Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Ohlone College Qigong and Tai Chi Students Win Second Place at the Shark City Martial Arts Nationals

Fremont, CA—Ohlone College students exhibited their Qigong and Tai Chi skills on June 4 in San Jose, at the largest Martial Arts championship in the west, the 2011 Shark City Martial Arts Nationals. The event featured over 350 kata, sparring, weapon, and self defense divisions and over 180 Kung Fu and Contemporary Wushu divisions.

The Ohlone Competition Group of nine student participants excelled in the competition and took home numerous group and individual awards. As a team, they earned a second place silver trophy for their Qigong routine, Five Animal Forms “Wu Qin Xi” in the Health Qigong Group Division. The nine participating students included Jumi Lai, Cassandra Naguiat, Lucy Oliva, Thang Vo, Jackson Wise, Lester Yau, Gerard Truong, Nadia Nasiri, and Kevin Rabatan.

In the individual competition, Nadia Nasiri won two gold medals, both in the intermediate level for Qigong Five Animal Forms and the Yang Style Tai Chi. She is part of the Ohlone College Community Education Program. Ohlone student Lucy Oliva won a gold medal for beginning level Yang Style Tai Chi Routine, while Lester Yao won two silvers for Wing Chun form and Sparring. All students received positive feedback from the judges for their clean movements, flow, and martial arts appeal.

The group competed under the coaching of Ohlone College instructor, and the Tai Chi Master of the Year 2010, Sifu May Chen. Chen is a world-class martial arts competition medalist and a popular teacher at the Ohlone College Total Health and Wellness Center in Newark where she teaches classes through both Community Education Ohlone for Healthy Living and the for-credit academic program. 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. Sifu Chen was awarded a 2011 grant from the Arthritis Foundation to introduce and teach Tai Chi for Arthritis in the Fremont area.

The Total Health & Wellness Center is located at the Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology. The Center is a safe and user-friendly environment where students are given the tools they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. Both Tai Chi and Qigong classes are offered through the Community Education program, a no credit option offered in addition to Ohlone’s instructional program. The goal is to provide a wide range of programs to promote lifelong learning through courses aimed at personal enrichment, professional development, skill development, and recreational enjoyment.

For more information on the Ohlone College Total Health and Wellness Center visit or contact Robin Kurotori at 510-742-2350.

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