... tips for teachers, from World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Below is an article from the Kansas City Star.

It is a perfect example of how World Tai Chi & Qigong Day can help you as a local teacher or school benefit from the resources we've worked so hard to provide to you.

You'll notice extensive medical research sited in the article, which was sourced from HOWEVER, most of the article featured the "LOCAL" teacher. World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day provides you with background data, medical research on tai chi & qigong, and a global annual event, which can help YOU or YOUR SCHOOL get more media attention, and thereby be able to help more people learn about the benefits tai chi & qigong offer them.

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Therefore, we hope you'll use the resources we've provided you, BUT ALSO, that you'll mention in your press releases. Let them know that YOU and YOUR SCHOOL are part of this global event, and they can see your local listing there. Urge them to utilize the voluminous medical and other research resources we've created to help you appeal to your local media with.

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The Kansas City Star   
Thursday, March 10th, 2005    
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Tai chi
art form
works for
any body

By Doug Worgul
The Kansas City Star

tai chi - (KC Star Article)
tai chi - (KC Star Article)
The ancient Chinese weren't all that different from us. They wanted to live long healthy lives. So do we.

We have developed formidable medical technologies that have prolonged our lives, but often the quality of our longer lives isn't what it could be or should be.

Because we 21st-century Americans tend to eat too much and exercise too little -- which contributes to diabetes, arthritis and other chronic conditions -- many of us spend our later years suffering from limited and painful mobility, which severely limits the number and nature of the life-enhancing activities in which we may engage.

The ancient Chinese martial art form, tai chi, is all about mobility. And it's something that virtually everyone can do.

"Mobility probably wasn't the main reason tai chi was created," say Rick Gibbins, head instructor at the American Kenpo Karate Academy in Westport. "But, it is one of its primary benefits. There's a direct relationship between mobility and longevity, because once you lose your ability to walk, everything else starts to break down."

Tai Chi has become popular enough the last decade that images of parks full of folks practicing its graceful, fluid motions have become familiar. Gibbins explains that these prescribed and precise motions are centered in the knees and hips. This enhances balance while strengthening tendons.

"There are a lot of tendon injuries in weight-lifting exercise," says Gibbins. "It's just the opposite with tai chi. It gently stretches tendons, which increases flexibility, which increases overall mobility."

According to Gibbins nearly everybody is a good candidate for tai chi.

"Young, old, it doesn't matter," he says. "Even if you can barely walk or stand up, you can do it. And, of course, you'll just get better at it over time. But you'll start to realize improved flexibility and stregth fairly quickly."

Credible medical studies have validated claims that tai chi has significant physical and psychological benefits.

Research published in the Hawaii Medical Journal (August, 1992) concluded that tai chi measurably improved breathing capacity among patients studied.

A study in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (April 1992) found that tai chi improved postural control, while stretching, toning and relaxing the body in a cumulative way that no other exercise can achieve.

And in, perhaps, the most tantalizing (though not yet conclusive) study, Tiffany Field of the University of Miami School of Medicine studied 13 adolescents with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

The teenagers participated in tai chi classes twice a week for five weeks. After the tai chi sessions the adolescents displayed "measurably less anxiety, daydreaming behaviors, inappropriate emotions and hyperactivity, and improved conduct. These changes persisted over the two-week follow-up period."

 None of this is a surprise to Gibbins.

"The ancient Chinese developed these disciplines over centuries," he says. "They didn't always know the science behind the way they worked, but they knew that they worked."

Gibbons has been teaching martial arts since 1976. He explains that the words "tai chi" mean "grand ultimate" and most likely refer to the status attributed to this martial arts form, as compared to its contemporary competing forms.

    Gibbons says the history of martial arts is clouded in mystery, deception and the lack of reliable documentation, but he believes that tai chi is probably the original martial art form from which other forms evolved.

"We don't know for sure if it started first as a form of fighting that later became a form of exercise," Gibbins says. "Or the other way around. What matters most is that it is a mind-body discipline that has significant benefits.

Tai chi is completeley user-friendly," Gibbins says. "If you get injured practicing tai chi someone is teaching you wrong. It's not like other martial arts. It's not explosive. It's the ultimate low-impact exercise.

   It couldn't be less strenuous. If you're completely out of shape and haven't exercised in a long time your legs might get tired first. But that's about it. It is by far the easiest martial art to learn and practice."

One of the leading authorities on tai chi is Overland Park-based Bill Douglas, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tai Chi, and founder of World Tai Chi Day.

Douglas' Web site says: "Tai chi doesn't begin with the premise that there is something wrong that needs to be fixed, sculpted, lost or burned off. It is a very accepting exercise that helps us remember we are already perfect . . . but our ability to get better is limitless.   

Everyone is qualified to do tai chi. You don't have to look good in tights or Spandex to do tai chi, although if you do tai chi enough, you'll look pretty good in whatever you like to wear."



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