Morning Sunrise Practices

During the Symposium, join us for daily morning sunrise practices Monday to Friday, 6:15-7:00 a.m. These practices present exercises and movements that are related to Tai Chi Chuan but are different from practicing a form or sequence. The morning sunrise practices are a wonderful way to begin your day in tranquility and they will contribute to your sense of physical and mental well-being and enhance your experience of the Symposium. Practices are both indoor and outdoor.

Outdoor practices take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and are led by a different Grandmaster each morning. The Grandmasters will introduce some early morning exercises that are customarily used within their style. Enjoy this unique chance to learn these exercises. You do not need to know the traditional form of each style to follow along. You will enjoy these practices regardless of your style or level of experience. The outdoor morning sunrise practices will be held at Fourth Street Live!, under the covered area close to the Seelbach Hotel. (For those staying in the Spalding University dorms, walk north on Street about a ½ mile and you will see the covered area.) Traffic is blocked off to this area and we will be practicing right on the street. 4th Street Live! is Louisville’s premier dining, entertainment and retail destination located on 4 th Street between Liberty Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

Indoor practices take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 6:15-7:00 a.m. They are led by a different Yang Family Center Director from a different country each morning (except Thursday) and will be held in the Spalding University Center Gymnasium. These guest leaders will present gentle movements and exercises, selecting from their own resources and preferences. They will not lead a practice in any of the special forms the Grandmasters are introducing.

Greater Louisville Community Open Tai Chi Practice, Thursday July 10, 6:15-7:45 a.m. Thursday morning, everyone goes to the “Greater Louisville Community Open Tai Chi Practice”, at Fourth Street Live!, where the general public is invited to come and practice with all of the Grandmasters in turn. This special event is in partnership with the “Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement”, launched by Louisville Metro Government to create a culture of health and wellness with a vision of its becoming one of the healthiest cities in America. The Symposium is delighted to have this opportunity to showcase the Grandmasters, who exemplify living a healthy way of life, and to include community members in the Symposium morning’s activity

Lodging Update

Update to the Update: The deadlines for dorms and special-rate hotel rooms have passed. 

Dorms: Many people have chosen to stay in dorms and as a result, the dorms available to the Symposium attendees at Spalding University are now fully booked. Currently we have dorm rooms under contract at the University of Louisville which is located about 2 miles south of Spalding University. The dorms at the University of Louisville are on a direct public transit bus line along 4 Street, the same street as the Spalding University dorms. It is an easy, direct route up 4th Street to Spalding University, the Seelbach Hotel, and 4th Street Live!. The bus will also take riders within 3 blocks of the Muhammad Ali Center for the Friendship party Friday night. Attendees will likely need to purchase a weekly bus pass. (The bus pass would also be useful for attendees to visit local attractions.)

Hotel: There are still rooms available at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel. The Seelbach Hotel is the venue for the Welcome Banquet, and is right at 4 Street Live!, the site of the daily outdoor morning sunrise practices with the Grandmasters. The Seelbach Hotel is about a ½ mile walk from Spalding University. There is also public bus transit to Spalding University. This grand hotel is a 4-Diamond luxury hotel, is rich in local history, and is considered the premiere hotel in the state of Kentucky. The Symposium rate (see link on Symposium website) is a greatly discounted $109 per night per room. If you would like to share the cost with a roommate, email and we will do our best to match you with a roommate. The deadline to receive the discounted Symposium hotel rate is Monday, June 2, 2014.

2014 International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium

2014 International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium: updates

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

Traditional Tai Chi Chuan

“Directly from the Source”

July 5 – 11, 2014

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Spalding University
Register now — the last discount for registration ends June 15, 2014

Hello everyone,This notification reminds you about the final discount phase for registration, and to let you know that the Symposium website has several new items:

• On-line registration for the full event or daily attendance (on-site registration is also available for last-minute decisions)
• Housing options
• Biographies of the five featured Grandmasters, and an introduction of Grandmaster He Youlu and He Style Tai Chi Chuan
• Academic program—latest details: Symposium Keynote presenters, their credentials, biographies, topics
• Symposium Program and Schedule of Events, with current updates
• Symposium Newsletter, four full volumes of excellent material about the Grandmasters and the Symposium itself
• International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association’s Journal #34, free to everyone

Symposium Theme: Traditional Tai Chi Chuan “Directly From the Source”

The theme of this Symposium focuses on bringing together the wisdom of Chinese culture and the precision of modern science through master’s workshops, evidence-based literary review and academic sessions, and other special events designed to foster an exchange of knowledge and cultures.

Grandmasters’ Workshops: Five Family Styles

China’s lineage masters generously share the uniqueness of their forms. Each day, you will train with the Grandmasters who represent the five traditional family styles of Tai Chi Chuan: Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu/Hao, and Sun Styles. The event includes an introduction to a sixth style, He (Zhaobao) family style. These distinguished Grandmasters will present foundation exercises and movements that are distinctive to their own style, through “Tai Chi Gong.” All the styles are linked by shared characteristics, by history, and by a common philosophy, into one “family” of Tai Chi Chuan.

Academic Program: Tai Chi Chuan and Brain Science: The Health of the Brain and Nervous System

The Symposium program includes daily sessions on “Tai Chi Chuan and Brain Science.” These are focused on how the practice of Tai Chi Chuan affects neurological function. You’ll be excited by the research of the past decade that has revealed new and surprising insights on how our brain develops throughout our life. Research also has shown that Tai Chi Chuan training can be used to address disorders of the brain and nervous system, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
This is “evidence-based” information, presented by professionals, through special key-note speakers, lectures, and literary review sessions, with question-and-answer opportunities. It’s all highlighted by a fascinating interactive panel discussion among academic presenters and the Tai Chi Chuan Grandmasters.
Modern research scientists explain the effects of Tai Chi Chuan. You learn how to combine these into your own training.

Pre-Symposium Workshops: Key Elements of Tai Chi Chuan

Saturday, July 5, and Sunday, July 6: The pre-Symposium schedule includes short informative sessions, taught by experts, to present key elements of the art. There is introductory material for students who have little or no experience in Tai Chi Chuan, though you can enjoy this valuable material at all levels. You can sign up for these independently of the other Symposium programs. Instructors are welcome to collect great teaching tips.

Qualified Instructor Certification Program (QICP)

The Qualified Instructor Certification Program is a very exciting new project of the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association. The program has been created to satisfy the demand for capable instructors who can conduct authentic Yang Family 16 Form Tai Chi classes that preserve the essential and unique elements that make Tai Chi a valuable fitness practice.

QICP at the Symposium

The Symposium is pleased to offer a special enrollment option in QICP for individuals who are interested in acquiring credits toward that official certification as a “qualified instructor.” Attendance at Symposium events provides certification credits, and there are special certification training sessions also.
For complete information about this certification program, visit the Symposium website.

Build your foundation and enrich your understanding of Tai Chi Chuan
Come learn about this ancient Chinese martial art that has become a modern world-wide phenomenon. Get the latest scientific results. Find out how it has been proven to improve the health and well- being of its practitioners. Discover its benefits for yourself.

The Symposium is unique, and the next one will not be held in the U.S., so don’t miss this one!

I’ll see you there!

Pat Rice,
Program Director, Symposium
Director, Winchester Yang Chengfu Center
Director, A Taste of China

Brought to you by the Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Foundation

2014 International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium, updates, 05.19.14

Don’t Miss the Symposium!

Dears Friends,

I attended the last Symposium in 2009 in Nashville. It was an excellent and amazing experience, because we learned so much with the 5 great masters and all academics. It was a privilege to learn directly from the source with the 5 leaders of the 5 traditional Tai Chi Chuan styles.

I recommend the second Symposium to everybody: if you are a Tai Chi Chuan practicioner, don´t miss the next Symposium; If you don´t know  Tai Chi Chuan, don´t miss the next Symposium too, because it will be a great opportunity to learn directly from the source. Tai Chi Chuan can help all of us to improve our health and life quality, then, go and attend the International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium in Louisville next July and enjoy the amazing wisdom of the Great Tai Chi Chuan Masters.

Fernando De Lazzari – from Ribeirão Preto city, Brazil.