"World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is an opportunity for an individual regardless of nationality, religion, political affiliation, economic status, race age or ability to participate in a worldwide event," said Nations. "It is individuals consciously connecting with others everywhere with the universal force of Qi." . . .
. . . Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is one institution or global healing center of many around the world to recognize World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD). Beginning at 10 a.m. April 30 in New Zealand and spreading across time zones, World Tai Chi and Qigong Day will see people in over 50 nations gather at a park, global healing center or back yard to practice these disciplines.
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day provides teachers, schools and Tai Chi and Qigong exercise associations with many free tools and services to educate communities about the potential benefits of these disciplines. It is also a day to promote worldwide wellbeing.
"The idea is to create a wave of health and healing throughout the planet," said Robert Nations, a faculty member and Qigong/Tai Chi specialist at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. "Within the Chinese medical community it is a time for quiet contemplation on the reason we are here in the first place."
-- Pacific College of Oriental Medicine; http://www.pacificcollege.edu/publications/articles/2005/April/04-2913-2005.html
My focus in teaching here in Dodge City, Kansas was mainly yoga until our first World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. The local interest here from the public and media in this unique annual event has grown each year, and spurred interest in Tai Chi to the level that we are now refocusing more of our instruction towards Tai Chi to meet this growing public interest.
Last year in 2004 when we were preparing for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events here in Dodge City, we were called by the Hutchinson (which is miles away) press first, and believe that this was partly a result of the far reaching global media outreach that www.worldtaichiday.org has done on behalf of schools and events like ours worldwide each year for the last 7 years. I just met with Bill Douglas and his wife Angela and learned that in the early days of developing World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, they spent over $2,000 out of their pockets, on fax/phone bills alone one month, to do press releases to publicize Tai Chi & Qigong schools and associations events to media in many countries around the world. This work they've done is benefiting us all as Tai Chi teachers and groups who wish to share our skills and Tai Chi with our local communities.
The great medical research resources provided by World Tai Chi & Qigong Day for Tai Chi enthusiasts, schools, and associations to use freely is a profound help in sharing Tai Chi's benefits with local media and organizations and institutions as well on an ongoing basis.
It is with great anticipation we are looking forward to future World Tai Chi & Qigong Days, we now have the full support of our local newspaper "Dodge City Daily Globe" and as a result of their involvement with us and the www.worldtaichiday.org our last WTCQD event doubled itself again. Bill and Angela Douglas helped with the articles for 2005 and we stand amazed at the results. Can't wait for next year's WTCQD, how about you?
Nats Yoga and Dance, Dodge City, KS www.natsyogastudio.netfirms.com
Thank you twice, and for all your newsletters. You're doing a great work. I especially like your slogan "one world, one breath..."
[Your new World Tai Chi & Qigong Day website is] An impressive presentation. I practice the yang short form of Professor Cheng. You have made a wonderful addition to human evolution. Thank-you.
Also, it was you who alerted me to the Hyde Park G8 concert, which made my day and many more to follow.
Ger Agrey-Thatcher, New Mexico, USA
Indeed you are a very special person...always looking to present benefit from Tai Chi Chuan practice. Your newsletters and updates will be welcome always!
Abraham E. Ortiz MD - Puerto Rico
Great job with the website - it is such an amazing resource and growing!
This week I printed some information off of it for my t'ai chi class at the senior center, and they just gobbled it up!
Thank you for everything your do!
Hi Bill Douglas,
Such good news published in today's Boston Globe's Parade magazine. All of our tai chi practitioners are proud to be a part of the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day effort. Dr. Yang, founder of Yang's Martial Arts Association was also featured in a recent issue of the Boston Globe. Don't know if were aware of that fact so I am attaching a copy for all to read. We are fortunate to have him as an extremely qualified teacher and friend.
Good luck and stay in touch.
Dan Hood -- YMAA Boston Headquarters
THANK YOU! [WTCQD] for the superb job you are doing promoting T'ai Chi health benefits.
I subscribed to the Mayo Clinic in the past, as well as other health newsletters, and I have a wealth of books and materials acquired through the past 30 years of teaching. I know some of this material should be shared, but like many other teachers, I stay involved in the today, and don't take the time to catalogue important facts and events.
Keep up the good work, and thank you for sharing.
The [World Tai Chi & Qigong Day] web-site is GRAND !! Enjoyed the old site but you made the new one easier to get around. Keep up the great work you are doing. I have been practicing Tai-Chi for many years. I think global unity you have created is outstanding not to mention amazing.
DONNA GATES, yang style practitioner of 12 yrs, and had the pleasure of a few workshops directed by Grandmaster William C. C. Chen: http://www.williamccchen.com/
Bill the new [World Tai Chi & Qigong Day] site is great! It IS a lot easier to move around and the layout is fantastic. Again, great work from you and Angela.
Vicki Neiman, Total Balance Health & Fitness School
Hastings, Nebraska (USA)
REALLY SUPER! Lots of info that is pretty easy to find --- & easy for non-Tai Chi friends to find things to read rather than just having to listen to me all the time. Listing of health-related items is really easy for them to find.
Just "over-all ATTRACTIVE LOOKING too!
You continue to cut new avenues of approach and methods for observation for Kung Fu.
Dave Pickens, Central Texas Martial Arts
Well done to all involved - an attractive site - easy to maneuver way round even for the technologically challenged such as myself.
No need to say "keep up the good work" - know you will!