Dr. Zibin Guo, currently a professor of medical anthropology at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, is the founder and driving force behind the Chattanooga Tai Ji Community.
Since 2005, Dr. Guo has been working with the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Committee and the China Federation for People with Disability to promote wheelchair Tai Ji Quan as designed by Dr. Guo. On September 5, one day before the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, Dr. Guo’s wheelchair Tai Ji Quan form was premiered at the Paralympics festivity in Beijing. Dr. Guo’s form of wheelchair Tai Ji Quan has now been recognized as the standard form of wheelchair Tai Ji Quan and has been promoted throughout China.- TaijiCommunity
Olympic Gold Medalist, Joe Jacobi writes this about the work of Dr. Zibin Guo:
About 20 “experienced” Tai Ji participants take part in the demonstration – lined up in three rows, people practice slow and subtle movement of the word’s most popular Chinese martial art. In the perfectly synchronized movements, one man in the group stands out. Tucked in a corner of the back row, Dr. Zibin Guo is a quiet leader within this community. His attentive yet gentle movements speak to a balance that glows around him like a light.
The Tai Ji Community of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre present the “Body Mind Connection Seminar” on Saturday, May 22nd starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Theatre Centre on River Street. As part of the seminar, Dr. Guo will demonstrate a simple form of Tai Ji-Qi Gong to be practiced while seated at your desk and Dr. Freisen explains the “Neuroscience of Tai Ji: How the Body Builds a Better Brain.” Also, Dr. Johnson will present ideas about using Seated Tai Ji for Back Pain.
An article from NPR.org written in May of 2009 talks about Dr. Guo’s adaptation of Tai Ji for those confined to a wheelchair.
Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
Listen to Dr. Zibin Guo and Dr. Kerry Freisen on Taiji and the Mind/Body Connection: