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

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Save the Date!

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
  • 9:00am - 4:30pm
  • Ohlone College Newark Center, 39399 Cherry Street, Newark

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

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

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
  • 9:00am - 4:30pm
  • Session Schedule
  • Ohlone College Newark Center, 39399 Cherry Street, Newark, CA 94560 (Maps & Directions)
  • All workshops and events are Free and Open to the Public
  • $4 Parking Fee enforced

People practicing Tai Chi outside on green grass.

  • Performances
    • Classic Qigong Routines
    • Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong Performance Team
  • Seminars and Workshops
    • Decoding Vitamins and Supplements
    • Brain Health
    • Food to Enhance Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
    • Qi and Tai Chi
    • Group Qigong Meditation

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 welcome and the participatory community warm up and popular Tai Chi and Qigong routines led by Master May Chen and the Ohlone College Tai Chi and Qigong students and Performance Team and Club members. Throughout the day, select topics relevant to healthy lifestyle choices will be showcased. Among the guest presenters are Mamie Chow, TCM practitioner (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine) and a Black Belt Tae Kwon Do teacher. Mamie’s new workshop “Food to Enhance Your Mind, Body, and Spirit” promises to be a “sold out” event. Victoria Leiphart, M.D. from Washington Hospital, will present two lectures: “Brain Health” and “Decoding Vitamins and Supplements”. Master Bryant Fong, Head Coach of the UC Berkeley Martial Arts Program, one of the most respected and highly regarded Wushu masters in the US and China, will demonstrate Chen Style Tai Chi sword and, by popular request, lead a mini workshop on “Qi and Tai Chi”.

Ohlone College students will lead learn and practice workshops on basic alignment in Classic Qigong routines and Master May Chen will lead a Qigong Meditation in the late afternoon to bring the day to a close.

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, and Washington Hospital.

Session Schedule

Time Presenter Session Location
9:00am – 9:45am
  • Master May Chen
  • Ohlone Tai Chi Qigong Club and Performance Team
  • Welcome
  • Tai Chi & Qigong Community Warm Up And Group Practice
Amphitheater (weather permitting)
10:00am – 10:55am

Victoria Leiphart, MD

Decoding Vitamins and Supplements Room NC2100
11:05am – 12:00pm Victoria Leiphart, MD Brain Health Room NC2100
12:00pm - 12:45pm Community Lunch Break Lunch and networking Downstairs Lobby
12:30pm – 1:00pm Ohlone Tai Chi Qigong Club and Performance Team
  • Five Animal Forms Classic Qigong Routines
  • Learn and Practice Active Session
Room NC1407 (Fitness Studio)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Mamie Chow Food to Enhance Your Mind, Body, and Spirit Room NC2100
2:45pm - 3:45pm Master Bryant Fong Qi and Tai Chi Workshop Studio ‐ NC1407
4:00pm - 4:20pm Master May Chen Group Qigong Meditation Studio ‐ NC1407
4:20pm - 4:30pm Master May Chen Closing Remarks Studio - NC1407

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 workshop on Qigong Meditation, giving participants a glimpse of the new for-credit course being offered to Ohlone students in Summer and Fall 2017.

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."

Foods that Promote Resiliency and Clarity

This workshop will provide an overview of how traditional Eastern medicine views food and its medicinal actions. Every food has unique properties and can support different organs. Learn which foods promote healing and resiliency, especially during stressful times and which foods improve clarity -- of the mind, body and spirit. Participants will get to sample delicious and super nourishing foods.

Victoria Leiphart, M.D.

Victoria Leiphart, M.D. has practiced OB/GYN medicine in the Bay area since 1989 and in Fremont since 1992. Many of the young women in her practice were delivered by her and she has traveled the journey from new mom to empty nester with their mothers. She considers it a privilege to share the joy of new life with so many wonderful patients.

Since 1999, her practice has been exclusively gynecology, and includes alternatives to hysterectomy, family planning, and menopausal medicine. She enjoys the collaborative relationships she has with each patient – addressing their concerns and providing information so that each patient can make the health care choices that most suit her needs. She is particularly interested in the management and prevention of disease with nutrition, exercise and stress management (lifestyle medicine). “I believe that treatment of illness is not enough. As a physician, my role is to promote wellness and to provide women with the guidance that will allow them to achieve their best health.”

Dr. Leiphart was honored to give the keynote address at the 2012 and 2014 Women’s Healthcare Conferences at Washington Hospital. She has been teaching wellness classes at Washington Hospital since 2014, including a free monthly educational and support group called Women Empowering Women.   She is a frequent speaker at community events and addresses women’s health topics as well as lifestyle change.  She is proud to be on multiple Top Doctors and Best Doctors lists since 1996. 

“I try to practice what I preach. I enjoy yoga, hiking and reading, and I am a healthy but lazy cook.” 


  • Board Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Residency: New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center
  • Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Arts: University of Virginia

Professional Organizations

  • Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • North American Menopause Society

Dr. Leiphart’s session on Decoding Vitamins and Supplements will address the role that supplements play in overall health.  Does a multivitamin prevent illness?  Will a supplement make you stronger?  Thinner?  Smarter?  Will it protect your heart or prevent cancer?  You can expect answers to these questions and more.

Brain Health will cover our struggle to maintain brain power, particularly as we age.  Do supplements work?  Do computer programs help to make us smarter?  What is helpful and what is a waste of time and money? You’ll have to attend her lecture to find out the answers to these questions!

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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