logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA
Irish Culture
Home Finance


dailyclick
All times in EST

Clairvoyance: 08:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Martial Arts Site

BellaOnline's Martial Arts Editor

g

Guinness World Record for Most Tai Chi Performers

Guest Author - Caroline Chen-Whatley

On August 8, 2009, China entered the Guinness Book of World records again for having the most people performing Tai Chi at once.

The day marked the first national Fitness Day in China and was established to commemorate the 2008 Olympics which was held there. On this day, 33,996 people appeared before the Bird’s Nest Stadium, the primary location of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Those involved performed the simplified 24-posture Tai Chi. The previous record was for 30,648 people performing Tai Chi at once in Luoyang, Henan province. This was set in April 2004.

The people that participated came from all walks of life, some coming from many miles away from the capital to participate in the day’s event. The form lasted only a few minutes and under a misting sky. It was part of a greater celebration that was intended to encourage all Chinese to exercise at least one hour a day for better health and well-being. Attending were many government officials as well as the first ever Chinese gold medalist, Xu Haifeng, who won in 1984 for sharp shooting.

The simplified 24-posture Tai Chi was created by the Chinese Sports Committee in 1956 as a form of exercise for the masses. The four tai chi instructors that created the form started with traditional Yang family Tai Chi with the aim to give beginners an introduction to the basic elements of Tai Chi. The basic movements are recognizable by most people who practice Tai Chi.
The 24-postures are:

  1. Opening
  2. Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane
  3. White Crane Spreads Its Wings
  4. Brush Knee and Press
  5. Playing the Lute
  6. Repulse the Monkey
  7. Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail (left)
  8. Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail (right)
  9. Single Whip
  10. Wave Hands like Clouds
  11. Single Whip
  12. Pat Horse on Back
  13. Right Heel Kick
  14. Strike Ears with Both Fists
  15. Pivot and Left Heel Kick
  16. Snake Creeps Down, Golden Rooster Stands on Left Leg
  17. Snake Creeps Down, Golden Rooster Stands on Right Leg
  18. Fair Lady Works with Shuttles
  19. Picking Up the Needle from the Bottom of the Sea
  20. Fan Penetrates Back
  21. Deflect and Punch
  22. Apparent Close
  23. Cross hands
  24. Formal Close

Other Martial Arts Guinness World Records include:

  • Longest Punch-Bag Marathon – June 15-17, 2004. Held by Ron Sarchian. Was for 36 hours and 3 minutes in Encino, California, USA.
  • Most Competitive Full Contact Rounds – From 1993 to November 2005. Held by Paddy Doyle. Was for 6,264 competitive rounds held over the period of 13 years.
  • Most Concrete Block Broken in a Minute – January 9, 2009. Held by Ali Bahçetepe. Was for 888 blocks broken in Magrid, Spain.

This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Guinness+World+Record+for+Most+Tai+Chi+Performers to Twitter Add Guinness+World+Record+for+Most+Tai+Chi+Performers to Facebook Add Guinness+World+Record+for+Most+Tai+Chi+Performers to MySpace Add Guinness+World+Record+for+Most+Tai+Chi+Performers to Del.icio.us Digg Guinness+World+Record+for+Most+Tai+Chi+Performers Add Guinness+World+Record+for+Most+Tai+Chi+Performers to Yahoo My Web Add Guinness+World+Record+for+Most+Tai+Chi+Performers to Google Bookmarks Add Guinness+World+Record+for+Most+Tai+Chi+Performers to Stumbleupon Add Guinness+World+Record+for+Most+Tai+Chi+Performers to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Martial Arts Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Caroline Chen-Whatley. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Caroline Chen-Whatley. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
What is Dit Da Jow

Restarting Martial Arts After an Injury

Why are black belts black?

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor