As more Americans reach retirement age, many are looking for ways to remain physically and emotionally fit. Longtime martial arts enthusiast and journalist Michael Byrne is convinced that the solution for young and old is Tai Chi, a slow-paced martial arts exercise that includes therapeutic breathing, or Qigong. A practitioner of Tai Chi and Qigong for almost three decades, Byrne has seen how this discipline can improve balance, flexibility and inner peace.
In an effort to witness this phenomena first-hand, and to spread the word, Byrne will journey across the country to visit teachers and students, and track the remarkable growth of Tai Chi and Qigong. He believes that Baby Boomers would benefit most from adopting this “internal” martial art, but people of all ages will enjoy it and derive many benefits.
As Byrne travels the United States, he will chronicle his journey on his blog – as well as gather information for a book. He says he is inspired to go on the road and tell the story by Jack Kerouac’s “Dharma Bums,” which chronicled a similar search by the earlier “Beat Generation.”
Byrne also will sponsor and participate in online discussions with fellow Tai Chi practitioners, instructors and masters. These discussions will explore the history of Tai Chi, its growing popularity and its many benefits. Byrne also will participate in community events along the way, and promote the training with local media outlets.
The book at the end of the journey will illuminate the search for health and vitality through Tai Chi, relating personal stories he hopes will create a touchstone for other Tai Chi enthusiasts. “This is an ambitious project, but I believe it is something I’ve always been destined to do,” says the U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a Chinese and Vietnamese linguist.
You can help make the journey successful by contributing to Byrne’s Kickstarter campaign. Not only will you help him track a new wave in personal fitness among old and young alike, but you also can help shape the story of “The New Dharma Bums”.
To learn more about Michael Byrne or to contribute to his campaign, please visit https://goo.gl/mkGB2w
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Company Name: The New Dharma Bums
Contact Person: Michael Byrne
Country: United States