Ohlone College Celebrates Wellness Through Tai Chi and Qigong with the World

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Fremont, CA-Unfolding across 60 countries and spanning six continents, the 2014 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day takes place Saturday, April 26 and Ohlone College will participate again in the annual celebration. The free, public event, held at the Ohlone College Newark Center, provides attendees an opportunity to enjoy a day of demonstrations, performances, and hands-on seminars on Tai Chi, Qigong, and more.

Attendees will enjoy dynamic performances by Rhythm Dragon Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, the award-winning Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong Competition Team, and the Ohlone College Tai Chi Club.

Group of people doing tai chi on the lawn at the Ohlone College Newark Center.
Sifu May Chen and Ohlone College Tai Chi Students.

During Ohlone College's World Tai Chi and Qigong Day event, some of the top experts in wellness from across the Bay Area will lead seminars throughout the day. Sifu Bryant Fong, one of the first American Wushu coaches to be certified by the Chinese Wushu Association, and coach for the Martial Arts Program at UC Berkeley is one of the presenters. Sifu May Chen, festival organizer, who is a world-class martial artist and was awarded the Tai Chi Master of the Year Award in 2010 from the World Qigong Congress, will lead Tai Chi and Qigong sessions.

"This year's focus is on the internal aspects of Tai Chi and Qigong," says Sifu Chen, who has been an instructor at Ohlone College since 2008. "The mind-body-spirit connection is inherent in the Tai Chi Qigong practice."

Sifu Bryant Fongt.Sifu Bryant Fong, Martial Arts Coach at UC Berkeley, Certified by Chinese Wushu Association.

Sifu Chen continued, "I want to instill in my students the benefits derived from diligent practice. It cultivates confidence, bravery, and compassion."

Other presenters include, Mary Horngren, CMHT (Certified Medical Hypnotherapist) from Stanford Medical Center, who will lead "Guided Imagery for Your Health and Well-Being." Mamie Chow will give a seminar on "Traditional Chinese Medicine in Modern Times," and Deb Parziale, Certified Acupressure Practitioner will also present a guided, hands-on seminar in acupressure.

Last year over 300 people joined Ohlone College in discovering healing and wellness through Tai Chi and Qigong as they participated in the event taking place worldwide.

This year Ohlone participates again in the worldwide celebration through the Health and Wellness Center at the Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology, 39399 Cherry Street in Newark, on Saturday, April 26, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. A nominal $2 parking fee will be enforced after 12 noon. For a complete schedule of performances, sessions, presenter bios, and photos from last year, please visit www.ohlone.edu/go/taichi.

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