The World Tai Chi & Qigong Day was celebrated on 27 April 2019. Australia, due to its geographical position, was one of the first countries to meet it – thousands of Australian Tai Chi & Qigong enthusiasts gathered in the parks or near historic landmarks for this famous annual event. We have received photo reports from many locations, among them:
Epping Creative Centre, Epping, NSW
Wushu & Tai Chi NSW organised a free session at the Epping Creative Centre which attracted both regular and new participants.
Darvall Park, Denistone, NSW
The Eastwood Tai Chi Group celebrated WTCQD at Darvall Park, Denistone on Saturday 27th April.
Some enthusiastic members went at 7 am to set up the banners and layout tables for finger food! The event then commenced at 8 am with around 60 members and guests turning up, most of them in tai chi costumes.
The programme started with a qigong form, the ‘8 brocades’ for warming up. Then we went through our usual morning routines of 24 forms, 40 forms, 42 and 32 forms. After that, we had a break to pose for a group photograph in the brilliant morning sun.
This was then followed up by performances of the ‘gungfu fan’, 32 and 42 sword routines.
The crowd then retired for morning tea, tasting the culinary delights displayed and socialising with friends old and new.
The event concluded with time allocated to practitioners to demonstrate their individual specialities so that the crowd may enjoy and appreciate the different forms of martial arts and qigong.
Then we all retired from the park with the aura of good Chi and bonhomie ready for the next WTCQD!
Enmore Park, Marrickville, NSW
Sydney Vision held their session at Enmore park, Marrickvile. The event was organised by Master Alex Galvan and Rosa Galvan and sponsored by “Share. Building Healthier Communities”
“The Station”, Newcastle, NSW
Several pictures have been received from WTCQD 2019 at the historic Newcastle Railway site, kindly provided by Amanda Heidke.
The idea of making movement the basis for health and well being was highlighted at Mackay’s contribution to World Tai Chi Day.
The rain couldn’t dampen our enthusiasm as beginners and long-time Tai Chi practitioners joined as one. Starting off with a walk around to introduce ourselves to new friends and reacquaint with some old 😊, we warmed up.
Then to the Tai Chi.
The health benefits of exercise including Time Out Tai Chi was evident though the diversity of the 57 participants. Age, gender and background was not a barrier as we moved together to make new friends, enjoy a good laugh and find calmness through exercise.
I hope everyone enjoyed the sharing WTCQ day. It was a beautiful morning here in Brisbane and the energy was beautiful!
Botanical Gardens, Bundaberg, Queensland
Our World Tai Chi day was held in the Botanical Gardens in Bundaberg Queensland this year and we had people from all over the state attend.
A small group of 15 people played tai chi for just over 2 hours a great day of sharing.
“Earthly Pleasures”, Belgrave, Victoria
A few images were kindly supplied by Sue Rule, Chi Generation, based in Melbourne.
Around 50 people enjoyed our WTC&QD activities on the banks of the river in Wynyard, Tasmania.
We experienced Wudang Longevity Qigong, Sun Style Short Form (Tai Chi for Arthritis), 24 Forms Tai Chi, The Lotus Qigong and Intro to Tai Chi for the first timers.
Tai Chi and Qigong are very popular here where we have five local teachers providing around 12 classes a week – not bad for a small rural town (population less than 6,000). All five of the local Tai Chi and Qigong teachers came together to support the event and to lead participants through the Qigong and Tai Chi forms.
Although it was cold and drizzly, we opted to stay outdoors and the sun came out a few times to warm us up. The rain held off until we were finished. Everyone really enjoyed the opportunity to get together with their local Tai Chi and Qigong community.
The link to the video from Wynyard, Tasmania, was kindly provided by Catherine Fernon.