The Academic Sessions

  • pre-conference balance research
  • plenary session with the Masters
  • Q & A sessions with the Masters
  • featured speakers
  • concurrent sessions
  • panel discussion
  • conference proceedings

Balance Research Project

On Monday, before the conference opening, the Masters went to Dr. Jane Taylor's lab at Lakehead University to see how she is doing research on balance abilities of people trained in taijiquan.

The research method iinvolves the subject standing still on the force plate for 15 seconds while staring at a mark on the wall. Next standing still for 15 seconds with eyes closed. Finally the subject is intructed to sway as far as possible forward, backward and to each side without losing balance.

Most of the masters agreed to demonstrate their balance ability. It was a unique opportunity for Jane to gain data about people who have trained in taiji for a lifetime.


Plenary Session


plenary session Audience at the first plenary session of the forum. Each master made a 30 minute presentation about his style.

 

Question and Answer Sessions


Q and A with Chen ZhengleiThere were Q & A sessions with each of the masters. Here is Master Chen Zhenglei.

Featured Speakers


Dr. Shin LinFeatured speaker, Dr. Shin Lin

Professor of Cell Biology, Physiology, & Biomedical Engineering; Director, International Alliance on Mind/Body Signaling and Energy Research,l University of California at Irvine

His topics was, "Scientific Evidence on the Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi Practices." Abstract


Dr. Yang Yang Featured Speaker, Dr. Yang Yang

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Director Center for Taiji Studies, Champaign, Illinois.

His topic was, "Best Taiji Practices: Evidence Based Traditional Curriculum"Abstract


Dr. Zhang ZhiyongFeatured Speaker, Dr. Zhang Zhiyong

Professor, Department of Physical Education, South China Normal University.

His topic was, "The Impact of the Historical Development of Taijiquan on Contemporary Chinese Practice." Abstract


Dr. Lorraine Mayer Featured Speaker, Dr. Lorraine Mayer, Assistant Professor, Native Studies, Brandon University

Her topic was " The Medicine Wheel and The Yin Yang Symbol: Health and Healing from A Native American Perspective."

Panel Discussion


Panel members "Intercultural Exchange: Views of Healing in Chinese and Native North American Cultures."

Panelists were Mr. Gerry Martin, Dr. Lorraine Mayer, Mr. Ahmoo Angeconeb, Dr. Shin Lin and Dr. Yang Yang.

Concurrent Session Speakers

  • Prof. Shane Kachur, TAIJI AND REDUCING FEAR OF FALLING: AN EXPLORATION OF TAIJI AS IN VIVO EXPOSURE
    Abstract
  • Dr. Jane Taylor, THE EFFECTS OF TAIJI ON BALANCE AND MOBILITY IN OLDER WOMEN WHO ARE AT VARIOUS RISK LEVELS FOR FALLS
    Abstract
  • Prof. Qin Zilai, THE MODERN CULTURE CHARACTER OF CHINESE TRADITIONAL SHADOWBOXING
    Abstract
  • Dr. Glenda Liu Quarnstrom, GRASPING THE BIRD'S TAIL: TAIJI COMMUNITIES AND THE EMERGENCE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN CHINA
    Abstract
  • Prof. Qiu Pixiang,TAICHI AND CONTEMPORARY HUMAN SOCIETY
    Abstract
  • Prof. Yang Wenxuan, THE DEVELOPMENT AND DIFFUSION OF SPORTS CULTURE
    abstract
  • Dr. Yang Yang & Ms Yang Ying,
    "Music as an Aid to Taiji/Qigong Practice
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    Abstract

  • Master Ed Cooper & Master Steve Higgins
    "A Hundred Flowers, Teaching Taijiquan"
    Abstract
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    Complete paper
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  • Dr. David X. Swenson,SLOW SPARRING AND COUNTERPOINTS:
    DECONSTRUCTING THE MECHANICS OF T'AI CHI

    Abstract
  • Dr. C.J. Rhoads, DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS IN YOUTH UTILIZING PRINCIPLES OF TAIJIQUAN
    Dr. C. J. Rhoads
    Abstract
  • Grandmaster Zeng Nailiang, View Taijiquan from Macroscopic and Microscopic Angles
    Abstract

Poster Sessions & Demonstrations

  • Prof. Barbara Davis, ZHENG MANQING (CHENG MAN-CH'ING) AND HIS INNOVATIONS IN TAIJIQUAN PEDAGOGY
    Abstract
  • Dr. David X. Swenson & David Longsdorf, HEALTH BENEFITS OF T’AI CHI: RESEARCH AND CLINICAL EVIDENCE
    Abstract
  • Dr. Yang Yang, MY LIFE IS MY ART: LIVED EXPERIENCES OF OLDER ADULTS PRACTICING TAIJI (T’AI CHI) AND QIGONG (CH’I KUNG)
    Abstract

    THE EFFECT OF A 6 MONTH TAIJI (T’AI CHI) AND QIGONG (CH’I KUNG) INTERVENTION ON OLDER ADULTS’ LOWER BODY STRENGTH AND BALANCE BEHAVIORS
    Abstract
  • Master Jianye Jiang, CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY DEMONSTRATION