Saturday, April 27, will be World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, a worthy event that, one way or another, I will observe—and I hope that you will, too.
At 10 a.m., wherever I am, whatever else I may be doing, I will be wearing an official World Tai Chi and Qigong Day T-shirt. I hope that I will be doing taiji or qigong, along with tens of thousands of people at one of the hundreds of organized events in more than 70 nations, although so far I know of only one in the Seattle area, at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill. But if I’m not doing taiji, at least my shirt will remind folks that taiji and qigong are alive and well and present in their midst.
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day was founded in 1999 by Bill Douglas, a tawny-haired Kansan who writes about, teaches and preaches taiji and qigong (sorry, Bill—it’s “tai chi” when it’s your proper noun but taiji everywhere else on my blog). He is a man with a passion and a mission.
Bill runs a web site, World Tai Chi Day, which isn’t just about World Tai Chi and Qigong Day–although you can view the likes of a letter from the office of the President of Croatia recognizing the event on the site, and you can look up observances near where you live (which is how I know that Wise Orchid Martial Arts will be doing taiji and qigong from 10 a.m. to noon at Cal Anderson Park).
But there’s lots of other material, too, including reports on medical research and written and video tips, tutorials and talks.
Plus, you can subscribe to Bill’s newsletter. A recent edition included information about the upcoming publication of the “Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart and Sharp Mind”; the 15th World Congress on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, being held in May in San Francisco, in June in Chengdu (China) and in September in Tokyo; and treating cocaine addiction with qigong.
The website is also where you can order an official World Tai Chi and Qigong Day T-shirt. It’s two shades of blue, with the yin-yang/multi-leg-man symbol you saw above. Very nice….