Each year tens of millions of Tai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong enthusiasts around the world wait for the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day’s arrival so they can get together with their fellow practitioners to practice the art. They also exchange their experiences and feelings of the art. This year the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day will be on Saturday April 30.
Since its inception in 1999, the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has been highly celebrated around the world. Starting at 10 am local time, more than 80 countries and thousands of cities big and small celebrate the benefits of practicing Tai Chi and Qigong by hosting various programs. It is like a wave beginning in Fiji and moving westward to New Zealand/Australia, Asia, Middle East, East Europe, West Europe, Africa, North and South Americas, and ending in Hawaii. Bill Douglas, the founder of the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, stated that this year’s theme is “One World, One Breath” and through practice, the whole world will unite together in a peaceful way. In the past decades, government offices at the local, regional, and national levels in many countries have acknowledged and celebrated this event. This year David-Dorian Ross, the founder of TaijiFit, and his organization will devote time and energy to stream the videos from around the global for 24 hours and broadcast online via taijifit.net. You and your group can send your celebration clip to TaijiFit.
Last year, people in St. Louis Tai Chi Chuan community were grateful for Jan Koch, Kristen Thompson, and Barb Stoneburner to organize a large event at Lutheran Church of the Atonement. Nine groups participated in the event. Some practitioners who attended last year’s gathering commented that it was an eye opening occasion to see the diversity, depth, and richness of the art. Some people, who had never learned Tai Chi before, decided to study it afterwards. Everyone attended last year’s event hoped that Jan, Kristen, and Barb would host the event again. Based on the common request, they have been working hard organizing this year’s celebration with the instructors in the metro St. Louis area. At this point, Tom Pasley, Tim Bruewer, Violet Li, Jiali Xie, Paul Reed, Yan Xie, Jim Oswald, Linda Gatson, Larry Adams, Su-bo Liao, Herb Parran, Qin Zeng, Kris Thompson, Laurie Beavers, John Wilkerson, Leory Alsup, Niko Alsup, and Arthur Du and their respective groups are committed to participate. They will perform various styles and forms of Tai Chi and Qigong. With more groups presenting, this year’s celebration is expected to be more interesting and exciting. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. till noon at Atonement Church in Florissant, Missouri (click 1285 New Florissant Road North, Florissant, MO 63031 for Google map). The event is free. For more information, you can contact Jan Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-837-1224.
At the Shaw Nature Reserve, Grey Summit, Missouri, there will be an annual celebration starting at 10 a.m. Organizer Sue Ashwell said that anyone can participate and does not need to know Tai Chi or Qigong. All are welcome! There will be a variety of teachers present to instruct people how to use Tai Chi and Qigong to improve health, balance and sense of wellbeing. They will be practicing Tai Chi and Qigong by the lake. Call Sue Schulte at 636-274-8851 or Ron Rain at 636-274-5288 for questions.
Instructor Craig Miller is having the celebration in Brentwood Memorial Park (8600 Strassner Drive, MO 63144) from 9 am till 1 pm. Miller stated that no experience is necessary. There will be Tai Chi demonstration, audience-participation group practice, and free Chinese Food served at noon (donations accepted for food). Contact Craig Miller at CraigM@TaiChistl.com or 314-280-7500.