World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2017- Health and Wellness Department

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Save the Date!

The 2017 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Ohlone College Newark Center, 39399 Cherry Street, Newark. Please check back in early 2017 for details!

Enjoy these photos from the 2016 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day!

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

People practicing Tai Chi outside on green grass.

  • Performances
    • Alignment in the Eight Section Brocade
    • Body Movements in Five Animal Forms
    • Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong Competition Team
  • Seminars and Workshops
    • 45 Minute "Learn & Practice" Sessions
    • Tai Chi and Qigong for Healthy Longevity
    • Everyday Food as Medicine
    • Therapeutic Hypnosis and Guided Imagery
    • Qi and Tai Chi

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 9:00am with a group warm up and demonstrations by the award winning Ohlone College Tai Chi and Qigong students and Competition Team. Lectures include Master May Chen's highly anticipated presentation on "Tai Chi and Qigong for Healthy Longevity," beginning at 10:00am and followed by Mamie Chow's "Everyday Food as Medicine." Lisa Petrocchi joins us this year with an engaging seminar on the use of therapeutic hypnosis and guided imagery as a meditative practice for stress management and self-healing. Bryant Fong returns with a demo of his renowned skills and his engaging participatory workshop on Qi and Tai Chi. Ohlone College students will lead learn and practice workshops on basic alignment in the Eight Section Brocade and synchronized body movements in Five Animal Forms.

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. 

Sponsored by Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong Club,, World Qigong Congress.

Session Schedule

Time Presenter Session Location
9:00am – 9:45am
  • Master May Chen
  • Ohlone Competition Team
  • Welcome
  • Tai Chi & Qigong Community Warm Up And Group Practice
Amphitheater (weather permitting)
10:00am – 11:15am
  • Master May Chen
  • Tai Chi and Qigong for Healthy Longevity
Lecture Room NC2100
11:20am – 11:50am Ohlone Tai Chi Qigong Club and Competition Team Workshop
  • Eight Section Brocade
  • Learn and Practice Active Session
Treadway Courtyard
11:50am – 12:30pm Community Lunch Break Lunch and networking Downstairs Lobby
12:30pm – 1:00pm Ohlone Tai Chi Qigong Club and Competition Team
  • Five Animal Forms
  • Learn and Practice Active Session
Room NC1407 (Fitness Studio)
1:00pm – 2:15pm Mamie Chow Everyday Food as Nutrition for Your Body Room NC2100
2:30pm – 3:15pm Lisa Petrocchi Guided Visual Imagery and Medical Hypnotherapy Room NC2100
3:15pm – 4:15pm Master Bryant Fong Chen Style Tai Chi Sword Demo and Tai Chi Today Workshop Studio ‐ NC1407
4:15pm – 4:30pm Master May Chen Closing Remarks Studio ‐ NC1407

Download the World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2016 Session Schedule (PDF).

Presenter Biographies

May Chen in pose with left leg stretched far in front of her.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 adviser to the Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong Club. Master Chen teaches the popular Saturday morning Ohlone College Community Ed Tai Chi Qigong Basics class.

May Chen was awarded Tai Chi Master of the Year 2010 by the World Qigong Congress. Master Chen received her MA in Gerontology from USC, summer 2015. Her unique teaching style facilitates a Tai Chi and Qigong based lifelong fitness and leisure pursuit through understanding and incorporating the inherent theoretical, philosophical and physical foundations of self-defense, fitness, and meditation. Along with emphasizing contemporary health sciences perspectives—the regard for the physicality, range of motion, and safety in motion—she actively seeks to perpetuate the beauty and wisdom of the classic forms with today's mindset and lifestyle.

The Ohlone College Tai Chi, Beginning and Intermediate, and Qigong I, Qigong II course credits are university transferable.

Master May credits Grandmaster Wang Xian, ChenJiaGo, China, for fostering and mentoring a personal passion into a lifelong sharing process, through teaching while addressing continual refinement in practice and appreciation for healthy longevity.

Master Chen will present a talk on "Tai Chi and Qigong for Healthy Longevity in the 21st Century."

Mamie Chow

Mamie Chow spent the first half of her professional life in social organizations, advocating equity and systems change. She loved the people and sense of community in her work, but years of sitting in front of a computer cost multiple injuries and a lot of physical pain. It was Chinese medicine and training in martial arts that healed Mamie from the inside out. She realized she needed a career that brought together her social justice values with her desire to support people’s health and healing. She is currently a second degree black belt instructor at her women's Tae Kwon Do school and licensed practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. Her private practice is based in Oakland.

Mamie is passionate about educating people about health, nutrition and physical movement from an Eastern medicine perspective. She strongly believes that when people have more knowledge, they make healthier choices. In her free time, Mamie loves to travel with her partner, walk their 19-year-old Labrador retriever and develop easy, delicious, and healthy recipes.

"I think many people are trying to figure out ways to eat healthier in our hurried and stressed out life."

Mamie's "Everyday Food as Medicine" workshop covers these areas:

  • Why certain foods are so addictive and how to break free from junk food cravings
  • Intro to Eastern food medicine
  • Healing properties of specific foods and how to cook easy, delicious dishes

Lisa Petrocchi

Lisa Petrocchi is a Medical and master Hypnotherapist. A native Californian, she was born and raised on the Peninsula. Growing up in the Bay Area, she appreciated the unique energy of the landscape and embraced the Bay Area’s diversity. Lisa has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of California at Berkeley. She understands we all have our own history. When dealing with yesterday’s actions and events, our past, we may feel guilty, ashamed, angry, or judgmental. We judge our past from today’s perspective, by who we are today. Yet we are a different person today than we were then. That is our history. Lisa will help you prepare for your future by creating your new history today. Your future starts today, not tomorrow. As C. S. Lewis wrote, “There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

Lisa is Administrative Director at the Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy (PASOH) in Palo Alto, California. She manages their Master and Community Outreach Programs. As part of PASOH’s Community Outreach Program, she oversees the Group Guided Imagery sessions at Hope House, a rehabilitation center for women, located in redwood City, California.

Lisa is the Guided Imagery facilitator at Stanford Health (SHC) in Palo Alto, California. She works with patients and their families as well as with the staff throughout the hospital, with a focus on the Bone Marrow Unit and Oncology.

“There is no magic wand or universal cure. Rather they merely need to trust themselves…."

Lisa will present the "Therapeutic Hypnosis and Guided Imagery" workshop. Hypnotherapy and Guided Imagery have gained momentum in recent years as part of our expanding healthcare system. The willing participatory role of an individual is essential to the “healing” formula. Lisa Petrocchi will guide and facilitate attendees in experiencing aspects of relaxing the mind and senses so to cognitively empower oneself to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. With the discovery and knowledge of the power of one’s own mind, attendees to Lisa’s presentation will gain insight and that the capacity to change rests within.

Bryant Fong in pose holding silver ring with two wavy pieces.Master Bryant Fong

Master Bryant 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.

Master Fong will present "Qi and Tai Chi."

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