitchell of Kankakee. Here's a link to the SMW website
|Master Zhongxian Wu, teaches Qigong, Taiji, and Chinese Calligraphy at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon||Beginning his study of Qigong and Taiji in Mainland China at an early age, Master Zhongxian Wu committed himself to a life-long pursuit of the ancient arts of internal cultivation. Zhongxian Wu is the recognized master of multiple lineages of Qigong, Taiji, and martial arts, including the Wudang Dragon Gate and Emei Zhengong styles of Qigong. He started supporting WTCQD in 2000 when he was in China. He has instructed thousands of students in the arts of Qigong and Taiji and has authored numerous works about Qigong and China’s ancient life sciences. Currently, Master Wu teaches Qigong, Taiji, and Chinese Calligraphy in the Classical Chinese Medicine Department at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon and gives workshops all over the world.|
|Sifu Dave Pickens the Director of Central Texas Martial Arts, along with the Texas Tai Chi Connection "Sifus Stan Rossi, Jeff Hughes, Vince Cobalis, and Heloise Gold" have organized WTCQD in Austin, Texas, USA||The World Tai Chi & Qigong Day organizer for the past four years in Austin, Texas has been Sifu Dave Pickens the Director of Central Texas Martial Arts. Along with the Texas Tai Chi Connection "Sifus Stan Rossi, Jeff Hughes, Vince Cobalis, and Heloise Gold". The event has been held on the banks of Town lake at Auditorium Shores where it has grown to over 400 local tai chi players.
This year because of the Tsunami tragedy Sifu Pickens has been holding Saturday classes at Town Lake introducing people to Tai Chi for $5 per class with the proceeds going to the Tsunami Relief fund.
Sifu Pickens began martial arts in 1961 and included tai chi into his learning in 1971, he is the General manager of the World Shuai Chiao Society and teaches classical Yang as well as Chang Style, 24 and 42 tai ji.
|Saddleback College Eastern Arts Club
||Saddleback College Eastern Arts Club
The club members consist of Saddleback College instructors and students in the Eastern Arts courses - Yoga, Tai Chi, Aikido, Karate, and Kung Fu, and they have have been participating in the WTCQD since the year 2000. You can find their WTCQD photo reports on their website: www.easternartsclub.org
Bill, on behalf of the club, I would like to thank you for your hard work in an effort recognize early participants of the WTCQD.
|Richard Jesaitis is the organizer of WTCQD in New York City's Central Park, which now boast approximately 1,500 participant||Richard Jesaitis is the organizer & Master-of-Ceremonies of WTCQD in New York City's Central Park, which now boast approximately 1,500 participants from 100 NY, LI, CT, PA and NJ organizations. Mr. Jesaitis has over 30 years experience in Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. He studied with Master Mary Chow continuously for 20 years, including 15 years of private lessons in advanced forms, weapons, self-defense and qigong techniques. Master Chow was a favorite student of the famous Tung Ying-chieh, who was an important disciple of Yang Cheng-fu. Mr. Jesaitis possesses an MBA from USC and is a professional business consultant.|
|Renowned Jazz musician, Cootie Harris, led the different branches of the school in participation in the first World Tai Chi day and participation has increased every year.||Cootie Harris recently celebrated his 82nd birthday. Far from retired, Cootie teaches Tai Chi classes at several different locations. In addition, Cootie conducts a weekly drum circle, hosts a monthly Jazz Jam at the arts council and gives private drum lessons. Following a stint in Europe during the second World War, Cootie returned to New York City and for years played with some of the top jazz musicians in the country. In the mid-fifties, Cootie opted to return to his roots in the Meadville/Franklin area. Well known for many years for his jazz combo, Cootie nurtured the aspirations of many local musicians who have gone on to regional and national careers in music. After years of involvement in several martial arts, Cootie founded the Cootie Harris School of Tai Chi twenty-five years ago.
Cootie led the different branches of the school in participation in the first World Tai Chi day and participation has increased every year.
||Aihan Kuhn, director of Chinese Medicine for Health in Holliston, MA||Aihan Kuhn, director of Chinese Medicine for Health in Holliston, MA, is a Master of Tai Chi & Qi Gong, She’s a Chinese doctor experienced in conventional and Traditional Chinese medicine. She was an OB/GYN prior to coming to America in 1989. Since then, her focus has been on the uses of Traditional Chinese Medicine for healing and disease prevention. Dr Kuhn incorporates methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese exercise such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Due to her compassion, knowledge and dedication to Chinese healing, she has helped thousands of Americans to recover from illness.
TQHI and the New England School of Tai Chi have had some wonderful World Tai Chi Day events over the past three years and we've got some great photos on our site for everyone to enjoy. One year it was cold and rainy, but we still had a great turnout. It just goes to show you Tai Chi practitioners are not easily discouraged.
The WTD link for our event is below:
and also at:
||Cofounder Laddie Sacharko - Our 4th Annual drew more than 700 players and 21 schools.||Cofounder Laddie Sacharko
Organized a "first" event in 1999, and continues the tradition in 2005 with our 7th Annual event. In 1999, four school joined in to provide workshops for an all day reunion of T'ai Chi Players from all over Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachussetts. Our 4th Annual drew more than 700 players and 21 schools.
In 2001, during a visit to China, I introduced the idea of World T'ai Chi Day to the then co-director of the Zhang San Feng School of T'ai Chi in the Wudang Mountains. World T'ai Chi Day is important not only for the opportunity to introduce new people, but to also fire up the imagination and enthusiasm of continuing Players.
Link to our event site: http://worldtaichiday.zeroweb.org/
Starfarm T'ai Chi & Qi Gong Search Center
World T'ai Chi Day Co Founder
|Bryan Bagnas has been involved with Tai Chi since his first class back in 1994.
Inspired by the World Tai Chi Day (WTCD), Mr. Bagnas held his first event at a local park in 2001 and has continued the practise every year since.
|Bryan Bagnas has been involved with Tai Chi since his first class back in 1994. At that time, he supplemented his Hawaiian Kempo training with the Yang Style Tai Chi classes. In 1995, he learned Fu Style Tai Chi along with the family’s other internal arts.
Inspired by the World Tai Chi Day (WTCD), Mr. Bagnas held his first event at a local park in 2001 and has continued the practise every year since.
Golden Leopard Kempo, Mr. Bagnas’ school in San Diego, now offers free Tai Chi classes to students during the run up to WTCD. (www.goldenleopard.org)
Thank you for organizing these events and maintaining the vigil every year. You're a great inspiration. Sincerely,
|Dr. Effie Chow was one of the earliest supporters of World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day, and is now working to organize scientific and medical research events to coincide with World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day each year||Dr. Effie Chow was appointed by President Clinton to the original 15 member White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Recipient of the “Visionary of the Year 1997” “The Humanitarian of the Year 1999” and “The Visionary of the Decade 2000” Awards, Dr. Effie Poy Yew Chow has for over thirty years been working to integrate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with Western Medicine. Toward this goal, she founded the East West Academy of Healing Arts (EWAHA) in 1973 in San Francisco. In 1988 an arm of that organization, The EWAHA Qigong Institute, was established within EWAHA to promote research and clinical work in medical Qigong. In 2003 was appointed by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago to their National Task Force on The 21st Century Initiative on Life and Health. In 2004 she was invited onto the 15 member international Advisory Board to the CAM Health Expo, and in 2005 onto the 20 member Advisory Board to the National Library of Medicine-Asian American Health Website Users Group|
|Rob Zilin is the Director of the Deer Mountain T’ai Chi Academy, Northampton, Massachusetts and teaches T’ai Chi at Hampshire College.||Rob Zilin is the Director of the Deer Mountain T’ai Chi Academy, Northampton, Massachusetts and teaches T’ai Chi at Hampshire College.
Deer Mountain teaches the history, philosophy, psychology, and physiology of the Chinese internal arts through training of various T’ai Chi and qigong forms, applications and breathing techniques.
Rob first studied Yang Style T’ai Chi at the University of Arizona 1972. In January 1980 he move to Western Massachusetts and began intensive study with Paul Gallagher, founder of Deer Mountain. Over the course of the next twenty-five years, Mr. Zilin has studied with 9 masters and has integrated their teaching into his practice and teaching.
|Shin Lin (Ph.D., UCLA), a life-long practitioner of Kung Fu/Qigong/Tai Chi, is the Founding Director of the International Alliance for Mind/Body Signaling and Energy Research, and Professor of Cell Biology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine.||Shin Lin (Ph.D., UCLA), a life-long practitioner of Kung Fu/Qigong/Tai Chi, is the Founding Director of the International Alliance for Mind/Body Signaling and Energy Research, and Professor of Cell Biology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Lin’s research is focused on the use of the latest biophysical instruments to show that Qigong/Tai Chi practice increases blood flow in the body and the brain, improves mental relaxation and concentration, and enhances the level of bioenergy measured as heat, light, and electrical field. He is currently an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and an Associate Editor of the new Journal of Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine.|
|Sifu Rubbo, a founding member of the Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Association, is an Honorary Chairman and past president of the Association. He and his wife are the Bay Area organizers for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.
||Donald Rubbo has been practicing martial and internal arts since 1969, and has been teaching since 1980. He produced the popular “Long Life Exercises for Health” DVD, and was featured in The Empty Vessel, a Journal for the Daoist Arts, for his expertise on the rare and beautiful Primordial Qigong system. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and teaches nationally and internationally. Donald and his wife, Cheryl Lynne, were recently featured on “NEW MORNING TV,” Hallmark Channel’s Faith and Values series about ordinary men and women who are doing extraordinary things. They are devoted Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners under the guidance of Lama Lodu Rinpoche of Kagyu Droden Kunchab in San Francisco.
Sifu Rubbo, a founding member of the Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Association, is an Honorary Chairman and past president of the Association. He and his wife are the Bay Area organizers for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.
Sifu Rubbo teaches the rare and powerful Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Ch’uan, Primordial Qigong (direct from Lineage Holder Master Zhu Hui), Hsing Yi Chuan, Bagua Chang, I Chuan and Shao Lin Chuan (empty hand and weapons forms), and develops classes, workshops and retreats to help people reconnect with the healing power of nature and themselves. He also has a thriving healing arts private practice.
|McElroy Laoshi’s first coordination of a World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day event was for Des Moines, IA, in 2000. After relocating to Long Island that same year, he founded and has coordinated an annual event for the Village of Patchogue every year since 2001.||Laoshi Laurince McElroy owns and operates Water Tiger School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Patchogue, NY. He has been teaching since 1991, after receiving certification from the Black Dragon School of T’ ai Chi Ch’uan in Vermillion, SD. He currently serves as an assistant manager of the MSN T’ai Chi Club
Event History: Patchogue (Long Island), NY
On average, 60 people each year have attended World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day in Patchogue (Long Island), NY to learn, practice, chat, or simply watch. Each year offers three hours of free workshops and demonstrations facilitated by a number of accomplished Long Island instructors and longtime players. The past two years have also seen proclamations from the Suffolk County Legislation (2003) and two mayors of the Village of Patchogue (2003 and 2004).
Click this for this WTCQD Event Link or at: (www.WaterTigerTaiChi.com)
(L to R)
Tai Chi Kung, Master Jim Scott-Behrends, Phil
Szpiech, Senior Student & Instructor.
|Bending Tree Tai Chi Kung has been sponsoring World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Virginia Beach/Norfolk, VA. since 2002. The first year started with a dozen participants & one school and has grown to 5 schools & approximately 300 participants expected in 2005.
Judith Forsyth, the owner of Bending Tree Tai Chi Kung, started teaching in the Virginia Beach area in 1994 when she moved from the West Coast , where she studied under Master Jim Scott-Behrends, to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
In 2002 Bending Tree started a two year instructor certification course & graduated 9 instructors in 2004.
History of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Hampton Roads, VA.
2002: Bending Tree Tai Chi Kung observed World Tai Chi Day with a dozen students in attendance at the Chinese Pagoda in Norfolk, VA.
|Leigh-Ann Cris and Howard Fraracci, after stumbling upon Bill’s website in 2001, were immediately captivated by his idea and that year attended a local W.T.C.Q.D. event . . . there was definitely a sense of being part of something larger. Since then we have organized three World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day events, two with over 50 participants.||Leigh-Ann Cris and Howard Fraracci are Tai Chi & Qi Gong Instructors as well as Certified Earth Shiatsu Therapists living in Toronto, Canada. Both have earned Black Belts in Goju-Ryu Karate and are Certified Level II Reiki Practitioners. Since 1993, they have trained together in various Eastern disciplines including Yoga, Meditation and most recently, Shaolin Tai Mantis Kung Fu.
After stumbling upon Bill’s website in 2001, we were immediately captivated by his idea and that year attended a local W.T.C.Q.D. event to see what it was all about. We joined a group from another school and slogged through a muddy hour of Tai Chi in the pouring rain and near-freezing temperatures. Despite the conditions, there was definitely a sense of being part of something larger. Since then we have organized a World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day event every year, two with over 50 participants.
Thank you Bill for your brilliant idea and enthusiastic efforts. We will continue to support W.T.C.Q.D. and endeavour to spread the word to Toronto, Canada, and the World.
|Todd Oyen, of the North Alabama Tang Soo Do School, in Florence, Alabama USA||
Mr. Oyen is a Sam Dan with the World Tang Soo Do Association and began his martial arts and qigong training over 20 years ago. He has trained under Grandmaster Jae C. Shin, Master William Strong, and Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming. In addition to his regular martial arts and qigong classes, he very involved in teaching and providing healing for seniors at assisted living facilities. North Alabama Tang Soo Do is looking forward to hosting multiple events for WTCQD 2005.
|Our World Tai Chi and Qigong events started in 2001 and have included local Tai Chi schools. Each group of Tai Chi players do a few minutes of each style's form consecutively, followed by workshops in related subjects.
The following schools have contributed:
Rochester T'ai Chi Ch'uan Center - Willian CC Chen form Great Lake T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Cheng Man-ching form Teacher-Mark Wescott http://www.greatlaketaichichuan.com/index.htm USA Karate,Fairport - Wu style Teacher-Stephen Hwa
Jim Ransom - Yang Family, 24 mainland, Chen Pan-ling, Qigong, weapons. Rochester T'ai Chi Ch'uan Center - Chen Pan-ling Form Teacher-Brian Bruning http://rtccc.hypermart.net
Rochester Chen Style Taijiquan Association - Chen form Teacher-Bob Loce http://taichiworkout.net/
Link to our "details' page of our school/event listing onWorldtaichiday.org
|From left to right: Professor William Parkinson, University of Utah; Sifu
Jerry Garnder, Red Lotus School of Movement; Sifus Criss "Bear"
Rosenlof and JC Carter, Dragon Studios Taijiquan
|Utah T'ai Chi instructors William Parkinson, Jerry Gardner, JC Carter, and Criss Rosenlof have been co-hosting World T'ai Chi and Qigong day at the University of Utah since 2001.
About the Organizers:
Sifu Jerry Gardner is the owner, director and master instructor of Red Lotus School of Movement. He has been training in the martial arts for 40 years and teaching for over 32 years.
Sifu JC Carter and Sifu Criss "Bear" Rosenlof are the founders and owners of Dragon Studios Taijiquan. Together, they have more than 30 years experience in the martial arts. Sifu Carter was certified as a Tai Chi and Yoga instructor by Professor Parkinson.
Having read about the 1999 W.T.C.Q.D. celebration, Sifus Carter and Rosenlof attended a local event in 2000 sponsored by Sifu Don Stringham. Carter and Rosenlof agreed to host the event the next year. With the help of Prof. Parkinson, the event was moved to the University of Utah campus, featuring instructors and students from 4 local schools demonstrating T'ai Chi on a rainy April morning.
In 2002, the event attracted 2 more local schools. In 2003, then state governor Michael Leavitt signed an official proclamation declaring the week leading up to W.T.C.Q.D. as Utah T'ai Chi Week. 2004 saw students, instructors and representatives from 8 Utah schools.
|Jerry (pictured here) and Harold (below) organized their first WTCQ Day event in 1999, as separate events in Kelowna, B.C., Canada. The two Yang instructors teamed up in 2000 and have held the event every year, since.
||Gerald (Jerry) Jessop
Gerald Jessop has been practicing the Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan since he began studying the form in 1972 at the Chinese United Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Jessop was an Art Gallery Director/Curator and Art Educator for 25 years and is a practicing artist who has exhibited in major galleries across Western Canada since 1970. Tai Chi has been the poetic, spiritual, and physical compliment to his creativity to make him a more rounded individual. As a Tai Chi Chuan/Qigong Instructor since 1996, he has conducted workshops and classes at many locations in Kelowna, B.C., Canada, where he has also led his own Crouching Tiger Club. In 2004-05 he was the President of the Healing Arts Association of the Okanagan of which he is a Founding Member
|Harold (pictured here) and Jerry (above) organized their first WTCQ Day event in 1999, as separate events in Kelowna, B.C., Canada. The two Yang instructors teamed up in 2000 and have held the event every year, since.
||Harold (Hajime) Naka
Hajime, Harold Naka (Dancing Dragon) describes himself as an “Urban radical visionary Daoist “. He lives and teaches Tai Chi and Qigong in Kelowna, B.C., Canada. In 1982 he began his healing, spiritual, meditative journey. Through Qigong-Tai Chi practice, he has healed his body, found inner happiness, peace of mind, a purpose and a spiritual, enriched life. His radical Dao, “body, mind, spirit, dancing into wholeness, Qigong and peace through movement”, Tai Chi has been healing, empowering and liberating society one body at a time since 1983.
Harold and Jerry organized their first WTCQ Day event in 1999, as separate events.. The two Yang instructors teamed up in 2000 and have held the event every year, since.
|Sifu Walker has organized and hosted WTCQD events in New Jersey every year since 2001. In 2002, Walker received a Governor's Proclamation in New Jersey from the Honorable Jim McGreevey and in 2003, he received a Joint Legislative Resolution from the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly in recognition of World Tai Chi & QiGong Day. He has also obtained approximately 12 - 14 mayoral proclamations each year.||For a quarter of a century, Sifu Jonathan B. Walker, LPN has worked to improve the quality of life for others. He has been involved in different martial arts for more than 25 years. He has studied and practiced Yang and Chen Style Tai Chi for over 15 years under great teachers like Sijo Leon Trescott, El Bey, Master Ren Guang Yi, and Grandmasters T.T. Liang and Jou, Tsung Hwa. Walker is also accomplished as a QiGong and Reiki therapy practitioner, Motivational Speaker and Personal Trainer. He is the founder of QiSsage Body Systems, LLC, Three Mountains Schools of Taiji Quan.
In January 2003, Walker was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Hall Of Fame for his “Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts as a Master." In 2004 he received an award for “Continuance of Excellence in the Preservation of the Martial Arts” and “Man of the Year” award for his promotion of the values of Tai Chi. In 2005 he was honored as a "Good Will Ambassador to the Martial Arts". Walker has been featured in performances at Six Flags Great Adventure as well as several feature news articles, including stories in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Times of Trenton, Burlington County Times and The Community News.
|Bob has participated in, and organized events for, WTCQD for many years. His students look forward to this event as an opportunity to reach the local community to heighten the awareness of the personal satisfaction and health value of regular Taiji practice.||Shi fu Bob Goodman has been a private student of Master Bow Sim Mark for over ten years and has been teaching his students Taiji Chuan and other internal arts to honor her and her teachings. Master Mark is an internationally acknowledged Master with many awards and accolades bestowed upon her for all of her years of hard work and dedication to this ancient art. To learn more about Master Mark or Goodman please review their respective web sites: Bob has participated in, and organized events for, WTCQD for many years. His students look forward to this event as an opportunity to reach the local community to heighten the awareness of the personal satisfaction and health value of regular Taiji practice.