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Scottish Region Awareness Day in Edinburgh

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It’s happened again! …. arriving by charter bus from as far away as Aberdeen, Forfar, Dundee and Glasgow, and by train from Inverness, not to mention the locals from Edinburgh and Linlithgow, over a hundred members from across Scotland converged on Edinburgh, the Festival city, for the Scottish Region Awareness Day celebration on Saturday 23 August, 2014.

Taking a cue from International Awareness Day events in Canada, everyone lined up neatly in rows and columns for the set, just like in Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, earlier in the month. The region’s senior instructors took to the PA system, providing commentary aimed at participating members and the spectating public.

As always, volunteers were on hand to give out leaflets promoting new classes – in Edinburgh, Scotland, GB and around the world. It’s worth mentioning the global aspect – we spoke to people from Scotland, England, Wales, France, Germany, Poland, USA, Russia, South Korea, and more.

The Scottish summer provided a refreshing mix of sunshine, and rain, and then sunshine again. A bit of a shower didn’t dampen spirits – while their comrades sheltered under the canopy of the Ross bandstand to practice their Foundation exercises, some brave souls performed ‘the ‘wet set’.

And, as in Toronto, members of the public were able to have a taste of our Taoist Tai Chi™ arts in the Open House area, where some of our experienced volunteer instructors showed them the first few moves of the sequence we practice together.

Then, to a heartbeat drum rhythm, the sunshine brought the dragon out of its lair for a parade around the gardens, and was the usual big hit with the spectators, many of whom wanted to have their picture taken with the beastie. Some even pulled matching dragon faces.

All too soon, the afternoon in the gardens came to a close. But the day was not over – the charter buses brought the multitude back to the UK National Centre, for afternoon tea and a spectacular choice of home-baking. There, GB Vice President Philomena Pretsell thanked everyone for coming and extended an invitation to come again, for events at the Centre and elsewhere.

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Share your Awareness Day 2014 Photos

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Did you take any photos of International Awareness Day at Young-Dundas Square? We would love to see them! Use the link below to upload a few to our photo stream on SmugMug and let all of our participants share the memories.

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Awareness Day Warm-up

The drums are beating and dragons are uncoiling themselves from their lairs as hundreds of participants at the  International Centre prepare for Awareness Day in Toronto on August 7.photo 2

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We want you to Tweet about IAD on Aug 7th!

We need your help to get Taoist Tai Chi™ arts more exposure online – so let’s make some online noise around Awareness Day this year.

You can watch the live stream of events from Young-Dundas Square, and help out by making Taoist Tai Chi™ a trending topic on Twitter!

We encourage everyone to tweet greetings, messages, and pictures on Aug 7th using the hashtag #TaoistTaiChi !

No matter where you are: on the square in Toronto, at home or work, at your local club or location watching the live broadcast, or wherever!

If we have the most tweets on that day with this hashtag, we’ll become a trending topic on Twitter – which is a really good thing!!

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Spread the word: Awareness Day 2014

Date: August 7, 2014 (Thursday)
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square Toronto, Canada
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Registration:  This is a public event, everybody is welcome.


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Let’s spread the word! International Awareness Day is right around the corner!

This guy is ready! What about you?

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Join hundreds of enthusiastic Taoist Tai Chi™  participants on Young-Dundas Square Aug 7th.

Here are just a few good reasons to join us on our 2014 International Awareness Day:

  • Free introductory classes for the public
  • Colourful dragon dances
  • Presentations from local, national, and international dignitaries
  • A festive parade

It’s open to everyone, a lot of fun, a beautiful sight, and you’ll be able to learn Taoist Tai Chi™ arts in one of our free intro sessions.


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Schedule for the day:

9:00 am     Taoist Tai Chi™ arts demonstrations & free intro sessions

10:00 am    Greetings from distinguished guests

11:00 am    Taoist Tai Chi™ arts demonstrations & free intro sessions

11:30 am     Parade with samba band & dancing dragons

12:30 pm    Taoist Tai Chi™ arts demonstrations & free intro sessions

2:30 pm      End.


Even if you can’t be there – we need your help to share the excitement!

Can’t be there in person? Watch the live stream here. 

Not registered yet? Sign up for a free Taoist Tai Chi™ arts intro session here.

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Awareness Day Live Broadcast

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Those who can not join the Awareness festivities this year, can follow the event via live broadcast !

People can watch the event from home or can – of course – get together with fellow participants and watch it together at their club/centre.

When: August 7, from 9AM until 2PM

Where: http://www.taoist.org/live

Replay available? Yes. The video will stay available after the event, so it can be replayed at a later time. 

Publish&Share? Yes! You can publish this live stream on your websites and Facebook pages, Twitter etc.

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Click here or on the image below to view Details, Pictures, Schedule & Live Video Stream

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Now recruiting: Dragon Team!

Dragon Team - now recruiting

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a dragon leg?
Or to be the pearl and lead the Dragon along the streets of Toronto?
Or to find out how your dan-yu’s can help make the Dragon dance?

Well, this is your chance!
The Dragons will be running the streets of downtown Toronto on Awareness Day and the Centre grounds during CIT Week once again. They can’t walk, run, dance or fly without legs though…..so sign up for the Dragon Training practice sessions!

Training Sessions, International Centre, 2-4 pm:
April 20th, May 4th, June 15th, July 3rd, August 3rd

During CIT Week August 4th-6th:
Every day from 8:30am-9:30am and 1:30pm-2:30pm

Dragon Team practice on Facebook >

Sign up via e-mail >

Never seen the Dragons in action? Check out some of the video’s of our Dragons below:

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