Back in August, the New York City branch heard from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office that he was officially declaring August 14th “International Taoist Tai Chi Awareness Day” in celebration of our 40th anniversary. We’ve just received the official proclamation to hang in our club. The complete text is reprinted below.
Whereas: When it comes to a total body, mind, and spirit workout, few forms of exercise can compare to the Taoist Tai Chi. People of all ages are drawn to this workout because of the variety of movements, stress management benefits, and community approach of the International Taoist Tai Chi society, founded in Toronto, Canada, in 1970 by the late Master Moy Lin-shin, the Society is a vital resource for aficionados of this sport across the country and around the globe. That’s why the City of New York is proud to join with the New York branch in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the sport.
Whereas: The New York branch of the Society was founded in 1994, and currently offers classes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and parts of Connecticut. Not only a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, Taoist Tai Chi brings people together to facilitate cultural exchange and understanding at all of its branches worldwide. In commemoration of the practice’s 40th anniversary, members from all of the branches will simultaneously perform the 108-movements that make up the Taoist Tai Chi set at exactly the same time, with New York members taking to the streets to celebrate on Park Avenue and 51st Street as part of our city’s 2010 Summer Streets.
Whereas: On behalf of all New Yorkers, I commend the Taoist Tai Chi Society for organizing today’s event, and for fostering a terrific community through trainings for people of all abilities and backgrounds. Please accept my best wishes for an enjoyable day of events and much continued success.
Now therefore, I, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, do hereby proclaim Saturday, August 14th, 2010, in the City of New York as: “Taoist Tai Chi Awareness Day.”