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April 23, 2013 > World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Submitted By Ohlone College

The entire community is invited to take part in an unprecedented global health and healing event that will unfold across the globe on Saturday, April 27. Beginning in New Zealand, this event will spread, time zone by time zone, across the globe through 60 countries and across six continents. Join the healing wave and gather at Ohlone College's Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology as we host our first Annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day.

The event, free and open to the public, aims to communicate the health benefits of practicing Tai Chi and Qigong. Tai Chi and Qigong are health technologies, which have evolved over several thousand years of research in China, and are now growing in popularity worldwide. They are used in hospitals, businesses, schools, and numerous other institutions. Tai Chi and Qigong have been shown in research to reduce anxiety, depression, and chronic pain conditions. They boost the immune system, improve respiratory function, burn calories, dramatically improve balance, and provide cardiovascular benefit.

Renowned martial artist, 2010 Tai Chi Master of the Year, and Ohlone College instructor Sifu May Chen heads Ohlone's World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. The event will begin promptly at 10 a.m. with a warm up and popular Tai Chi and Qigong routines. This will be followed by an open house with a performance by Sifu Yuan Long, a 35th Generation Shaolin Warrior Monk, Exemplary Martial Artist, and over 40 of his students from the Dragon Rhythm Kung Fu School in Fremont. Later in the day, special guest and multi-time World Class Martial Arts Champion, a Secular Shaolin Disciple, Sifu Yan Fei will demonstrate free hand and weapons, and lead a session of Kung Fu for Adults.

Following the variety of demonstrations, participants will have the opportunity to take part in 30-minute "learn & practice" sessions to try Tai Chi and Qigong for themselves. These sessions include: Sports Qigong, King Fu for Adults, Chen Style Tai Chi, Basic Staff Forms, and health Qigong styles, including Five Animal Exercises, Da Wu, and Eight Section Brocade.

Members of this year's newly formed Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong Club will assist Sifu May Chen at the event. Even though the club is new, Chen's students have been participating in competitions and local events such as KungFuMagazine.com's Martial Arts Championship, and the UC Berkeley Martial Arts Tournament (CMAT). Most recently the students received a gold medal as a group for the Five Animal Exercise in 2012 and will perform their award winning routine at the event.

Lucy Olivia, President and founder of Ohlone's Tai Chi Qigong Club, became interested in Tai Chi after attending one of Ohlone's Tai Chi Qigong open houses in 2010. "Tai Chi has changed me physically, emotionally and spiritually... Tai Chi is truly the ultimate practice." Lucy took Gold prize in 2012 last in KungFuMagazine.com's Martial Arts Championship in Beginning Level Tai Chi. She will be transferring from Ohlone to Oregon State University in the Fall.

Ohlone's Tai Chi and Qigong event is sponsored by Ohlone College, KungFuMagazine.com, Tigerclaw.com, Arthritis Foundation, and Ohlone's Tai Chi Qigong Club. For a complete schedule of performances and sessions visit www.ohlone.edu/go/globalwellness or contact Sifu May Chen at (510) 657-5893.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Saturday, April 27
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ohlone College Newark Center
39399 Cherry Street, Newark
(510) 657-5893
www.ohlone.edu/go/globalwellness
Free ($2 parking fee enforced after 11 a.m.)

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