World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2015- Health and Wellness Department

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

The Ohlone College Health and Wellness Department invites you to World Tai Chi and Qigong Day!

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
  • 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • Download the Schedule of Events (PDF)
  • Ohlone College Newark Center, 39399 Cherry Street, Newark, CA 94560 (Maps & Directions)
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • $2 Parking Fee enforced after 12:00pm

People practicing Tai Chi outside on green grass.

  • Performances
  • Seminars and Workshops
    • 45 Minute "Learn & Practice" Sessions
    • Mindfulness Practice
    • Traditional Chinese Medicine: Nutrition & Herbal Supplements
    • Qigong

For more information, please contact Master May Chen at or leave a message at (510) 657-5893.

Tai Chi is a low-impact, weight-bearing, ancient traditional Chinese exercise that has been shown to provide many health benefits including stress reduction, improved balance and strength, reduced pain and stiffness, better sleep and an improved immune system with minimal risk to the participant.

Qigong – pronounced “chee gong” – is an even more ancient traditional Chinese wellness practice that has been referred to as meditative movement. One unique feature of Qigong is the training of the mind to direct the body’s energy, or chi, to any part of the body, thus improving focus, circulation, relieving stress and pain, and restoring health. Tai Chi is encompassed in Qigong. Tai Chi is considered soft Qigong practice. Qigong is commonly thought of as easier than Tai Chi.

The day begins at 9:30am with a group warm up and demonstrations by the award winning Ohlone College Tai Chi and Qigong Competition Team and the Rhythm Dragon Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, with members ranging from 4-18 years. Workshops including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Mindfulness, and Master May Chen’s presentation “Qigong: Classic Perspectives and Contemporary Applications” begin at 11:30am and continue until 3:30pm.

Last year over 300 people joined Ohlone College in discovering healing and wellness through Tai Chi and Qigong.  We invite you to participate this year and experience for yourself the many benefits Tai Chi and Qigong have in store for you.  This event is free and open to the public.  Families are encouraged to attend the morning demonstrations.

Presenter Biographies

Dragon Rhythm Shaolin Kung Fu Academy

Shaolin Kung Fu is a time-tested, comprehensive system for physical and spiritual wellness. At Dragon Rhythm Shaolin Kung Fu, students learn and grow from traditional Shaolin training and culture. Dragon Rhythm Shaolin Kung Fu Academy is located in Mission San Jose, Fremont. Master/Master Yuan Long is a world class competitor, performer, and is highly regarded for his skills, showmanship, and outstanding dedication to teaching.

Kids in the Dragon Rhythm Shaolin Kung Fu Academy.

Master May Chen

Master May Chen has been teaching and developing the Tai Chi and Qigong program at Ohlone College since 2008. She is also the Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong Competition Team coach and faculty advisor to the Ohlone College Tai Chi Club. Her unique teaching style facilitates a Tai Chi and Qigong based lifestyle through understanding, drilling, and incorporating the inherent foundations of self-defense, fitness, and meditation, along with emphasizing contemporary health sciences approaches – the regard for the physicality, range of motion, and safety in motion. Master May’s Qigong courses are UC transferable and will be available this Fall Semester, 2014, under Health.

Master May credits Grandmaster Wang Xian, Chen Jia Go, China, for fostering and mentoring an otherwise “improbable” career. His generous and unselfish instructions, inspiration, guidance, and encouragement enlightened Master May’s pursuit for excellence in personifying the Tai Chi Spirit both in practice and as a role model.

Mamie Chow

Mamie Chow spent the first half of her professional life in social justice organizations, advocating for racial, educational and economic equity. She also trained in martial arts for 15 years and is a 2nd degree black belt at her women's Tae Kwon Do school. Mamie is also a co-founder of Self Defense for Self Determination, a collective that provides free and low-cost self defense trainings to women, girls and queer people of color. In 2010, Mamie returned to school to become a traditional Chinese medical practitioner. She is about to graduate and what she loves most is using tiny needles and 2,000 year old herbal formulas to alleviate suffering and strengthen the mind-body-spirit connection. She is also passionate about educating people on how traditional Chinese medicine works because she believes we are the most powerful agents of our own change. For fun, Mamie loves walking her 16.5 year old dog, eating delicious Asian food and bringing people together.

Master Bryant Fong

Master Fong was one of the first American Wushu Coaches to be certified by the Chinese Wushu Association. He was formerly a team leader, coach and athlete member of the US National Wushu Team. Master Fong recently became a disciple of Master Zhao Da Yan, one of China's leading expert in Liang Style Baguazhang. Master Fong also studied for more than 30 years with Chen Hun Yan Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang. Master Fong now teaches Taiji at San Francisco City College, and coaches the San Francisco Wushu Team at the YMCA in San Francisco. He is also the coach for the Collegiate National Champion Cal Wushu Team at UC Berkeley. He has been active in promoting and teaching Chinese Martial Arts for over 30 years, and hopes to see it become an Olympic Sport.

Joree Rosenblatt
Mindfulness Practice

Joree Rosenblatt has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and is the founder of Mindfulness – Tools for Living, a company dedicated to bringing mindful awareness and tools to students, adults, parents, educators and corporate businesses. She has done extensive professional training in mindfulness, and has cultivated a deep personal practice. Joree speaks at numerous conferences on the cultivation and implementation of mindfulness into all aspects of life, and writes for several websites, including Huffington Post, Dot Complicated and Expert Beacon. Joree teaches her original mindfulness curriculum onsite in educational settings, leads faculty and staff development trainings, as well as runs Mindful Parenting programs onsite at schools and in the community. She also offers individual mindfulness sessions, group classes, corporate trainings and workshops.

Joree lives in northern California with family, including her two daughters. She is passionate about being a mom, cooking, going on retreats and bringing mindfulness into all aspects of her life. She practices mindfulness on a daily basis, credits it to “changing her life” and giving her the tools to live authentically with greater peace, happiness and presence.

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