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Mind Over Body Seminar


Dr. Zibin Guo and the Chattanooga Tai Ji Community to host

Mind Over Body Seminar October 29th 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Presentations are scheduled for…

1:oo  Fear, Anxiety and Angst: How Taiji Helps Tame the Emotional Brain by Dr. Kerry Freisen
2:00  How the Ancient Wisdom of Tai Ji Can Help You Recover From Back Pain by Dr. William Johnson
3:00  Tai Ji and Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy by William Wojasinski


$35 for CTJC members and $55 for non-members.


Your pre-paid registration fee for the seminar includes supper catered by the Depot Diner following the conference. Due to the necessity of ordering food in advance, we must require pre-paid registrations only. All registrants have the option of camping out on the grounds and spending the night in this beautiful natural setting.  You should bring your own camping gear.  No campfires are allowed. Bathrooms are available in the cabin.  

For those who spend the night, we will have a sunrise taiji practice outside followed by a simple breakfast.  After breakfast, Mr. Bill Wojasinski has offered to give a beginners class on fly-fishing.  We will probably be casting on dry land just to learn the technique. If you want to participate, bring your own fishing gear. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.


Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  Contact us ASAP at… to reserve your seat.



Dr. Kerry Friesen MD: Fear, Anxiety and Angst: How Taiji Helps Tame the Emotional Brain
Learning Objectives:    1) understand the role of the amygdala in regulating human emotions.  2) recognize that, fear and anxiety, are survival mechanisms and a by-product of evolutionary biology and therefore not automatically under conscious control.   3) learn how taiji can help tame the emotional brain by interrupting and retraining our "fear    system". 

Dr. Kerry Friesen is originally from Ontario, Canada, Dr. Friesen received his doctor of medicine degree from Queen’s University Faculty of Medicine. He completed postdoctoral training jointly at Wright State University School of Medicine and Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. While at Kettering Medical Center he was awarded the Albert A. Brust award for “Excellence in Internal Medicine.” He graduated summa cum laude in 1987.

Dr. Friesen is a Member of the Neuroscience Education Institute and the Age Management Medicine Group with special medical interests in neuroscience, disease prevention and targeted Neuro- Nutritional therapy. Dr. Friesen developed “Lipids4Life,” a lifestyle-based, non pharmacologic approach to cholesterol management and heart disease prevention. He is the author of the soon-to-be released book “The Real Cause Of Coronary Artery Disease: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know!”
Currently, Dr. Friesen is in private practice and lectures frequently on the subjects of Inflammation Overload, Accelerated Brain Aging and the Neuroprotective Lifestyle. His unique “brain-based” approach to health is the subject of his current eBook, “How To Build A Better Brain: It’s Easier Than You Think!” and “Balanced Brain—Balanced Body: The Brain-Based Approach To Permanent Weight Loss.”


Dr. William Johnson: How the Ancient Wisdom of Tai Chi Can Help You Recover From Back Pain
Back pain is second only to cold and flu symptoms as a cause for visits to the doctor’s office.  In this country the annual expenditures for treating low back pain exceed $100 billion.  It is estimated that 80% of adults will experience a debilitating episode of low back pain at least once in their lives.  Explore how the ancient wisdom of Tai Chi is supported by modern science and how the practice of this gentle meditative form of exercise can help you recover from low back pain.

William (John) Johnson is a chiropractor who has treated thousands of back pain sufferers in his 30 years of practice.  He is a board certified Chiropractic Orthopedist and a diplomat of the International Academy of Clinical Acupuncture.  John has studied Tai Chi with Dr. Zibin Guo since 2001 and has presented workshops on Tai Chi for back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain to physical therapists, occupational therapists, and chiropractors.  He had the privilege of leading the participants involved in the first study of the benefits of Seated Tai Chi for stroke and spinal cord injured patients that was developed by Dr. Guo and co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Siskin Hospital for Rehabilitation.  He continues to teach Seated Tai Chi to the ambulatory challenged at the Siskin Hospital Fitness Center.


William Wojasinski: Tai Chi and Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a degenerative nerve disease that can produce pain, loss of sensation, and an inability to control muscles. It can result from such problems as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes. At least half of all people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.
This presentation will explore the benefits of practicing Tai Chi for people experiencing diabetic neuropathy. Tai Chi has been shown to improve the physical performance, sensation and overall health of people dealing with the problems associated with this condition. Discussion will focus on how long-term Tai Chi practice can be a safe and effective intervention for those with diabetic neuropathy.

William W. Wojasinski has been involved with the martial, healing, and meditation arts of both China and Japan since 1966. He has been a student of Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo and is now a direct student of Master Yang Jun, 5th generation Lineage Holder of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. He is a Certified Instructor for the complete curriculum of Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. William teaches classes in evidence-based, health-oriented techniques for healthcare professionals and educators as well as support to corporate wellness programs. Offerings also include specialized classes oriented toward arthritis, diabetes, cancer fatigue, stress management and healthy aging as well as seated Tai Chi programs for the office, people with limited mobility or are wheelchair-dependent. William has written and published several articles on the benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong and currently serves as a health care professional on the Central Baptist Hospital Diabetes Education Advisory Board in Lexington Kentucky.


To The Preserve from Chattanooga:
I-75 South to I-24 West to I-59 South
From I-59 South take Exit 4 Rising Fawn
Turn Left onto Rising Fawn Road at the top of the exit
Turn Right at stop sign, continuing on Rising Fawn Road/Hwy 58/11 South
Go approx. 1/2 mile, turn Left on Newsome Gap Road (next to the Depot Diner)
Go approx. 1-1/2 miles, bear Left on Newsome Gap Road (at the Western Furniture sign)
Go approx. 2-1/2 miles, enter The Preserve
Follow the paved road, turn Right at the sign for Half Moon Hill (we will put our tai ji sign here)
To reach Water Wheel House for the workshop - continue until the gravel road ends
To reach Half Moon Hill House for presenters, turn right in approx. 50 yards


Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  Contact us ASAP at… to reserve your seat.


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