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World Taiji and Qigong Day

  • 2018 World Taiji and Qigong Day
    2018 World Taiji and Qigong Day  Members of the Peninsular Taiji Club showcase the Yang Style Fan Form.  
  • 2018 World Taiji and Qigong Day
    2018 World Taiji and Qigong Day  Attendees get a demonstration in Sun Style Taiji by leader Jack Fuller.  
  • 2017 World Taiji and Qigong Day
    2017 World Taiji and Qigong Day  The Laughing Dragon Academy of Internal Martial Arts performs Bagua Zhang.  
  • 2017 World Taiji and Qigong Day
    2017 World Taiji and Qigong Day  Taiji master SItan Chen performs Taiji Sword.  
  • 2016 World Taiji and Qigong Day
    2016 World Taiji and Qigong Day  Members of the Peninsular Taiji Club perform a group routine for their gathered audience.  
  • 2016 World Taiji and Qigong Day
    2016 World Taiji and Qigong Day  Bill Hansel leads his students in an elegant demonstration of the 'Taiji and Kungfu Fan Form'.  
  • 2015 World Taiji and Qigong Day
    2015 World Taiji and Qigong Day  A member of the Peninsula Taiji Club demonstrates the 'Wudang Sword Form'.  
  • 2015 World Taiji and Qigong Day
    2015 World Taiji and Qigong Day  Richard Tate demonstrates the fascinating 'Immortal Flute, Taiji Sect'.  
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On the last Saturday of April each year, millions around the world celebrate World Taiji and Qigong Day by gathering together and practicing the ancient Chinese meditative art. The William & Mary Confucius Institute held a cultural celebration for the first time in 2015, inviting participants from across campus, around the peninsula, and all over the state. Local teachers Stan Rockwell, Bill Hansell, and David Hamilton demonstrated techniques while groups of people from the Peninsula Taiji Club and other individuals performed intricate routines. In 2018, World Taiji and Qigong Day was held in Richmond through collaboration between the William and Mary Confucius Institute and the Henrico Co. Department of Parks & Recreation.

After the performances, the audience members were invited to participate in workshops during the afternoon, where they learned more about the meditation exercises and martial art forms, as well as the proper skills for effective paper folding, music, and other techniques from WMCI's own volunteer teachers. For more information and pictures, please see our news article.