World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is a worldwide celebration of the healing and health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong. People, across racial, economic, religious, and geo-political boundaries, who share a common vision of hope & healing for our planet and her people come together worldwide on the last Saturday of April every year; and then, at 10 am local time in every time zone across the planet they begin to practice their Tai Chi and Qigong to create a wave of healing energy that circumnavigates the globe and to provide an example multicultural and international co-operation to the world.
This year the event was held again at Los Poblano's fields and was very well attended, with about 40 participants. Sifu Dug - who brought the observance of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day to New Mexico in 2007 - led the crowd in Tai Chi Qigong, the Chen Man Ching Tai Chi form, a Guang Ping Tai Chi short form, and conducted a workshop on the Five Animals Frolic Qigong form (the oldest known Qigong Form).
This event continues to be a great success and Lotus Dragon is grateful to all the participants and the Albuquerque Open Space staff to allowing us to utilize this beautiful location for this event.
Again our kung fu family will be training Tai Chi, Bagua, Hsing- yi and Qigong on the beach and in the Atlantic Ocean Sunday July 21st to Thursday the 25th. We'll be doing Tai Chi and Qigong on the beach every morning, Push-hands, Hsing-yi in the surf in the afternoons and Bagua in the park in the evening, as well as spontaneous trainings on various weapons and other advanced forms. We'll also include trips to various fun East Coast cities and attractions.
Afterward we'll be attending the US International Kuoshu Championships at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley Maryland which is about 20 miles outside Baltimore. This is still the best run and most organized Chinese Martial Arts Tournament in North America. We always have lots of fun with Kung fu family and friends at the Kuoshu Championships. Here's the webpage: http://www.usksf.org/
On the same weekend the National Qigong Association's 18th annual conference will be held at the Hilton Double Tree Valley Forge in King of Prussia, PA, Friday, July 26 - Sunday, July 28th. There will be 24 sessions, special keynote addresses, impromptu Qigong and musical gatherings, plus all the wonderful camaraderie you would expect from the friends of the NQA. Gary Giamboi their Outreach Chairperson has personally invited our Kung fu family and asked that our family members contact him when we get there. Here's their webpage http://nqa.org/2013/01/the-2013-nqa-conference/
In January 2013, Lotus Dragon began webcasting its Saturday classes to Sifu Dug's students around the world. Using the internet, students from all over can now tune in to participate in workshops, classes, and seminars in the comfort of their own home or school. The events are conducted through powhow.com and are live and interactive, and feel almost like being in the Kuan. Not only can you watch and follow Sifu live, he can watch and correct your form in real time, as well as answer any question you may have. And, as a bonus, you get the bad jokes that you out-of-town students miss so much...
In the near future, Sifu plans on webcasting his national seminars and workshops when he starts traveling to the Sister Schools.
Click on the following links for class schedules and information:
Wu Clan Advanced Internal Martial Arts Class (Saturday afternoon)
- Tai Chi with the Cranes a Success
- Lotus Dragon Welcomes Eric S. "Scotty" Williams, LMT to the Wellness Center
- Lotus Dragon has Moved!
- Sifu Dug receives Lifetime Achievement Award
- Jersey Shore Retreat - 2011 Edition
- Lotus Dragon at 2011 US Kuo Shu Championships
- World Tai Chi Day 2011 - A River (of Qi) ran through it...
- Tai Chi with the Cranes