Monday, 30 April 2012

World Tai Chi Day

The World Tai Chi Day Celebrations on Saturday were a huge success. We were based at The Hub on the Green with Tai Chi demonstrations in Princesshay and Workshops on the Cathedral Green. It was such a wet night but the skies cleared ready for the 10am start and it stayed dry until we finished at lunchtime. The hub makes a good space to warm up, chat and drink copious amounts of coffee to keep warm.

A big thank you to Angus Clark who organised the event and for Sue Daniels (our tai chi teacher at the hub) for suggesting that we base it at the hub. If you would like to come to Sue's class, it is on a Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:45pm and costs £6. Your first session is free as a taster. Just come along.

Today we were in the Western Morning News...

PRESS RELEASE - WORLD TAI CHI DAY EXETER 2012 - SAT 28 APRILRoss Fitzsimmons: Living Movement Spokesman
Tai Chi enthusiasts from all over the South West - from primary school children to a group fromAge UK - gathered in Exeter on Saturday (28April) to play their part in celebrating World Tai ChiDay.The event was organised by Dartmoor based Angus Clark, an internationally acclaimed tai-chiinstructor, author and founder of Living Movement Tai Chi.
On the last Saturday of April each year at 10 am, tens of thousands of people in hundreds of citiesin over 70 nations come together ... to breathe, to move and to offer the world a vision oftogetherness. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day begins at 10 am with groups in New Zealand, and thenquietly spreads time zone by time zone across the globe, to finish with the final events in Hawaii.In Exeter, several different Devon groups shared their tai chi art with the public with free classesand demonstrations. The day started at 10am on the Cathedral Green with over 100 people fromunder 9s to over 90s joining in to celebrate the theme of ‘one world, one breath’. First Angus andthen Rob Byrnes of Mid Devon Tai Chi led the group with some moves that everyone was able tojoin in with.Angus said “there was such a good atmosphere - it really felt like we were part of the global pulseof goodwill that was travelling around the world that day from New Zealand to Hawaii”Boosted by refreshments at the Hub on the Green, Exeter’s centre for sustainable health, thegroups then led a series of colourful and exciting demonstrations in Princesshay Shopping Centre.Tai Chi is now recognised as an exercise that creates wellbeing for an exceptionally diverse rangeof people and this was reflected in the demonstrations, which included a group from Age UK ledby Barbara Morris of Living Movement and two childrens’ groups, one from Living Movement andone from Tai Chi Nation and the Exeter Steiner School.** Spokesperson for Living Movement, Ross Fitzsimons was delighted with the event “We couldn’thave asked for a better turnout or outcome. It was a success all round. Today we saw people of allages, men, women and children all coming together to practice an exercise that’s becoming moreand more relevant in playing a positive role in our society todayEvent organiser: Angus Clark

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