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The Wu Yi Jie He Family System of Chinese Healing and Martial Arts

QiGong / Tai Chi - Business QiGong

An open letter:

 April 16, 2009

 To whom it may concern,

      Re: Chi Kung Tai Chi

I have been asked by Master George Picard, owner operator of Glenridge Martial Arts Academy to provide a testimonial regarding the subject matter and am happy to do so. Particularly, my comments are given as both a student and former senior human resources (HR) professional in the public and private sectors; and as an HR consultant for several years.

I have been a student of Chi Kung under Master George for approximately six-months. I also walk about 40-50-miles per week. Since working with Master George, my physical range of movement has improved dramatically from practicing the three-part postures involving the upper, middle and lower body. The activity has also improved my Karma (inner tranquility). I am 72-years of age.

Why this "dramatic" improvement? I fell and injured my back as a teenager; I worked hard for seventeen-years in skilled trades in construction and maintenance; I have worked in HR for thirty-three years, a mostly sedentary activity; I served in the British army for two-years; I ran for twenty-years including three marathons; I rode and raced bicycles for several years; and in 2008, I did a tandem skydive; I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) in 1992. Cumulatively, these things have created some physical stiffness and disk degeneration.

As an HR professional, I have been involved with creating and implementing various measures to improve employee alertness; fitness, and overall well-being in an effort to reduce absence and improve productivity. In my considered opinion, the introduction of Chi Kung Tai Chi into any workplace (blue & white collar) would improve morale, self-esteem and productivity. It should also positively affect the bottom-line costs associated with casual and disability absence which, in turn should reduce health insurance costs.

Please feel free to contact me for further information.


Andy Redman, CHRP (Rtd)
 45 Linden Street
 St Catharines, Ontario  L2R 1H7

The information Research has long proven the relationship between work and stress but more and more it finds that individuals who participate regularly in some form of physical activity benefit from increased energy levels and decreased stress levels. While most employees are aware of these facts, many are unable to find time to regularly participate in physical activity.

Employers are recognizing this fact and are taking the lead in supporting their employees in making the commitment to physical wellness. Employers are analyzing their Total Rewards structure and making the connection to the overall wellness of their employees and their role in contributing to their employees' health. Some are increasing their employee benefits to include an annual sum towards a gym membership while others are dedicating space for on site gyms.

While every form of physical activity has a benefit, some are easier to implement and require less time commitment and financial commitment. Business QiGong is a form of Tai Chi which as been proven to relieve effects from stress and tension, relief of neck, shoulder and back pain, rehabilitate for high blood pressure and heart disease and development of a frame of mind for overcoming depression.

The phrase QiGong (pronounced "chi gong") is a combination of two ideas: "Qi" means air, breath of life and "Gong" means the skill of cultivating self-discipline and achievement. The art of Qi Gong consists primarily of meditation, relaxation, physical movement, mind-body integration and breathing exercises. It teaches inner strength while toning muscles, increasing flexibility and boosting immune power. It is a perfect fit for implementing an employee fitness/wellness into organizations due to the fact that:

  • It is self paced and non competitive
  • It can be done anytime, any place
  • There is no need to dedicate space
  • There is no need to wear specialized clothing
  • It can be done alone or as part of a group
  • It is suitable for employees of all ages and physical fitness levels

This innovative practice of Business QiGong is the brainchild of Master George Picard who started his martial arts training in 1971. He started teaching QiGong and Tai Chi in 1996 in Toronto. He is the owner of Glenridge Martial Arts Academy in St. Catharines, Ontario. Master Picard's focus is to help people heal their various conditions and attain higher levels of health and awareness, through QiGong and Tai Chi.

Master Picard will partner with organizations to design a QiGong program that will work for any size of group. Once the program has been implemented, he will coach an employee to lead the program internally so that it can be done on a regular basis. Based on each company's request, Master Picard will be available for ongoing support and coaching to ensure the program maintains its momentum.

The enclosed brochure provides a more detailed look at the benefits of QiGong as well as a variety of testimonials. To learn more about QiGong and how it can benefit the employees of your organization, please contact me at (905) 684-7950. I look forward to working with you to increase the overall wellness of your employees.

   Sifu George Picard