Master Hao Zhihua gave a first-ever, enchanting, and unique performance for the Intel Developer Forum 2016 in April in Shenzhen, China. This new wearable Intel technology allowed Master Hao’s martial arts movements to be tracked in real-time, giving amazing artistic effects that has never been seen before:
It was such a great idea to pair Intel’s technology with Master Hao’s artistry in Taichi, Bagua, and Wushu sword. Master Hao felt wonderful in sharing her life’s work and art with such a large, international audience–bringing this hugely successful performance to life with a great, dedicated team (in collaboration with Clarity Creative Group).
Wushu West had a great time at the 24th CMAT competition in Berkeley, CA. Competitors came from all over the United States to show their hard-earned skills, and Wushu West had great representation in both the Wushu and Internal Martial Arts (Taichi and Bagua) competitions.
We had amazing Wushu beginners who even came when they were very sick, just to give their all and their best, because of the encouragement and great support from their parents. This is a great example for children in showing their confidence and dedication of both students and parents alike.
Thank you for all the Wushu West students who competed, Master Hao is proud that her students have shown their mental strength, skills, and hard work at CMAT.
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Wushu West is unique because Sifu Patti leads students with engaging warm-ups, cardio, and Qigong before beginning Taichi. Qigong and Taichi is known for its many health benefits both in science and traditional Chinese therapy. Exercises such as taichi has shown to help delay dementia, increase balance, circulation, and immunity. Taichi also helps sleep, relieves pain and reduces stress. Our students, young and old, have felt the results immediately.
Qigong and Taichi have powerful health benefits found in science, such as stress reduction, DNA repair, and weight loss. Qigong (气功), or “breath work,” is an ancient Chinese mind-body exercise characterized by deep abdominal breathing and mind-focusing activities. Taiji Quan (太极拳), or “Taichi,” means “the supreme ultimate fist,” is both an ancient Chinese self-defense and physical exercise. Taichi practice includes Qigong.
Qigong has been shown in studies to decrease stress and increase DNA repair:
- A study of highly-stressed students that took 10 weeks of Qigong found that these students had improved immunity (higher IgA) and lower stress (cortisol hormone) in their saliva samples compared to students who did not practice Qigong (Chan 2013).
- A randomized controlled trial of chronic fatigue patients who took 4 months of Qigong found that there was a statistically significant increase in DNA repair (telomerase activity) in blood samples and a statistically significant improvement in fatigue symptoms (Ho 2012).
Deep breathing exercises, such as Qigong and Taichi, can allow your body to lose weight. Watch this biochemistry PhD explain in her TEDx video how she was able to burn more fat doing taichi, than even running. When our body is under stress and adrenaline, our body burns sugar (glucose) not fat. The reason is that glucose gives more energy (9 calories/gm) than fat (4 calories/gm), and under stress your body will choose the substance with the most fuel in a fight-or-flight/stress response.
Scientific information provided by:
Amy Penn, MS
Research Assistant & WW Student
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Here, Master Hao Zhi Hua demonstrates Chen style Tai Chi.