Earlier this year “Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi” cited World Tai Chi & Qigong Day as indicative of the global invasion of the ancient Chinese health practices of tai chi and qigong.
Harvard Medical School even held a series of Tai Chi as Medicine Conference Presentations that were released on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day this year to celebrate this global health event. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2013 was celebrated, as it is each year, on the last Saturday of April in over 80 nations, with massive events in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Portugal, Havana Cuba, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and cities worldwide.
Euroenews, Associated Press Television, and BBC Television covered events including features of mass tai chi events held across Latin America in honor of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day was co-founded by Kansas born, Bill Douglas, and Hong Kong born and raised, Angela Oi Yue Wong Douglas, co-authors of a best selling tai chi book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi and QiGong. The couple initially created this global event to educate the world about the profound health benefits of tai chi and qigong and to thank Chinese culture for this gift to the world. However, over time the event also became an opportunity to bring people together all across the world, to connect for the purpose of personal and global health & healing, adopting the motto “One World … One Breath.”
In past years events have been held on the last Saturday of April in such diverse places as Jerusalem Israel, Tehran Iran, Cairo Egypt, Hong Kong, Brasilia Brasil, South Africa, Montevideo Uruguay, San Salvador El Salvador, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and really in most of the world.
Events have been covered by The New York Times; CNN; FOX News; BBC Television; Agence France Presse TV; China’s Xinhua News Agency; Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post; and media worldwide.
In 2013 Brazil’s National Council of Deputy’s honored World Tai Chi & Qigong Day and its Brazilian organizers, Master Woo and Jose Milton Olivera, joining the President of Croatia’s office in recognizing this global health event. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has been officially proclaimed by officials worldwide including the Senates of New York, California, and Puerto Rico, as well as by governors of 22 US States.
This month the event’s founders, Bill and Angela Wong Douglas, were received by the US Consulate in Hong Kong to strategize how to further expand participation in Hong Kong and Macao, and the Consulate introduced World Tai Chi & Qigong Day’s Founders to Hong Kong government officials to facilitate future events becoming even more massive in Hong Kong.
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day organizers are also in discussion with Peoples Republic of China officials at the New York Consulate to discuss ways to collaborate with Chinese tai chi and qigong organizations to further expand the use of tai chi and qigong worldwide through World Tai Chi & Qigong Day’s annual global health education events.
While in Hong Kong, the event’s founders met with William Tsang of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and met to envision the possibility of a 2016 Tai Chi and Qigong Global Medical Conference, that would invite researchers from around the world, as well as tai chi and qigong enthusiasts and teachers from the 80 nations celebrating World Tai Chi & Qigong Day each year.
WTCQD Founder, Bill Douglas, stated, “Hong Kong would be the perfect place for such a global Tai Chi & Qigong Medical Conference, as a nod to Chinese culture for creating these amazing health tools, that emerging medical research suggests could save the world trillions of dollars in future health costs, if these tools were adopted on a massive scale worldwide. We recently met with Dr. Luk, the Hong Kong WTCQD organizer who uses qigong with breast cancer patients in Hong Kong, and she is intent on making Hong Kong’s event one of the largest WTCQD events in the world. We would like to make Hong Kong’s 2016 event the largest WTCQD event ever worldwide, by holding it in conjunction with this vision of a global medical conference, inviting tai chi and qigong practitioners from all over the world to come to Hong Kong’s WTCQD event in 2016 to attend WTCQD there, and to attend the medical conference. This event will make history, and influence healthcare for decades into the future, in a way that may save the world trillions of future healthcare dollars. And while doing that it will enable the millions worldwide who have benefited from these ancient arts to give a bow of gratitude and a nod of recognition to Chinese culture, the source of these amazing gifts to the world.”