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)
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!
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!