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The most amazing Taijiquan Flash mobs around the world

One of the reasons why I write this blog is that I want more people to know what Taijiquan is. My mission is that one day I will not look into blank faces anymore when I say what I do. I want everyone to have tried what Taijiquan is. Right now, most people simply think about “old Chinese people in a park” and most likely they’ve seen that in some documentary about China.

So I thought about how the knowledge about Taijiquan could be brought to the public. I started this blog and then I came across the idea of Flash mobs.

“A flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.” (Wikipedia)

And I thought: wow, Taijiquan Flash mobs, that would be cool! So that people in their everyday life could see other people doing Taijiquan right in front of them. And then I thought: maybe there have already been Taijiquan Flash mobs?

Well, I spent a whole evening watching a lot of videos on YouTube, because apparently there have been a lot of Taijiquan Flash mobs already! And here are what I consider the most amazing ones (in no particular order and you can find more on YouTube):

Taijiquan Flash mobs around the world

Perth, Australia (2011): first Tai Chi Flashmob!

 

A compilation of Tai Chi Flash Mobs in Spain

 

A Technology Center, not sure where (2015)

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014)

 

Excibition “Terracotta Army”, Belgium (2013)

 

Oeiras, Portugal (2012)

 

Leeds, UK (2012)

 

Angers, France (2014) – they even show a Taijiquan fan form!

 

Cape Town, South Africa (2012) – so good to see young people!

 

Antwerpen, Belgium (2015)

 

Utrecht, The Netherlands (2014)

 

Posadas, Argentina (2014)

 

Berwick, Australia (2015)

 

Madrid, Spain (2013)

 

Oregon City, USA (2011)

 

Rome, Italy (2014)

 

And finally, the Christmas edition:

 

After watching all those videos I would love to participate in Taijiquan Flash mobs! What about you? If you plan anything like that, feel free comment below and I would be more than glad to share the details!

Happy Qi!

Angelika

P.S.: Obviously, World Tai Chi Day is just like a gigantic worldwide Taijiquan Flash mob! So if you want to promote Taijiquan, check out the next date and plan an event in your community!

 

These easy Qi Gong Videos will make you practice 5 minutes

I know many people – maybe even you – who want to do their Qi Gong exercises daily. But there are many reasons why that is not happening. Many (especially beginners) simply do not remember the moves from the class.

Well, you can just start with what you remember or you can try one of the Qi Gong videos I found for you. They take only about 5 minutes each! (You’ll find another list with 10 minutes Qi Gong videos here)

I selected them so you can start right away. No further introduction needed, no special equipment. Just get up, get some space around you and enjoy the Qi Gong videos! NOW!

Start with a small warm up video with rotations for the head, shoulders, hips, and knees:

 

And her “Golden Ball” Qi Gong exercise video intrigues me. I find it hard to match my own breathing pattern to it, but I enjoy it though:

If you liked the woman in these videos, check out her playlist with more Qi Gong exercises.

This next session is actually only 4 minutes long, but easy to follow. It is good Qi Gong for beginners.

 

Here is a great Qi Gong exercise for the morning. It is easy to do and easy to remember, so you won’t need to have to look at your screen all the time!

 

These exercises you could even do at the office (close your door, though). It is a bit bizarre, but I enjoyed it:

 

For this Qi Gong video you can even remain seated! And even if you are an absolute Qi Gong beginner, you can surely do this:

 

This Qi Gong set of cloud hands can be done seated, too:

 

This is a video with easy Qi Gong exercises for the spine. He presents more than one exercise, so if you have more time you might want to stop, repeat that one exercise and then hit play for the next exercise etc.

 

This is another Qi Gong move for the spine (be careful though, because it involves bending to the front:

And if you like that last video, check out their other videos!

Within the next video, there is no introduction or explanation, unfortunately. But if you have a little bit experience in Qi Gong, you can surely follow this exercise. You will soon memorize it and might even continue after the video is over!

 

Now another video with no further information – it is definitely for the more advanced Qi Gong people. However, I really like to follow that routine. I mean, that’s really the problem about doing Qi Gong from a video: sometimes you simply don’t know what you’re doing there. But somehow this set intrigues me and I like to practice it. Maybe one day I will learn more about it.

 

Can there be a list ofQi Gong videos without a Chinese man clad in a silk suit? Surely not! So if you are interested in Chen Style Tai Chi, enjoy a little bit of Silk Reeling:

 

I hope you had a wonderful time while you practiced Qi Gong at least for some minutes! If you happen to have 10 more minutes, check out the list of 10 minutes Qi Gong videos.

And the next time you get to your class: just take a piece of paper with you. Try to remember that one Qi Gong exercise that you really like. Ask your teacher for the name of it and after the class talk to him about that exercise. Then try it at home until you know how to do it!

Happy Qi!

Angelika

 

Note: I am not a doctor. So if you have any health issues, go see your doctor. Qi Gong exercises (from Qi Gong videos) are usually harmless when done correctly, still they can be very effective. Just make sure to never go past the point of pain and take care of your health.

Do you know which celebrities practice Taijiquan?

Though it may seem very Vanity Fairy-style to talk about which celebrities practice Taijiquan, there is an interesting discussion happening at this article from Bruce Frantzis: Tai Chi Tipping Point: Will Tai Chi go viral?

One finding is that for the Taijiquan community to grow significantly, it would be very helpful to have a famous person to promote Taijiquan and its benefits.

Well, I want to show you a list of celebrities who already practice Taijiquan! You will be surprised!

Lou Reed was an American musician, singer and songwriter, known as the “Godfather of Punk”. There are actually quite a lot of interviews and quotes about Lou Reed and Taijiquan. For example:

“It (Tai Chi) physically changes your body and your energy and builds you up. People think I lift weights, but I don’t. It’s purely from doing Chen Tai Chi with Ren Guang Yi. I do two hours a day every day.” Source

Have a look at this compilation of pictures with Lou Reed doing Taijiquan:

He even produced some music specifically for his own practice. As more and more people wanted a copy of it, he published “The Hudson River Wind Meditations” in 2007.

Unfortunately, he died in 2013. But his widow said: “He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.”

If you want to know more about Lou Reed and Taijiquan, I recommend this interview in Kungfu Magazine, where he says: “I find tai chi to be philosophically, aesthetically, physically and spiritually fascinating.” And a bonus for all German reader:  you can read how Jan Silberstorff met Lou Reed here.

Another punk musician who claims doing Taijiquan and Qi Gong is Iggy Pop! He says:

“To feel good when I was 21, all I had to do was to smoke a joint. Now I have to turn off my phones and do tai chi for an hour.” Source

Though I am not sure if I should call Allen Ginsberg a “celebrity”, but he is a well known American poet. He was a practicing Buddhist and … he practiced, Taijiquan! I even wrote a poem about it:

A Hollywood actor who reportedly does Taijiquan is Mel Gibson! And he seems to be pretty good at it, read here and here. Though I would really like to know how he got a black belt in Taijiquan?

Other celebrities I found out doing Taijiquan are Paul Adrian (the British actor from “Highlander”), Kunal Kapoor (an Indian Bollywood actor) and RZA from the Wu Tan Clan.

And then are the usual Chinese martial arts actors, like Jackie Chan or Jet Li. They surely know a thing or two about Tai Chi:

And of course Bruce Lee: Here he explains what Taijiquan is: (even though I think Taijiquan is not only for old people!)

 

But now it is time to end the old-man-section and I will show you which beautiful female celebrities practice Taijiquan:

Gisele Bündchen (one of the highest paid models in the world) does Taijiquan, too! She even did it during her pregancy. She describes Tai Chi as “moving meditation”.

In this article about Gisele Bündchens teacher Yao Li, it is even said that he taught Tai chi to Steven Tyler (lead singer of Aerosmith). It seems Steven Tyler made up little verses to remember Tai Chi moves!

And Emmanuelle Seigner is a French actress and musician and she is married to Roman Polanski. Some years ago I read an interview in German Vogue with her. She said that she really enjoys all kinds of martial arts, especially boxing and Tai Chi.

“Tai Chi really makes me feel relaxed.”

She says that the delicate moevements engerigize her. And she even inspired Ivana Omazic of the Parisian fashion label Cèline to create a Zen collection.

And though she cannot be considered a regular practitioner, even Michelle Obama did some Taijiquan while she visited China.

Well, coming to the end, I wonder: do Oprah Winfrey, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Will Smith, Tiger Woods etc. really practice Chineses arts like Taijiquan and Qi Gong as described in this article? That would be truly fantastic!

So now you know: not all famous people do Yoga – some celebrities practice Taijiquan, actually! And additionally, there are signs that Taijiquan is becoming more and more popular and maybe even mainstream.

If you have heard about any other known people practicing Taijiquan, feel free to add them in the comments!

Happy Qi!
Angelika

 

P.S.: Last year there was a movie with Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway, where they practiced Taijiquan!

 

And another movie that features Taijiquan ist Calendar Girls with Helen Mirren.