Dr. Alton Kanter and Janney Kanter, founders of the Kaua‘i School of T’ai Chi Chuan, invite all interested in participating to World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day events Saturday, they said in a press release.
They are sponsoring local participation in the worldwide event.
On Kaua‘i, the free events are at 9:30 a.m. at the Lihue United Church parish hall, and at 2 p.m. at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center.
This seventh annual global event is being celebrated in over 75 countries, in several thousand locations.
This event begins in Hong Kong, moves across the globe with the sun, and finishes the day in Hawai‘i.
The Kaua‘i programs will include opportunities to learn a powerful, chi-generating (vital energy) exercise; two potent t’ai chi breathing and movement exercises, and demonstrations of the Yang style t’ai chi form.
Also, a rare video of t’ai chi performed by the late Grand Master Professor Cheng Man-Ching will be shown.
Dr. Alton Kanter invites fellow Kauaians to “discover t’ai chi, the 900-year-old, classic Chinese secret to a healthy heart, strong muscles, limber joints and inner youth, the way of revitalization.” The Kaua‘i School of T’ai Chi Chuan was founded in 1989, and the Kanters have been involved in the world of t’ai chi for over 33 years.
In recent years, a vast amount of research has accumulated, attesting to the many health benefits of practicing t’ai chi. Often mentioned are the beneficial affects on heart and circulatory problems, arthritic conditions, high blood pressure, and loss of balance in aging.
But more than anything, the affect of the processes of stress and the multitude of health problems caused by stress and benefited by t’ai chi is most profound.
Dr. Kanter sums up his primary focus on the many health benefits of t’ai chi by quoting the world-venerated Grand Master Professor Cheng Man-Ching: “The most important reason to study t’ai chi is that, when you finally reach the place where you understand what life is about, you will have some health to enjoy it.” Leaders of the Kaua‘i School of T’ai Chi Chuan teach in both Lihu‘e and Kilauea, and may be contacted for more information at 828-1139.
More information on both t’ai chi and World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day is available at www.worldtaichiday.org.