1st International Taiji Science Online Forum &
World Intangible Cultural Heritage
Taiji Masters Online Exhibition


INTRODUCTION

The sudden COVID-19 pandemic has changed people’s living environment to a certain extent, but it has also strengthened people’s eager pursuit of health and wellness. On December 17, 2020, it was announced that Taijiquan has been included in The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), indicating the good health value and profound cultural heritage of traditional Taiji is gradually accepted by the people of the world. Taiji originated from China and it is now practiced all over the world. As people in today’s society pursue physical, mental, and spiritual health and fitness, the worldwide development of Taiji is happening at just the right time.

Taiji has a special fitness and health preservation effect, which has been proven by its practice of thousands of years all over the world. However, the health-preserving effect and mechanism of Taijiquan have always kept a mysterious veil. With effective use of modern medical science and technology, a deep understanding and comprehensive analysis of Taiji’s health effects and mechanism of action, must be inherited and learned from, but also innovated and developed. Optimizing exercise procedures, quantifying fitness effects, developing and establishing targeted “Taiji exercise prescriptions”, and making more effective use of traditional Taiji health exercises to serve the general public will be an important direction for the future development of Taiji health and wellness.

The purpose of this forum is to “Deepen Taiji wellness research and serve human health needs”. In order to celebrate the UNESCO’s official inclusion of Taijiquan in the World Intangible Cultural Heritage List on December 17, 2020, the “International Taiji Science Forum and World Intangible Cultural Heritage Taijiquan Masters Exhibition” will be held on September 17-18, 2021 online.

FORUM ORGANIZATIONS


FORUM-HOST

TAIJI SCIENCE FEDERATION (WTJSF)
DBA National Tai Chi Wellness Foundation (NTCWF)

The Taiji Science Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered under the U.S. Government and is composed of institutions of American, European and Chinese universities, scientific research institutions and health and wellness associations, as well as international medical health experts, researchers and professors. Its predecessor was the National Tai Chi Wellness Foundation established in 2008. It has participated in a number of Taiji health studies, held many international Taiji and Health Qigong forums, and established a “Medical Tai Chi” course at Stanford University. The association is committed to taking “Taiji Science” research as its lead; using “Journal of Taiji Science” academic journal as a platform; using scientific experiment data analysis to support medical Taiji, Qigong, other wellness prescriptions, formulating medical Taiji standards, certification programs, and education curriculums. With the assistance of scientific research international exchanges, forums, and festivals, it promotes Taiji science, culture and wellness on a global scale.

FORUM CO-HOST

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is a public land-grant research university in Illinois in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana. It is the flagship institution of the University of Illinois system and was founded in 1867. As of August 2020, the alumni, faculty members, or researchers of the university include 30 Nobel laureates, 27 Pulitzer Prize winners, 2 Turing Award winners and 1 Fields medalist.

FORUM CO-HOST

Hangzhou Normal University is a public university in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, China. It is a comprehensive university with an excellence in teacher training and professional development. HNU has nearly 12,000 full-time students, 9,000 of whom are undergraduates. Of over 1,000 teachers, over 100 have a doctorate degree or are Ph.D. candidates, and 283 have a master’s degree. There are nearly 490 professors (researchers) and associate professors (associate researchers).

FORUM CO-HOST

World Taiji Net
Large-scale comprehensive international Taiji network website. It is the earliest and most influential Taiji online platform in the world. It is jointly created by many powerful cultural, technological, and media organizations. Using modern network technology as a means, we are committed to spreading and inheriting the world’s intangible cultural heritage Taiji. It has developed into a three-dimensional media organization that integrates text, pictures, and video, and integrates multiple platforms and forms. Over the years, it has hosted or co-organized dozens of Taiji cultural activities with extensive influence at home and abroad with governments or large organizations in China and around the world.


FORUM CO-ORGANIZER

Five Branch University
American Association of Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture (AACMA)
US Collegiate Taiji Federation
Wuhun-Taiji Magazine of China
Senior Sports Magazine of China

REGISTRATION DATE
Final registration: Oct 30, 2021
Forum Date: Dec 1-5, 2021
Venue: Online

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