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
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Never seen the Dragons in action? Check out some of the video’s of our Dragons below:
After having joined fellow members in the Netherlands to celebrate Awareness Day in Helmond on the 7th of September, members in Belgium celebrated their own Awareness Day in Brussels on Saturday the 21st of September, doing demonstrations in the metro stations or just outside, depending on the weather. The group divided into two teams to cover a larger number of stations and, in the end, both groups joined together for a few additional demonstrations in the centre of Brussels. The green-yellow T-shirts caught the attention of the passers-by, some of whom showed interest and enquired about classes. It was a very pleasant way of practising and spreading awareness of Taoist Tai Chi.
On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, volunteers from the Southwest Aarea of the Central Branch took part in the parade and a demo at the 100th anniversary of the International Plowing Match in Perth County, Ontario.
Through the generosity of FLK we were ably assisted by four young volunteers from the International Centre, who performed as two lions in the parade as well as helping with the demo. The lions caused much excitement along the parade route, particularly with the children. Many oohs and aahs were heard when the lions were sighted. The addition of younger members was also a big asset to the demo.
Many thanks to all who helped make the day a great promotion for our organization, particularly the Centre volunteers.
Saturday the 7th of September was the day that members in the Netherlands celebrated their Awareness Day like we did in Toronto earlier this year. The weather a little cooler, no dragon dances and no helicopter but the same happy faces in these green shirts. Some 130 members from the Netherlands and Belgium left our TTCS Centre in Helmond in a colourful parade to the city centre to do lots of sets, to have fun and to make people aware of the arts we practice. At noon we returned to our Centre to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Grand Opening of our Centre. We served a very delicious lunch and among the participants were neighbours of the Centre, friends, family and two politicians of the City of Helmond. There also was a demo, a testimonial, live music (Portuguese fado) and again so many happy faces. What a beautiful day but also what a beautiful way.
While more than 1,300 members celebrated International Awareness Day in Toronto, those who couldn’t hop across the pond enjoyed regional events put on by the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain that offered a local parallel. On Saturday 10 August 2013, the Society held events in Edinburgh and Ipswich. Here’s a video of the Edinburgh festivities. Read all the way down to see photo slideshows from both events.
The Scottish Region celebrated Awareness Day in Edinburgh at the fantastic setting of the Ross Bandstand in West Princes Street Gardens, just below Edinburgh Castle. On a normal summer’s day the gardens are busy with lots of families, shoppers taking a break, and Continue reading
August 17–18, 2013, was a busy weekend of practice and celebration as the NYC Tri-State Branch celebrated Awareness Day 2013. Saturday kicked off with the final NYC Summer Streets demo and class. This is the fourth year that the city has shut down to cars a major artery from the Brooklyn Bridge, up Park Avenue, all the way to Central Park on the first three Saturday mornings of August. Each year we have offered Taoist Tai Chi demos and introductory classes from 9 to 10 am to all who walk, ride, jog, skip and otherwise pass by. (We are such an integral part of the programming we were featured in this year’s commercial.) This year was the biggest Summer Streets gathering ever, with more than 25 new students trying Taoist Tai Chi at our Park Avenue and 51st St. on August 18.
From the streets, we made our way back to our 29th St. location to hold our Annual Meeting, and then it was off to lunch. The afternoon was capped off by a local intensive, during which those instructors who had been at CIT Week in Orangeville shared some of the themes of this year’s teachings. Sunday it was time for an Awareness Day picnic in Socrates Sculpture Park, where among an ever-changing exhibit of large sculptures our popular weekly outdoor class faces the Manhattan skyline. (Also a popular feature of the park, we were recently featured in a local ABC News segment about outdoor classes around the city.) More than 40 people came to try Taoist Tai Chi and many of them stayed for the delicious pot-luck picnic. All in all many more people in the populous town are now aware of, and some have even tried, Taoist Tai Chi!
We are fortunate to have a great team of volunteer photographs among our member ranks. Together they captured the emotions and the memories of being part of the largest CIT Week and Awareness Day celebration in our history. Click on the links below to see the complete albums of the events and to be able to download your own memories of the incredible experience.
CIT Week Album
Awareness Day Album
Thursday’s Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi International Awareness Day in Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto was a record-breaker by any measure. More than 1,300 members from around the world gathered to demonstrate the Taoist Tai Chi™ arts, make dragons dance, welcome special dignitaries from national, provincial, and municipal governments, and celebrate the unique health and healing benefits of these special gifts that Master Moy gave us. Here are some images of the day courtesy of photographer Frank Duffy.
Many different spectators are getting watching enthusiastically as Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi Awareness Day unfolds on Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.