Salt Lake City will celebrate World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day in Utah on Saturday, April 30, 2017 beginning at 9:30 AM MST. ALL Utah T'ai Chi and Qigong shools are invited, and encouraged to participate in this annual event.
This is a FREE event to the public, and everyone, regardless of age or physical condition, is invited to try these ancient Chinese forms of exercise. Utahns are invited to join local practitioners on the University of Utah campus at the Marriot Library Plaza. This event is sponsored by Professor Bill Parkinson.
World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day was founded in 1998 by Bill Douglas, the author of the best selling "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and Qigong." Losing both of his parents to stress related illnesses energized Douglas to help millions of others worldwide enjoy the health and stress-reduction benefits of T'ai Chi and Qigong. This eventually led him to found the annual global World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day event. The popularity of World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day has spread each year since its founding, and the observance now features events on six continents, in sixty countries, and all fifty of the United States.
"World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day is a loose, fun, flowing, and profoundly effective global celebration and media/educational event," Founder Bill Douglas states. "It was created by people worldwide who have experienced the joy and healing of T'ai Chi and Qigong health sciences and now, for love of humanity, want to share them."
In 2000 Sifu Don Stringham organized the first Utah observance of World Tai Chi Day. This event was held in the backyard of one of Don's students and was attended by Dragon Studios and other T'ai Chi, Qigong, and Falun Gong practitioners. The next year the event tripled in attendance and was moved to the University of Utah, where it has been the primary Salt Lake City observance of this world-wide event ever since.
Along with the Salt Lake City observance, several simultaneous World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day events are happening across the state, including scheduled events in Provo and St. George. To find out more about events happening near you, visit the World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day website at www.worldtaichiday.org.