World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day brings millions of people together worldwide to celebrate health and wellness through the gentle mind-body practices of Tai Chi & Qigong.


This is a free public event featuring instruction and demonstrations of Tai Chi and Qigong by local instructors and practitioners. Anyone may participate, regardless of experience level.

A community potluck will follow. Please bring a healthy dish to share.

Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Recreation Park, East Asheville, Picnic Shelter 3 (closest to swimming pool)

69 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805

Located along the Swannanoa River, Recreation Park is in the same complex with Azalea Park 

and the WNC Nature Center. Link to: Google Directions.


10:00 am to 10:15 am: Community gathering and greetings

10:15 am to 11:30 am: Introductory Qigong class, Tai Chi demonstrations, and more

11:45 am: Community potluck (please bring a healthy dish to share)

We will conclude by 1:00 pm.

Click the link to learn about World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Questions? Please email Larry Cammarata.

Meet the Event Team


Mark Small was a taiji bum after discovering taijiquangong fu in 1958 as a child actor but began serious practice as a teenager —always preferring Neijia, internal practices over the then popular Bruce Lee influences in . He sought out teachers for over forty five years diversifying his exclusively Chinese practices with many prominent teachers that including, among others:   Colonel Y.W. Chang - Chen Pan Ling Taiji, Jou Tsung-Hwa - Chen Taiji, Wu Wen-Ching and Wei-Lun Huang - Yang Taij, Yang Yang - Chansigong, and our own Thomas Lussier - Liuhebafa.

Mark has been teaching in our region for over thirty years as a 5th generation Yang Family Shifu out of the Choy Kam-man Academy in San Francisco where he began his training in 1973.  He is a 1st generation inner door disciple of Grandmaster Chen Yun-Ching of the Chen Pan-ling International Martial Arts Association (ROC), and a 4th degree Black Sash master in the tradition of Grandmaster Liang Shou-yu’s Wuji Xiaoyao Pai school in Vancouver, Canada. He is a member of the U. S. Kuoshu Federation (USKSF) and a board member of the Carolina Association of Chinese Martial Artists (CACMA). Along with his students, he is a past gold medalists in internal and external forms and push hands competition and you can find his videos on Facebook and Youtube.  

Mark has published numerous magazine articles on spiraling qigong in T’ai ChiQi, and the Journal of Martial Arts as well as his book entitled Taiji, Xingyi, Baguaquan Throwing By Way of Our Modern Masters.  Along with two local past students, Liz Ridley and Thomas Lussier and two who teach outside our region, he still teaches Chinese systems in his Long Shan (Mountain Dragon) Gong Fu School at the Montford Recreation Center. 

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Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. is an instructor of Tai Chi and Qigong and is also a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in mindfulness-based therapy and education. He has received advanced training in Tai Chi and Qigong in China and in the US. In addition to teaching weekly classes in Asheville, NC, Larry teaches internationally through his educational organization Mindfulness Travels. Larry is a member of the Certification Committee of Tai Chi Healthways, an organization founded and directed by world renowned Tai Chi Master and Qigong expert Dr. Jesse Tsao. Larry has nearly 30 years of Tai Chi and Qigong experience, and has hosted or co-hosted this Asheville event since 2009. For 2020, Larry will be providing administrative support to the Asheville World Tai Chi & Qigong Day team from afar, as he will be somewhere across the globe at the time of the event.

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Jennie Boyd Bull is a certified Tai Chi instructor with Tai Chi Healthways of San Diego, CA, directed by Master Jesse Tsao. She has studied Tai Chi since 2003 and has taught the Simplified Tai Chi 24 Form since 2008, under master teacher Dr. Alex Feng of Wu Tao Kuan Martial Arts Institute in Oakland, CA.  Jennie currently studies classical qigong, Yang Style Tai Chi, and Chen Style sword with Dr. Larry Cammarata. Students enjoy her clear and supportive teaching. She also teaches weekly Tai Chi and Qigong classes in Yancey and Mitchell Counties

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Liz Ridley has been studying and teaching Tai Chi since the late 1990's. She is a Level 2 Instructor with the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association. She teaches 24 Form Tai Chi, Sun Style 73, Tai Chi 10 Form and Tai Chi Fan plus various Qigong forms. In addition to practicing those forms, she studies Lieuhebafa with her long time teacher Sifu Mark Small of the Mountain Dragon School here in Asheville NC.

©  L. Cammarata 2019