Symposium Overview

The International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium
on Health, Education and Cultural Exchange

P R E S E N T S

Traditional Tai Chi Chuan

July 6-11, 2014

Spalding University – 845 South Third Street, Louisville, Kentucky USA

The art of Tai Chi Chuan is one of the greatest gifts China has to share with the world. When practiced correctly, the potential benefits of this art are extensive. Supported by leading health organizations worldwide, the practice of Tai Chi can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

In July of 2014, the world’s foremost authorities on the five traditional Chinese Family Schools of Tai Chi Chuan, as well as other top Tai Chi Chuan practitioners and scholars will come to Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky for an international level Tai Chi Chuan 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 literary review sessions, Master’s workshops and other special events designed to foster an exchange of knowledge and cultures.

This Symposium will be the second time this event will be held in the United States. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to study with five of China’s top Masters along with respected scholars carefully selected for their unique and highly professional level of expertise in the scientific study and examination of Tai Chi Chuan.

The International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium on Health, Education and Cultural Exchange is a 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.


Who Should Attend

  • Everyone interested in Tai Chi Chuan
  • Tai Chi and Qigong teachers/practitioners of all styles
  • Tai Chi and Qigong researchers
  • Health care professionals (i.e. – Physicians, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Exercise Physiologists, etc.)
  • Health care and public health care planners/policy makers/providers
  • Health promotion professionals, fitness instructors, personal trainers
  • Health promotion planners for YMCAs, active-aging groups, senior centers, health clubs, health and fitness magazines
  • Educators, school administrators, special education and physical education instructors

Our Mission

The International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium on Health, Education and Cultural Exchange combines the wisdom of Chinese culture with the precision of modern science. We seek to provide unique insight into Traditional Tai Chi Chuan for Tai Chi practitioners, healthcare professionals, educators and the public. We also seek to promote the understanding and practice of the art as a means to support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles.

Focus on Traditional Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan is one of the fastest growing fitness and health maintenance activities in the world today. With a history rich in over 3000 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine and experience, Tai Chi is practiced by millions of people daily for its potential benefits: reduced stress, improved health and longevity, and lifelong vitality and stamina. A growing body of scientific research supports anecdotal claims of health benefits for practitioners of the art. Consequently, Tai Chi is endorsed by a number of health-promoting organizations, which include the Arthritis Foundation, the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, National Institute of Health and the Mayo Clinic.

The Symposium provides a forum for presenting and discussing the latest research and scientific evidence that examines the use of Traditional Tai Chi Chuan as a means of intervention and prevention for many diseases as well as a means of promoting health and functional well-being. It is also designed to provide networking opportunities for the masters, scientists, instructors, practitioners, educators, and for everyone interested in exploring the full benefits and best practices of Traditional Tai Chi Chuan.

Grandmaster Workshops

There are five major styles of Tai Chi Chuan, each named after the Chinese family from which it originated. This Symposium brings to you a unique opportunity to learn from the world’s foremost authorities on each of the five Traditional Chinese Family Schools of Tai Chi Chuan. Recognized representatives from the Chen, Yang, Wu(Hao), Wu and Sun styles of traditional Tai Chi Chuan will present workshops in each of their respective styles.

Academics

Academic sessions will feature top International Tai Chi instructors, health professional and researchers presenting the latest medical research into Tai Chi and neurological function. The primary goal of the academic sessions is to provide evidence-based information to healthcare professionals, educators and the public about the potential benefits of the art of Tai Chi Chuan.

The Venue – Location, Location, Location!

Located just minutes from downtown Louisville; Spalding University combines a rich history, a convenient urban setting, and a commitment to community service.

The Program

Academic sessions and Masters workshops will be geared toward enhancing both public and professional knowledge and understanding of Traditional Tai Chi Chuan. Each Master will teach fundamental exercises and Tai Chi movements that characterize their respective styles of Tai Chi Chuan during a series of workshops.

Academic sessions will feature credentialed speakers carefully selected for their unique level of expertise in the scientific study and examination of Tai Chi and Qigong. The primary goal of the academic sessions is to provide evidence-based information to healthcare professionals, educators and the public about the potential benefits of the art of Tai Chi Chuan.

Weekend Workshops

On July 5 & 6, workshops for students, beginning to advanced, are offered to introduce beginners to the principles and characteristcs of Tai Chi Chuan and to build a foundation for continued development and learning. These special workshops will also reinforce the understanding of the more advanced practitioners.

The Silk Road Bazaar

The International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium is creating a special vendors’ exhibit hall featuring an exciting array of interesting cultural merchandise, diverse memorabilia, and intriguing treasures of all kinds. Click here for more information on the “Silk Road,” our Symposium’s trade show.

Interested in displaying and selling your products? The “Silk Road” trade show offers vendors the opportunity to bring interesting cultural merchandise, music, DVDs, books, instructional materials and study aids, memorabilia and treasures of all kinds to the Symposium.

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