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In July of 2014, the world’s foremost authorities on the five major traditional Tai Chi (Taiji) Chuan (boxing) styles, as well as other top Tai Chi masters and scholars will come to Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky for a second international Tai Chi symposium held outside of China.

Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei
2014 International Tai Chi Symposium
2014 International Tai Chi Symposium
2014 International Tai Chi Symposium

The theme of this Symposium will focus on bringing together the wisdom of Chinese culture with the precision of modern science through evidence-based scientific literary review sessions, Master’s workshops, and other special events designed to foster an exchange of knowledge and cultures. This Symposium offers an unmatched opportunity to study with five of China’s top masters along with respected scholars carefully selected for their expertise in the scientific study and examination of Tai Chi Chuan. It is truly one-of-a-kind forum that offers the opportunity to network with others who seek a deeper understanding of how the practice of Tai Chi Chuan can enhance health, wellness and quality of life.

Grandmasters Chen Zhenglei of Chen Style Tai Chi, Yang Jun of Yang Style Tai Chi, Zhong Zhenshan of Wu Hao Style Tai Chi, Ma Hailong of Wu Style Tai Chi, and Sun Yongtian of Sun Style Tai Chi are lineage holders of their respective style. They have contributed greatly not only to promote the art by teaching but also focus on the art through research.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Daniel Shulz on “The Learning Brain”, Dr. Karen Grantz on “Emotional Resilience in a Challenging World: The Role of Tai Chi”, Master Laurent (Chris) Bouguyon on “Healing Invisible Wounds: Teaching veterans suffering from post-combat stress”, and Master Arthur Rosenfeld on “The Revolution of the Tai Chi Mind”.

As of now, the research literature reviews and meta-analysis presentations include:

  • “Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis: Tai Chi based research”, by Kristina Woodworth, B.Sc., CEO SciMantis Medical Communications, New Jersey.
  • “Cognitive Deficit, Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia: Tai Chi based research”, by Ramon Suarez Zaldu, MD, Clinical Laboratory Director of National Institute of Rheumatology, Uruguay.
  • “Tai Chi related research on the health of the brain and nervous system,” by Patricia Flatt, M.S., PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University.

The 2014 Symposium will begin with an opening ceremony on Sunday, July 6 and end on July 11. The daily schedule begins on Monday July 8 with an early morning practice session that is led by one of the five masters each day. To the participants of the first International Tai Chi Symposium held in 2009 in Nashville, TN, the morning practice with masters was memorable and powerful simply because the enthusiasts were practicing their love along side with hundreds of fellow practitioners (see the video). It Each master will take turns to speak on the theory, development and practice of the style. Two master workshops are scheduled simultaneously each morning and afternoon. All attendees will have opportunity to study with five masters.

Academic sessions are held between the masters’ workshops. The theme of the academic program for the 2014 Symposium is “Tai Chi and the Brain”. The academic lectures will present the latest research on neurological disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer ’s disease, Autism and Attention Deficit Disorders. Question/answer and discussion time will be a part of every lecture, giving participants the opportunity to share insights and experiences relating to the various presentation topics. Research team leaders Holly Sweeney-Hillman, Dave Barrett, Sergio Arione and Angela Soci will facilitate the academic presentations and discussions.

Evening events include the Symposium opening ceremony, a Symposium banquet and an evening panel discussion with the five Masters and researchers. A performance showcase that will feature demonstrations by each of the five Masters and a closing friendship party are also scheduled. The performance at the first Tai Chi Symposium was spectacular.

To better understand the symposium programs, the background of the masters, the lodging, traveling arrangement, and other event relevant info, the main sponsor Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Foundation has built a nice portal with a plethora of helpful information. So far, they even published three issues of an online newsletter. This interactive newsletter with built-in video clips can be interesting and educational to anyone who is interested in the art of Tai Chi but cannot attend the event.

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