Thanks to the effort of Kristen Thompson, Barb Stoneburner, and Jan Koch along with Tom Pasley’s, the 2015 St. Louis World Tai Chi (Taiji) & Qigong Day celebration went well last Saturday April 26 at the Atonement Lutheran Church in Florissant, Missouri.
At 10:00 a.m. all participating schools were on the floor of a large gym, each doing their own form, all at the same time. Many people expressed that they felt the Qi level was high and some described it as a surreal moment. Afterwards, each school did separate demonstrations to showcase their style of Tai Chi. The nine participating organizations (in order of appearance) are:
- St Louis T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association of Cheng Man Ch’ing Style Tai Chi, organized by Shelly Shray, performed a short bare-hand Tai Chi Chuan form and a Sword Form.
- Wu Hsing Chuan Five Animal Academy, led by Dr. Larry Adams, performed Yang Style Tai Chi Short form and a modified Yang Form.
- St Louis Chinese Tai Chi Association of Fu Style Tai Chi, led by Sifu Su Liao, performed Fu Style Tai Chi 24 and Fu Style Straight Sword.
- St. Charles County Family Tai Chi, led by instructor John Wilkerson, performed Dr. Yang Yang’s 24 form and Silk Reeling with audience participation.
- Instructor Linda Gatson of the UMSL Tai Chi Group led I Chi Chin Qigong Practice with the audience participation.
- Keys For Healing, led by instructor Tom Pasley, performed Jian Gan Qigong with a Tai Chi Wand.
- Sifus LeRoy and Niko Alsup of Mid-America Tai Chi Chuan of the Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi performed Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Sword, and Tai Chi Dao (Broad Sword).
- Violet Li of St. Louis Tai Chi & Qigong for Heath performed the Traditional Chen Style 18 form for Health.
- Atonement Lutheran-Tai Chi for Arthritis, led by instructor Kris Thompson, performed Sun Style Tai Chi for Arthritis.
After the event, participants commented that the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day was a great way to get Tai Chi practitioners of various styles together so they could learn the diversity and richness of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong. The event also helps building the Tai Chi and Qigong community in St. Louis. They expressed their appreciation of the organizers’ effort. They also wished this can become a St. Louis tradition and the organizers can continue to host the celebration at this location next year.
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