Outside the wind blew and snow lay on the ground but there was plenty of warmth found, for 87 participants, in the Danyus and Toryus led by President of Fung Loy Kok, Marsha Eberhardt.
For break times, Pu-errh with cool melon, strawberries, grapes, apple and orange, were carefully prepared by each task group. With three delicious hot meals each day, cooked and prepared in our own kitchen, the dragon inside never went hungry!
We spoke about the internal structure.
Wrapping and Unwrapping the form.
Keep chest open, push from the feet.
We spoke together about the 8 Virtues and how we can apply them in our daily lives.
Sacrifice – Doing the tasks without expectation of gratitude.
A new Dragon was assembled ready for Awareness Day 2015 at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto.
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Chris Lewis took 95 participants through the first 31 moves of the Lok Hup set that left us exhausted but happy.
About half of the participants came to Buffalo from Canada (Ottawa, Toronto, Woodstock, St. Catharines, and Guelph Ontario), and the US (Denver, Columbus Ohio, Chicago, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, St. Petersburg and Hallendale Florida, Ithaca, New York City, and Syracuse, New York).
A Pot Luck Dinner was held at the Kenmore Center on Friday, April 18th. We used the Tapestry Charter School for the program on Saturday and Sunday. Here are more photos from the weekend.
Thanks to all the volunteers and participants for making the National Lok Hup program a success.
We raised $29,000 from workshop donations, which Chris designated to go to the Taoist Tai Chi Society ® International Center – Fenway project.
The Vancouver Branch, like the other branches in the Pacific Region, welcomed in Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 21st with a fundraising event for the Fenway. Almost 50 attendees enjoyed a Florida-themed potluck dinner, complete with crab cakes and key lime pie for dessert. The evening’s entertainment included trivia, mini-golf and a skit centered on our “Fenway collage,” created by many class participants in the weeks leading up to the event.
The next day, 30 participants from the Vancouver, Surrey and Chilliwack branches converged on Chinatown in downtown Vancouver to walk in the Chinese New Year Parade on a crisp but sunny day. An estimated 100,000 people lined the streets while we walked, brush knee’d, and waved hands through the 1.3 km length of the parade. Many of those watching waved right back at us as we greeted them with the first jong. Such a unique opportunity for a demonstration of Taoist Tai Chi® arts was surely an auspicious start to the New Year on the West Coast!
Over 70 members and guests were booked in for the Western Region Centre’s Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday 28th February. Volunteers started arriving at around 11am to help with the cooking, laying of tables and decorating the practice hall. The dinner clashed with the Wales versus France Six Nations match but despite this, the ardent rugby fans among us still came along to celebrate with their tai chi family on the understanding that no-one was to check their phones for the score so they could watch it when they returned home.
Members and guests were treated to sesame, or prawn and sesame, toast, beef and green bean stir fry, chicken and cashew nuts, red Thai curry, and tofu in satay sauce, followed by frozen yoghurt cupcakes and fresh fruit. At the end of the meal there was a quiz, a raffle and a demonstration of the Sword set. Greetings from the branch were given by Jo Domin, from the Region by Dominique Coué, and from the National Board by President of TTCS GB Crispin Barker. The meal raised over £300 for the Fenway project and the raffle added a further £87.
After a fantastic evening, in which everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves, many of the members stayed to wash up and clear the practice hall ready for classes on Monday.
Everyone at the Western Region Centre would like to wish Gong Hei Fat Choy to all our tai chi family around the world. We hope you all have a happy and healthy year of the Goat.
First set of pictures from a fantastic day at the International Centre in Mono, celebrating the 2015 Lantern Festival!
The new year was enjoyed by the multinational team from FLKTTCS
The University of Essex Student’s Union invited the Taoist Tai Chi Society to join them on campus to celebrate Chinese New Year.
As we celebrate our 45th Anniversary this year the University of Essex celebrate their 50th, which added to the sense of occasion and celebration.
The main squares of the campus were adorned with red lanterns and dotted with market stalls which gave the feel of being in a Chinese market place. There were students of many nationalities and cultures and an atmosphere of festivity, fun, enjoyment and togetherness all adding to a sense of all cultures moving together in harmony. We added our own banners and flags to the colourful surroundings and the pleasant bustle and energy in the square. We felt honoured to help open the celebrations at 9:30am.
In the bright morning sun and sharp cool air we were joined by many people for an open class. Everyone entered into the spirit of the event wholeheartedly, with good humour and we all shared a very enjoyable experience. We were able to reach appear to close entrance together and share information about Master Moy and Taoist Tai Chi® arts.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University joined us for the first session and intimated that he would like to learn more. We very much hope he will take up our invitation to come and join us at our centre in Colchester.
After mid-day there was a small group doing a dragon dance but they were very inexperienced and welcomed and benefited from the input offered by one of our instructors who has trained with the dragon at our International Centre. If only…
Another one of our instructors was enticed to join a dance session and what a dancer! They did us proud.
Just before we were due for another session there was a gap in the proceedings. The students began to disperse so we quickly organised ourselves for a set to hold their attention. We were soon joined by some brave people who just couldn’t wait to try it out. Then, unfortunately, the rain began to drop and many left for the warmth and dryness of inside.
However, we were able to encourage a small and hardy group to join us to learn a few moves and something about who we are and what we offer. Again the group was a lot of fun and really gave it there all. We were so impressed by their willingness to learn. As we felt the floor becoming a little slippery underfoot we decided it was time to close but gave out many leaflets and cards.
We had a great time and everyone we met was extremely friendly and helpful and made us feel welcome. What a great advert for the University of Essex and start to this year of the Ram.