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Possible Video Training to Help Spread Tai Chi to the Masses ...

Hello Bill
I have been teaching Tai Chi & Qigong for
nearly 25 years now.
As I get older (72 now) I find that in my
personal daily practice and in my classes
I am putting increasingly more emphasis
on the Qigong aspect. It also really helps
the students to deepen their form. 

Your plans for these videos seem to me to
be completely in line with what is needed
as our culture moves even more into its
Head and away from its Body (Grounding).
I am interested in how this [video instructional
series] develops.
Dek, United Kingdom

Be sure to s croll down for more on
possible video 
Training Project ...


Hi Bill,

Thank you for bringing my attention to
the Symposium for Integrative Health &
Tai Chi Retreat. I wasn't aware of it. I
actually put it into my list of events in
2017. It's really exciting to see all
these events all over the world!

I wish you a wonderful day,

Coming Up: September 8, 9, & 10
Welcome to the Symposium for Integrative Health Tai Chi Retreat website. Here you will find all things Symposium.

What Is the Symposium?

Don't miss the truly revolutionary yet fun-filled Symposium for Integrative Health Tai Chi Retreat on Sept 8, 9, and 10, 2017, held at Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island, NJ. Three days of health seminars, research presentations, martial arts workshops, spiritual retreat activities.
  • Academic research presentations Friday morning.
  • Fabulous renowned workshop leaders Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons.
  • Spiritual activities mornings and evenings.
  • Scrumptious formal banquet on Saturday evening followed by spectacular film festival showing of Tai Chi in Cancer Care.
  • Meet fellow practitioners from all over.
  • Inaugural event that should not be missed.
Primary Hosts: Taijiquan Enthusiasts Organization & Asklepios (an integrative health research group), PO Box 564, Douglassville, PA 19518 
Currently looking for workshop leaders and sponsors. 
Sponsorships and ads in the program are available until June 30, 2017. 



Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day to speak via live
webcam on Friday, September 8th, to open the Symposium.


He will be presenting on "HOW TO GET TAI CHI INTO THE MASS PUBLIC WORLDWIDE: Tai Chi as a Nei Gong
Internal Arts Meditation Practice for Health"


I should warn you that there are only 20 beds in the shared rooms left, so you may want to register earlier rather than later.  You can register online or send a paper version in the mail along with your payment - but do it soon.  I don't want to have to tell someone that we are out of beds.  Online I can take down the option once we are full up, but I can't do that with the paper.
For those of you who want better accommodations than shared rooms, check out the sponsoring motels and other hotels on the Island on our Lodging page ( ).
To see the workshops schedule so far ( ).
To see the scrumptious menu we have planned ( ).
I'll be sending out another email soon regarding Sponsorship and Promocodes, so keep your eyes peeled.
In the meantime, please consider joining the ranks of the truly appreciated and blessed volunteers of the Symposium.
Dr. CJ Rhoads

Dr. Rhoads with World Tai Chi Day Founder, Bill Douglas, at the        
International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium at Vanderbilt University (above/right)        

Stress is the #1 killer in the world. Sleep deprivation and insomnia are epidemic for teens and adults in much of the fast-paced world today.

What Components of 
Tai Chi
can Make It the World's Leading
Stress Management Strategy?

What focus on Tai Chi can make it applicable to corporate, healthcare, public education, special education, penal rehab., and senior care settings

Tai Chi as a Mindfulness Meditation ...

Also, advantages of using your Tai Chi style to create an effective "short form"
that can reap Tai Chi benefits more quickly

The breath is the key to making Tai Chi a meditation.

* Tip of the Tongue Touches the gum line behind the front top 2 teeth
* Fill from the Dan Tien, all the way up to the chest, Empty from the chest all the way down to the Dan Tien ... relaxed full open breaths ...

Video courtesy of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong" (4th edition)

* Breathing in as we "prepare" for a movement ... then exhaling as we "sink" into a leg or movement
* Feeling the body "let go" and surrender to gravity and flow as we sink
* Feeling the "internal/yin" awareness of the subtleties of our body's sensation, alignment, breathing ... take us out of the Yang/BetaBrainWave/LeftBrain consciousness ... and into the Yin/Contemplative/Non-Linear/RightBrain/AlphaWave meditative state

Video courtesy of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong" (4th edition)

Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's
Possible Global Education Project ...

"Tai Chi as Qigong  Medically Beneficial  Health Practice " Learning and Teaching Program 
by Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Hi, Bill:  I am definitely interested in your
video series. Please keep me in the loop as
things develop.  Thanks for all of the
wonderful ways you and Angie continue to
make available T'ai Chi and Qigong resources
on a global basis.  With all of the controversy
surrounding wellness and healthcare
(especially in America), T'ai Chi & Qigong
have so much to offer, so the timing of your
proposed video series couldn't be better!  
Thanks for all you do!

Anna M. Pergola,

Hi Bill,
I teach tai chi and I would be interested in this course.
Thank you!
Lili Just Simons

Hi, Mr. Douglas
I would be very interested in a video series on
gearing tai chi practice to more medical/ mind/body
specific approaches. 

I have presented to a couple different professional
wellness groups but have a hard time getting it to
"stick" with people ... [I] feel I need to dial in to
the stress relief aspect more specifically. I've
been teaching for over 15 years ... 
I'd appreciate any insight into
fast tracking the process.

Thanks for all the great work you do and the
information you provide
Mike Wiseman
Bozeman Chinese Martial Arts

Note from Bill Douglas:
If I can get more involved,
I can do this training video
series cheaper for everyone...

If you're interested in this proposed
Tai Chi as Qigong for Health video series,
reply to:

with "Tai Chi as Medically Beneficial Qigong Health Meditation Practice Video Series"
in subj. line

I have created tons of free resources to tell Tai Chi teachers how to get into society at all levels, by doing presentations in public education, special education, health networks, corporate wellness, senior, and penal rehab. settings. But, how do you actually create a one hour Tai Chi presentation that will actually have a big impact on people in such situations like a corporation or a hospital? Easier said than done. 

This series will also explore how you can use YOUR current Tai Chi form to create a highly effective "short form" that is more conducive to deep Tai Chi benefits more quickly, for general public participants.

But, while Angela and I have been organizing WTCQD for nearly 2 decades, I have been pioneering this very presentation myself by evolving my Tai Chi into an extremely effective "Tai Chi as Qigong Meditation" medically beneficial science based approach that after just a one hour class can leave participants with profound tangible immediate sensation/benefits. 

I am considering sharing this process with enthusiasts and teachers worldwide, for the same reason we created WTCQD, because I think it can help spread Tai Chi into the world at all corners of society.

You can do this as well. I am NOT talking about getting you to learn a new form of Tai Chi or Qigong, but by adding another angle to your practice or teaching ... a very easily accessible Meditation angle that students can enjoy benefits from the first day ... it can expand your reach into your community profoundly.

I have done it for 25 years, creating a full time professional Tai Chi teaching career by expanding Tai Chi into corporate wellness; modern healthcare institutions; aging and senior facilities; public schools; universities (medical and others); Veterans Administration hospitals; and even maximum security prisons. 
Hong Kong Polytechnic Bill
WTCQD Founder consulting at Hong Kong Polytechnic University's renowned "Tai Chi Research Center," with Professor William Tsang

Something happened to me while doing a Tai Chi teacher training in North Africa last month ... that made me decide to do something I have never done before ... to consider doing a Tai Chi Teacher Training program in "Tai Chi as a Medically Beneficial Qigong Health Practice" for teachers & others worldwide. 

What happened in Africa, was a French Canadian Tai Chi teacher, well versed in Tai Chi training, was stunned by the Tai Chi as Qigong Meditation techniques I exposed him to, exclaiming at the end of the training, "Bill, that was FANTASTIQUE!." 

The look of wonder on his face, on the face of a man steeped in Tai Chi, but never exposed to this angle of Tai Chi
 as Medically Beneficial Qigong Health Meditation, stuck with me, and made me decide to make this offer (perhaps, depending on if any of you reply with interest. See below). It wasn't the first time this had happened. In our travels around the world, my Tai Chi as Medically Beneficial Qigong Health  Meditation approach had really amazed highly experienced Tai Chi practitioners worldwide.

I am considering the possibility of doing a multi-part series of videos on "How to Make Tai Chi a Medically Beneficial Qigong Health Meditation Practice." Before I put such effort into a project like this, I would need to know if there is interest. If there is I will create a free Introduction video this summer. The ensuing videos, I would make available on Youtube, but would need to charge for them. Why? Some might ask. Well, because I simply can't afford to give myself away entirely. Organizing WTCQD and providing all the free resources we've given out freely for nearly 2 decades, has demanded time away from my own local Tai Chi teaching in Kansas City (which costs me and Angie dearly in time away from our own local teaching practice). To create effective video instructionals is both time consuming and expensive.

If you think this series could be of interest to you, you need to contact me at: with "Tai Chi as Medically Beneficial Qigong Health Meditation Practice Video Series" in the subject line of your email, and I'll add you to a contact list, to keep you updated as this develops. If there is interest in this, I may also add at some point, live online classes to support this Tai Chi as Medically Beneficial Qigong Health Meditation Practice Video Series to further enhance your own Tai Chi practice or teaching. But, if you think this would interest you in the future, you NEED to contact me above, because I will not proceed with this project if I don't hear any interest.

PBS Affiliate, KCPT TV

Bill Douglas's  Tai Chi as  Qigong Meditation  Program at the
University of Kansas Hospital
"How Tai Chi Benefits
Chronic Health Conditions"

What if you could show them big benefits THE FIRST DAY, in a one hour presentation?

Results People Can Feel THE FIRST DAY ...
See below testimonial reports from a one hour corporate presentation I did for Quintiles, Inc. employee staff ... indicative of similar reports from employees at some of the world's largest corporations I presented this same program to: Hallmark, Inc.; Sprint; Associated Wholesale Grocers; BMA Financial; Americo; Catholic Hospice Workers; and for U.S. federal department employees.

Thank you so much for coming to Quintiles today... the glowing 
comments I have rec'd should make you feel great!!   I'm not sure 
the last time I was involved in a project that received this 
much positive feedback so fast.
Thanks, see below reports from employees ...
Molly, Quintiles, Inc.


"I wanted to thank you for arranging for Bill Douglas to present
the Stress Relief workshop using Tai Chi & Qigong. I can't believe
the difference a one hour presentation class could make. I noticed
I actually felt lighter when I was walking and it felt like I could 
actually feel my joints moving.
I know this sounds strange but since I've had my hip and knee 
problems I never feel my joints moving when I walk. I also noticed 
I could feel my shoulders start to tense up because they've been 
in that position for so long but at least now I was aware of it and 
could let them relax again.
I was able to breathe in more deeply than I have been able to do 
for months because of my allergy induced asthma. I swear during 
the breathing exercises I could actually feel my lungs open up and 
I feel more alert and not as tired as I was starting the day."


"I really enjoyed today's Tai Chi/Qigong class. I came to class 
with a headache that had lasted a couple of days. After class 
the headache was gone and I felt relaxed and refreshed."

Tai Chi legends on Bill Douglas's approach to
popularizing Tai Chi for public health

"Sometimes Chinese culture can be difficult to explain.
Sifu Bill Douglas successfully uses American culture to
explain the art of T'ai Chi Chuan. He simplifies difficult
concepts, making them easier to understand. This book
takes the best parts of T'ai Chi and makes them
understandable [to Westerners] without requiring a
grounding in Chinese culture and history."
-- Sifu Yijiao Hong, USA All-Tai Chi Grand Champion and
USA Team member; Certified International Coach and
Judge, International Wushu Federation

"Douglas has achieved for QiGong what Apple did for the
computer. He's brought it to the people ... great place to start
for beginners. ... Teachers may also find this an excellent manual
'on how to explain these concepts to the general public...'"
-- R. Poccia, stress management instructor,
Beyond Anonymous, San Francisco

"Visionary! If you only buy one book on T'ai Chi, then this
is the book. This book is all you ever needed to know to
change your life. I have taught T'ai Chi for several decades
myself, yet I have now read Bill's book from cover to cover
seven times, and still get something new from it each time."
-- Dr. Michael Steward Sr., D.MA, Ph.D., MA, Senior
Coach for Team USA, Inductee of the World Sports
Medicine and World Martial Arts Hall of Fame

I don't want to take this lifetime of development with me when I leave this planet.

Yours in the quest to spread Tai Chi & Qigong benefits
throughout society at all levels worldwide.

Bill Douglas, Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Creator of the University of Kansas Hospital, and Kansas University Medical Center's Tai Chi as Qigong Meditation program;
Creator of the "Tai Chi & Qigong for Parkinson's" DVD, provided free as a public service by physicians all across the United States to patients with Parkinson's
* 2009 Inductee to the World Internal Arts Hall of Fame in New York;
* Recipient of the World Congress on Qigong's "Media Excellence Award";
* Recipient of the National Qigong Association's "Extraordinary Service in the Field of Qigong Award";
* Recipient of the US Tai Chi Chuan Federation's "Tai Chi Leadership Award";
* Author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong (4th edition, Penguin)
* Author of "The Tao of Tai Chi: The Making of a New Science"

CIG 4th Edition
" Somehow, I stumbled upon
this little gem. Folks, I give you
'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tai Chi
and QiGong
' by Bill Douglas and
Angela Wong Douglas". 
I highly recommend giving it a read!"
-- G.T. Francis, Customer Service, Intramural-Recreational Sports, University of Virginia

As a long time university professor,
I am not easily impressed, but I
consider Bill to be an excellent
teacher. His instructions are very
clear, well structured, and easy to
follow. I am extremely grateful to
you for this extraordinary
teaching tool. Well done!
-- Larry, Pennsylvania, United States

"Living an extremely unhealthy life style & taking numerous
medications for arthritis, depression, and pain . . . then one day
while browsing in the library I discovered a book, The
Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and QiGong. I was so
impressed that I ordered Bill's videos [Anthology of T'ai Chi
& Qigong: The Prescription for the Future]. Now that I am
practicing T'ai Chi and QiGong daily I am off most of my
medications. People keep telling me I look "different" and
that I look happy. Well, I am happy and I feel great!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
-- Dave Long, Washington

Akron, Ohio USA Event Gains Media Coverage
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017
OH, Marion

DOWNTOWN AKRON - More than 60 people of all ages took part in a World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2017 event April 29 at the Akron Art Museum. The free community wellness event, sponsored by NG Energy, featured demonstrations, audience participation and a special segment for children, all led by certified tai chi and qigong instructor Nancy Gardner.

Belgioioso, Italia (Sicilian & Italian groups)
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

Wellington, New Zealand
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

Brazil Newspaper Coverage of ... 
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

Tai Chi team coordinated by Prof. 
Thais Devito from the municipality of mogi guaçu-SP Holds meeting in celebration of the world day of tai chi chuan this last Saturday, April 29th 2017. The event is celebrated in more than 80 countries in all Continents. The long fon Quan ( has come to celebrate the world day of tai chi chuan since 2008 under the coordination of Master Marcos Braga In Mogi Mirim-SP and now also in mogi guaçu-SP. Thank you to the Gazette Gazette for the incredible matter.
See more information about activity around the world in World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Equipe de Tai Chi Chuan coordenada pela Prof. 
Thais Devito do município de Mogi Guaçu-SP realiza encontro em comemoração ao Dia Mundial do Tai Chi Chuan neste ultimo sábado, dia 29 de Abril de 2017. O evento é comemorado em mais de 80 países em todos os continentes. A escola União Long Fon Quan ( ) vem realizado a comemoração do dia Mundial do Tai Chi Chuan desde 2008 sob a coordenação do Mestre Marcos Braga em Mogi Mirim-SP e agora também em Mogi Guaçu-SP. Obrigado a A Gazeta Guaçuana pela Incrível matéria.
Veja mais informações sobre as atividade ao redor do mundo em World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

New York  USA  Proclamations 
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017


We just received a letter from a Tai Chi enthusiast in a maximum security prison. He had some concerns about how to train with Qi and Tai Chi without hurting yourself. I thought others might find this helpful.

1)      Tai Chi should NEVER hurt. If it is strenuous, you are over reaching, too wide stance, etc. What you will see looking back, is how Tai Chi was "always effortless," it is our minds "making it hard." Your stances will deepen over time, but not because you forced it or worked at it. It will happen, because as you practice your Tai Chi / Qigong your body will loosen over time, and your stances will be deeper, but it will feel effortless and natural. Don't try to rush it. Keep your Tai Chi easy and effortless.

2)      I do not pack or store Qi. What my journey has revealed is that limitless lightness, or Qi, fills and surrounds every part of the universe. We do not "control" it, or "manage it." There are only 2 options, like a binary computer program: Either we "open" to it, or we squeeze closed off from it. We can only open to it by "letting go," completely and absolutely. When we let go, the energy is limitless, expanding, drifting, flowing ... of its own accord, not ours.

3)      Tai Chi is about untangling, loosening, opening, and flowing. The goal is to learn how to move effortlessly. The forms are not the Tai Chi. The Tai Chi is the surrender, allowing movements to flow through us unimpeded. The word "Nirvana" in Sanskrit means "an exhalation" "to exhale." For there is no greater sense of surrender.

Bill Douglas, Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong"
Author of "The Tao of Tai Chi: The Making of a New Science"
2009 Inductee to the Internal Arts Hall of Fame in New York

Columbia, Maryland USA
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

Bergamo, Italia EUROPEAN UNION
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017


World Tai Chi and Chi Kung Day Egypt 2017
اليوم العالمي للتأمل و السلام الداخلي مصر 2017 -

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

Peace Blossoms Internal Arts, Philippines
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

Maassluis, Netherlands EUROPEAN UNION
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

Allentown, Pennsylvania USA
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

Alex Galvin, Sydney, NSW, Australia
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

Mumbai, India ... Carlton Hill interview ...
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

Houma, Louisiana USA
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

"Stepping Back & Repulsing the Monkey" from the Long Yang Form,
led by Ray Walker of The World Ta'i Chi Boxing Association at
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Harare, Zimbabwe 

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day brings the world together for health & healing ...

Tai Chi and Qigong have become household words in the last years. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's #1 goal has been to educate the mass public about the health and life benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong, and our work has profoundly contributed to this growing global awareness of Tai Chi & Qigong.

"Our Tai Chi programs continue to grow 
and our numbers of Tai Chi Schools continue 
to grow at a phenomenal rate and I feel your 
efforts are fueling this growth worldwide 
and we are all in awe of what the 
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has done."
-- Dave Pickens 
National Chairman Chinese Martial Arts Division 
United States Amateur Athletic Union


1st we organized Tai Chi and Qigong groups worldwide to hold mass Tai Chi & Qigong exhibitions and teach-ins around the world, all on the same day, in a worldwide wave.

2nd, we created the Medical Research Library at to educate Tai Chi and Qigong teachers about the growing medical research on Tai Chi and Qigong health benefits and how it treats many major health issues.

3rd, we taught Tai Chi and Qigong groups worldwide on how to contact and work with local, regional, and national media, to cover their World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events, and then how to use that media exposure as a vehicle to educate the world about the medical research on Tai Chi and Qigong.

4th, we taught Tai Chi and Qigong groups worldwide how to work with local and national government officials and agencies, to proclaim Tai Chi and Qigong's benefits for their city, province, state, and nations' citizens.

5th, we taught Tai Chi and Qigong groups worldwide how to utilize Official Proclamations on their WTCQD events, to gain media and public exposure and recognition.

6th, we compiled video and photos of events worldwide to create mini-documentaries that groups could share worldwide to get even more Tai Chi and Qigong groups involved in World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.


"Your organizing of this global event 
has been very helpful in gaining media 
attention for the benefits of Qi Gong & 
Tai Chi and in creating awareness of 
our school and classes."
-- Howard Fraracci - Qi Gong teacher 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

It takes a huge amount of work, a vision that you hold onto even when times are tough, and some artistry

17 years of receiving and gathering videos and photos from World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events, inspired us to create video montages and libraries of past events. WHY?

To inspire more and more Tai Chi and Qigong groups worldwide to organize and hold World Tai Chi & Qigong Day events around the world. In the beginning, our events were mostly the US, Canada, and Europe.

Then, Hong Kong joined in, and events spread across Asia. Then Egypt held mass events, and events have spread across Africa. Brazilia, Brazil's early work inspired groups all across Latin America. New Zealand and Australia have held events all over their nations.


Make an announcement at your WTCQD events that our Official World Tai Chi & Qigong Day T-Shirts are still available after WTCQD as supplies last, at

Let them know they can wear a beautiful and
meaningful piece of history!

Click to view or order. (Note: orders at this time will not arrive before WTCQD. But, we will get them to you after the event :-)

You can still order T-Shirts even after WTCQD, as supply lasts.
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has worked for 17 years to bring the world together for health & healing.

From one event in Kansas City, 100s of events sprang up in over 80 nations.

Our motto: "One World ... One Breath"

How T'ai Chi can help with chronic health issues
How T'ai Chi can help
with chronic health issues

To all those who have supported our global efforts, a deep thank you.



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