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
At 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)
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!
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!