World Tai Chi Day

World Tai Chi Day

Roger Rutz (in the white shirt)

This year for the 16th annual World Tai Chi Day (World Tai Chi & Qigong Day) PCOM (Pacific College of Oriental Medicine-Chicago) played host to 5 different teachers teaching 5 different styles of taiji and qigong free to the public.

The event coincided with the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day bringing people together in cities all around the world doing taiji and qigong together.

World Tai Chi day

David Hobgood

The motto of the event is “One World… One Breath” and we had lots of people coming together in Chicago to unite with the world community, breathing for a healthier tomorrow. The staff at PCOM were wonderful helping people find their way to the different rooms and offering hot tea or water for those who wanted something to drink.

World Tai Chi Day

Keith Brewer

The classes included Chen style taiji, qigong exercises, Yang style push hands, I really have to thank the school for putting so much into this world tai chi day event. It was totally free to the public with someone from the school even handing out free treatment cards to the PCOM clinic so I can happily say that Focus Tai Chi, working as partners with PCOM are really trying to give people the knowledge to take their health into their own hands.

World Tai Chi Day

Arlene Faulk with Keith Brewer

I really wanted to say something about everyone that participated and how awesome I thought all the instructors were but this post would just have been too long so I thought I’d pick one to talk about. With her determination and patience and through practicing her taiji, she was able to conquer the disabling symptoms of multiple sclerosis and completely re-learn to walk. I can’t say anything else about how powerful this art is for self-healing except to introduce you to Arlene Faulk.

World Tai Chi Day

Aaron Johsnton (on the left) and a new friend

I think that all the instructors and all the participants seemed to have a great time and I love that the staff at PCOM as well as the other instructors and participants could have a place to come together as One World… One Breath. Wherever I go I try to put together something for World Tai Chi Day and I have to say that Chicago and PCOM have done the coolest thing by bringing in all these different instructors. So often in the world of esoteric arts it seems to be about the teacher not the student. By doing this event I think we showed that the school and those instructors involved understand that it’s really about sharing taiji & qigong with the community.

World Tai Chi Day

Roger Rutz (in the white shirt)

It also offered me the chance to get a glimpse of what my upcoming chemistry teacher does when he’s not teaching about molecules and chemicals and stuff. I didn’t get a chance to check out his class but I heard really good things about it from down the hall 🙂

World Tai Chi Day

New Friends

On top of all that I got to meet some very cool new friends. I love meeting more people that are devoted to practicing and spreading the word about taiji and qigong.

Thanks to everyond who came out this year and for thos of you who couldn’t make it, I know it’s a lolng way off but look for us next year and we’ll do it again.

World Tai Chi Day Rocks!!

Now that the fun is over, classes start this week so it’s back to the books for me.