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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

May Chen Honored as Tai Chi Master of the Year

May Chen teaching a Tai Chi class.May Chen teaching a Tai Chi class at the Ohlone College Total Health and Wellness Center in Newark. —Photo by Rod Searcey.

Fremont, CA—May Chen, an instructor at Ohlone College, has been selected as the Tai Chi Master of the Year by the World Qigong Congress. Ms. Chen will receive this prestigious honor at the 12th Annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Gala Dinner and Event at the Whitcomb Hotel in San Francisco on April 24, 2010.

Sifu Chen and her students from Ohlone will perform at public demonstrations in Union Square as part of the as part of the conference. Chen and her students open the program by leading the Tai Chi warm-ups including the Eight Section Brocade. The demonstrations begin at 9:45 a.m. The event will be webcast live to 65 countries.

May Chen is a world-class martial arts competition medalist and a popular teacher at the Ohlone College Newark Center for Health and Sciences and Technology. She is proficient in Yang and Chen styles of Tai Chi, open hand and weapons. May also teaches Qigong and serves as President of the USA Health Qigong Association. May teaches classes at Ohlone College and through Ohlone for Healthy Living, an adult community education program, and has been teaching in the Fremont area for many years.

Having immigrated to the US from Taiwan as a child, May had assimilated into American life without much reference or access to Asian culture. After years of studying dance, May happened upon a group of Tai Chi practitioners in Central Park. Her first attempt in following the group brought her an immediate sense of peace unlike anything she had experienced before; an unexplained intellectual/spiritual kinship to the postures. "I knew I'd found my way home," says Ms. Chen.

May Chen is the first woman to receive the Tai Chi Master of the Year award from the World Qigong Congress. She is thankful for discovering her cultural heritage and purpose in life through Tai Chi and Qigong.

For more information on the Ohlone College Total Health and Wellness Center visit or contact Robin Kurotori at 510-742-2350 or For information on the 12th Annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, please visit their web site at


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