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April 24 is World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day

The article to the right shares the history of this event which apparently started in 1999, by Bill Douglas in  Kansas City.     The next year other Tai Chi and Qigong groups joined in from several nations, and World Tai Chi Day was born,

This soon became World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD), at the suggestion of Roger Jahnke, co-founder of the National Qigong Association. 

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The History of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day APRIL 24th

(since 1999)

Article by: Bill Douglas, Founder of WTCQD, Kansas City, USA

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (celebrated annually in 80 nations) was first inspired by me, a Kansas City, USA tai chi teacher, whose growing frustration with the fact that mainstream media and health institutions were not grasping, or educating the public, on the profound benefits Internal Arts could have on their readers/viewers/patients and on society at large. So, in a meditation, I had this vision of creating a mass Tai Chi exhibition and inviting the media to cover a visual display "too spectacular for them to ignore," as Tai Chi is very visual - and then used that media microphone the mass Tai Chi spectacle had enabled to educate the mass public on the profound science on Internal Arts.

On that first day of this event in Kansas City, major media covered it, including CNN News, and the next year other Tai Chi and Qigong groups joined in from several nations, and World Tai Chi Day was born, which soon became World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD) at the suggestion of Roger Jahnke, co-founder of the National Qigong Association. Today this event is held annually in over 80 nations, and has been officially proclaimed by government officials and bodies worldwide, including: Senates of New York, Puerto Rico, California, and the National Assembly of Brazil; embassies and consulates including: Italy, China, Egypt, India, etc.

 

As this event drew in support from Internal Artists and governments around the world, its motto became "One World ... One Breath," and became a vision of global cooperation and harmony, as well as a both profound and practical solution to our global health crisis, and spiralling health costs worldwide.