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Tai Chi Friends Around the World

5 Apr 2009
Friday evening I was practicing Tai Chi outside of my neighborhood, near a duck pond just south of the Galleria. After more than a half hour of practice I was approached cautiously by a Chinese man, about my own age, who apologized for interrupting me, and introduced himself as a Tai Chi practitioner visiting from Las Vegas. Since he is a Yang stylist, as I am, he recognized my movements and soon we were exchanging lineages and stories about common Tai Chi ancestors; as such as are cousins, in the Tai Chi way of referring to fellow practitioners in terms of filial relationships. We ended up trading phone numbers and e-mail addresses like long-lost relatives.

Our exchange was one of the beautiful aspects of Tai Chi. It is not unusual. Tai Chi Chuan unites people of nationalities and ethnicities from all around the world. In my classes I have, or have had,students from Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Phillipines, Romania, South Africa, and Thailand. AND the United States.

In three weeks this beauty will span the globe, on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day - Saturday, April 25. Beginning in New Zealand, Tai Chi practitioners will start moving at 10 a.m. In every subsequent time zone it will continue, at 10 a.m., for an entire day, until Tai Chi has continuously and completely encircled the globe with a veil of qi (chi), the energy that maintains the life force in all of us.

Locally we will meet at the Houston Arboretum for our own observation of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. You do not need Tai Chi experience to participate; there will be opportunities for everyone, experienced and inexperience alike, to feel the joy of Tai Chi first hand. I hope you can be there, and bring some friends or family members. They will not forget it.


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