ATCQA Advisory Board
| Bill Douglas
Bill Douglas is the Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day and the 2009 Inductee into the Internal Arts Hall of Fame. Bill has expanded the use of Tai Chi into healthcare, corporate wellness, penal and drug rehabilitation, and education.
Bill is the author of the #1 best selling tai chi book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong" (Penguin/Alpha Books, New York, 3rd edition), and is the presenter in "Anthology of T'ai Chi & Qigong: The Prescription for the Future" DVD. Bill also presented in and helped produce a Tai Chi & Qigong DVD for people with Parkinson's Disease that has been provided to patients all across the United States through their physicians. Bill also is the author of a mind-body related thriller novel, "2012 The Awakening," which explores research on human consciousness within it action narrative.
Bill has received the "Lou Gehrig Hero Award" from the ALS Association, the "Extraordinary Service in the Field of Qigong Award" from the National Qigong Association, the "Media Excellence Award" from the World Congress on Qigong, and the "Team Leadership Award" from the National National Tai Chi Chuan Association.
Bill's global health education work has been covered by The New York Times, Parade Magazine, Reader's Digest, BBC World Radio, The South China Morning Post, and media worldwide. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has been Officially Proclaimed by governors of most US states, and by senates, legislatures, and other institutions, including recognition from the World Health Organization, for being part of the UNWHO's Movement for Health.
Bill is the creator and editor of the world renowned "Tai Chi Medical Research Library" at www.WorldTaiChiDay.org which is the world's #1 such resource, and is used by media, government and individuals worldwide. WorldTaiChiDay.org has served as the hub for global World Tai Chi & Qigong Day organizing, and has referred over ONE MILLION of its visitors to local Tai Chi & Qigong teacher and school's contact information through its "Find Local Classes/Events" directory.
| Dr. Roger Jahnke
Roger Jahnke, OMD (Oriental Medicine Doctorate), has dedicated his life to sharing the powerful ancient healing traditions of China. With over two decades of clinical practice as a physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine and eight research tours to China, Dr. Jahnke has practiced and taught Qigong and Tai Chi in the United States, Canada, and Asia for over30 years.
Dr. Jahnke has presented at major conferences on advances in complementary and alternative medicine and integrative medicine in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego. He has lectured on self-healing and alternative medicine to numerous hospital systems and health care associations, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Articles written by Dr. Jahnke have appeared in numerous professional journals. He has published a popular Qigong instruction video, Awakening and Mastering the Medicine Within You. He is co-author of the Qigong chapter in the ground breaking book Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide. He is also the author of two books: The Healer Within: Using Chinese Techniques to Awaken Your Body's Inner Medicine, (Harper - San Francisco, 1997 and 1999), and The Healing Promise of Qi: Supreme Wellness through Qigong and Tai Chi (Contemporary Books, a division of McGraw- Hill, 2002).
Roger is one of the founders of the National Qigong Association (NQA) and the founder and director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC). He is a consultant on Qigong and Tai Chi research for the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and numerous universities receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
|Dr. Keith Jeffery
Dr. Keith Jeffery, a 25 year Tai Chi veteran in British Columbia, Canada, is a world leader in the field of Tai Chi for fitness and health promotion. He has created many very popular and effective Tai Chi instructional videos and nutritional audiotapes. Much of his time is devoted to teaching "4 Minute Fitness" to businesses and organizations, helping employees learn easy and effective ways to decrease stress and find balance and peace. In addition, Dr. Jeffery certifies instructors and teaches the general public "Easy Tai Chi" for health enhancement through videos, web based distance learning programs and international seminars.
Dr. Jeffery has an extensive Western medical background (companion animal veterinarian) and Eastern Complementary and Alternative training in Tai Chi and Qigong. By integrating the health benefits from Western and Eastern medicine, he developed consumer-oriented Tai Chi video programs such as "Tai Chi for Busy People" and "4 Minute Fitness", emphasizing the need to easily and effectively create balance and vitality in a fast changing, time-pressured society.
Dr. Jeffery is committed to promoting Tai Chi for health improvement. He is an outstanding public speaker and coach of the coaches. He is a pioneer using the Internet to deliver Tai Chi concepts to overcome "9-11" mental disruption.
|Dr. Paul Lam
Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician in Sydney of Australia, is a world leader in the field of Tai Chi for health improvement. He has produced several Tai Chi programs, instructional videos and written books that have helped many people improve their health and lifestyle. His "Tai Chi for Arthritis" program is supported by many Arthritis Foundations worldwide. His "Tai Chi for Diabetes" program is supported by Diabetes Australia.
Dr. Lam has been a family physician in Sydney, Australia since 1976. He graduated from the medical school of The University of New South Wales, Australia on a university scholarship. He has been a clinical teacher with the Family Medicine Program and lecturer in the University of NSW for nearly 20 years.
The founder of the Better Health Tai Chi Chuan Academy that was established in the year of 1984, Dr. Lam conducts global workshops to train instructors of the "Tai Chi for Arthritis" and "Tai Chi for Diabetes" programs, and is participating in several research projects. He has given numerous talks and presentations on the subject of Tai Chi for health at international and regional conferences. Dr. Lam is the co-author of 2 books: "Overcoming Arthritis" and "The 36 Forms Chen Style Taijiquan". He also translated "The Qigong Boom". In addition, he regularly contributes articles to several international Tai Chi magazines, and has been featured on their covers.
Dr. Lam is committed to promoting Tai Chi for health improvement. He has combined his knowledge of medicine, Tai Chi and coaching to further this purpose. He enjoys working to bridge the gap between East and West, traditional and modern Tai Chi stylists.
In recently years, Dr Lam has written "Teaching Tai Chi Effectively" and "Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms" books. The former is the first such book to systematically share effective methods to help students and teachers fulfilling their objectives based on scientific evidence and experience. The later is a multi-layer book for students and teachers of different levels. He has also designed a new program "Tai Chi @ Work" together with medical and industrial experts to help manage stress and turn that into a source of strength.
|Ms. Susan A. Matthews
Ms. Susan A. Matthews has been teaching Tai Chi and Qigong for more than 20 years. She studies various internal martial arts, including Wu and Chen Style Tai Chi, Xing Yi, and the Lan Shou System. She is certified in the MiZong School of Medical Qigong. As founder of the Shanti School of Taijiquan in Durango, Colorado, she has developed a unique Orthopedic Integration Therapy for chronic pain, based on Taiji principles of natural movement. Many practicing professionals have studied with her. She particularly has emphasized women's health in her practice, documenting nearly 10 years of case studies of women students progress through taijiquan and qigong .
Ms. Matthews has distinguished herself through her work to integrate internal martial arts training with some 15 years of study in the biomedical sciences and metaphysics. She bridges modern western medical knowledge with her internal martial arts practices and study. In addition to her internal martial arts training, she draws her one-of-a-kind approach from baccalaureate degrees in Molecular Biology and Anthropology/Archeology, and a Master of Science degree in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences where she studied neuroendocrinology, circadian rhythmicity, melatonin, and pineal gland. Currently, she is engaged in doctoral research in the Department of Cell and Neurobiology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. In her Ph.D. work, she focuses on the neural circuitry of the spinal cord, and the molecular and electrical connections involved in synchronized movement.
Susan has produced instructional videos on tai chi, including "Blood Circulation and Energy Gathering Qigong." She is asked regularly to bring her dynamic, effective style of teaching to a number of locations in the United States, while sharing information with a worldwide audience through her extensive informational website.
Gene Nelson, Founder and Head Instructor of Empire Tai Chi, has over
25 years of experience practicing and teaching Chinese Internal Arts. Gene has
studied Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Push Hands, Chin Na, San Jong, Taoist Meditation,
Traditional Chinese Weapons and Combat Tai Chi from some of the most respected
Tai Chi teachers past and present including Grand Master Jou, Tsung Hwa, BP
Chan, Fong Ha, Yang Gwing Ming, and Grand Master, TK Shih. Gene is an
ATCQA-certified Tai Chi Instructor (Level III).
In 1992, Gene founded The Empire Tai Chi Group. More than 3,000
students have attended traditional and diversified classes taught through
Empire. These classes have been held at research centers, schools, universities,
institutions and corporate headquarters. For the past 16 years Gene has taught
ongoing classes, open to the community, at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in
White Plains, New York. These classes and programs include comprehensive &
traditional, Yang Family Style Tai Chi, several Chi Kung sets, Nei Gung,
Breathing for Health, Meditation and adaptive Tai Chi programs for Balance and
Research groups have recognized Empire Tai Chi's experience and
their students' successes. Over the years Empire has been invited to participate
in studies including "Aging in America" by the New York City Department of
Aging; "The Joint Efforts Initiative" designed by The National Council on Aging
(NCOA); and "The Arthritis Management Program" a pilot project funded by Searle
For the past 7 years Gene has worked full time as president and senior
instructor of Empire Tai Chi and is presently developing plans to create a Tai
Chi, teacher training center.
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