World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2008

Like every last Saturday of April in the last 10 years, this coming Saturday the World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD) is celebrated.

The Event

WTCQD Kansas City 1998

The first event was held in Kansas City, Missouri in 1998 on the lawn of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, where the local Tai Chi Club held a mass Tai Chi exhibition and demonstration involving nearly two-hundred people. However, the global event inspired by the above-mentioned event began only in 1999.

WTCQD Hong Kong

This annual event is open to the general public, and begins in the earliest time zones of New Zealand at 10 am, and then participants across Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America take part, with celebrations in sixty nations and several hundred cities, ending almost an entire day later with the events in the last time zones of Hawaii . Celebrations include mass Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong exhibitions in many cities, and free classes in most participating cities.

WTCQD Brasil

Over 60 countries are using this event to promote Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung).The purpose of this multinational effort is to expose people to the growing body of medical research related to the concept of Qi (Chi) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

The local events are independently organized by local Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong schools, groups, and associations. The format of events varies by locality, although most involve free classes and mass exhibitions. International organizing for the event is done at the World Tai Chi and Qigong Day office in Overland Park, Kansas.

To this international event, we dedicated last weekend’s Qi Gong and Tai Chi demonstration and class during the Holistic Health Expo Windsor 2008, welcoming the presence of 2 dedicated Tai Chi teachers and promoters, Gerry Steinberg and Sheila Duke a Qi Gong practitioner Dori Patriche.

The Goals

The World’s Tai Chi and Qigong Day‘s stated goals are to:

  • Educate the world about emerging medical research revealing health benefits that Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong offer.
  • Educate about the increasing use of these ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities in business, education, penal and drug rehabilitation.
  • Provide a global vision of cooperation for health and healing purposes across geopolitical boundaries, and also an appeal to people worldwide to embrace wisdom from all the cultures of the world.

Official recognition

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day events have been recognized by the United Nations World Health Organization (UNWHO) for participation in the UNWHO’s ‘Move for Health’ movement.

WTCQD has been officially proclaimed by governors for their states including many US states. Senates and legislatures have officially proclaimed World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in their states or countries. Mayors of many major cities have also officially proclaimed World Tai Chi and Qigong Day for their cities.

WTCQD Center

The event’s international organizing center provides information on Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong, including health research, information on how Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong relate to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), what people new to Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong can expect when they attend classes, and video and audio samples of various Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong exercises and forms.

The site also provides links to Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong publications, associations, schools, and groups in many states and countries. It has a searchable database that lists schools by their country or US state, in order to help people find teachers in their home towns. The global WTCQD directory doesn’t screen or recommend the teachers, it doesn?t list them based on any vetting process towards Tai Chi Chuan or Qigong styles over others. The directory is open, so anyone can post to.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day also acts as a public, government, and media source for information on those disciplines, and works in conjunction with such divergent institutions as the National Council on the Aging, The National Parkinson’s Foundation Annual Conference, the Fibromyalgia Coalition International, Folsom Prison (Maximum Security Prison in California), Rotary Clubs International, etc.

For more information please visit WTCQD’s website.

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4 Responses to “World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2008”

  • Don Says:
    August 11th, 2008 at 15:26

    Very interesting; I didn’t know there is such a day [World Tai Chi and Qigong Day]. I have added your blog to my favourites. Greetings.

  • Monique Says:
    January 6th, 2009 at 03:59

    Thank you for the information. I have added Qigong on my New Year resolution. It is interesting to find that you can increase your energetic level through breathing exercises.

  • Andrew Says:
    June 4th, 2009 at 16:18

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  • Jane Says:
    June 8th, 2009 at 12:53

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