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Grand Opening, 15th Anniversary, and International Workshop in Aruba November 22/23


The weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of November 2014 was a very special one for the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Aruba which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year. It was the Grand Opening of the new center at Stadionweg 13. A fully renovated center that accommodated its first International Workshop that same weekend.

On Saturday morning a start was made with the International Workshop. Both local members and members from other countries participated in this workshop led by the international Dave Frame and Nicole Morency.

Around noon the official Grand Opening Ceremony took place. As can be seen in the pictures included below, there were the speeches describing the launch and course of the Taoist Tai Chi Society Aruba during the past 15 years, a demo of a Taoist Tai Chi ™ set with an explanation of all its benefits, the blessing of the building with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance and the ribbon cutting at the main entrance symbolizing the Grand Opening of the new center.


While the guests were enjoying a festive drink on the terrace,  the practice hall was temporarily converted in a dining room. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal and after a (coffee!!) break it was back to practicing tai chi.  Not easy at first after a  full meal on a sunny afternoon, but the pointers and tips given by the international instructors made it worthwhile and everyone was glad to come back the next morning for the second day of the International Workshop.

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Christmas in Colchester: Taoist Tai Chi™ participants celebrate the holidays at the European Centre

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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” sang Bing Crosby as over eighty members arrived at the European Centre in Colchester last Saturday for the annual Christmas lunch. Greeted by a delicious glass of Fruity Fenway Xmas Pu-erh Punch, tropical palm trees, the twinkling Christmas tree and the deities looking on, the scene was a perfect example of cultural exchange.

The food preparations had begun in advance with various classes chopping vegetables in their tea breaks and a growing team in the kitchen. As one member later commented, “In how many other organizations would you find the directors, presidents and manager in the kitchen cooking the food for everyone?” And they did a fantastic job with roast chicken and chipolatas for the carnivores and buckwheat veggie nut roast for the vegetarians along with potatoes, carrot and swede mash, peas, brussel sprouts with chestnuts and of course lashings of gravy. After we spent a little time digesting, the desserts were wheeled out and everyone dug into Upside-Down Key Lime Pie and mincemeat tart with custard.

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A call had been put out asking for people interested in entertaining the crowd during an open-mic session and thankfully a few brave souls had signed up. Steve from Chiltern branch led the acts on guitar with a range of festive songs and some classic rock and folk numbers that the crowd sang along to.  Helen from Cambridge played a number of impressive Christmas tunes on her saxophone, despite having only been practicing for six months. Director Kate Mitchell then joined Steve with her recorder for some more beautiful music and singing.

During the lunch each table had also been debating a series of questions as part of the Christmas Quiz. Did you know that Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas in the 1640s? Or that mistletoe is not a plant but a parasite? And Father Christmas has his own postcode in Canada – HOH OHO? The winning table was awarded the surprise privilege of singing a few songs and they rose mightily to the challenge, as did most of the audience.

As with all of our events, the best part was saved until the end – the clean-up. And in excellent spirits everyone mucked in and had the place looking spick and span within no time.

The lunch was not the only event of the weekend, however, two Branches, Mid-Essex and North East Essex, also hosted a Friday night intensive led by Paul Davies, Sam Masters and a number of enthusiastic group leaders. The focus was on the don-yu and tor-yu, working on the connection with the feet and pushing up from the ground. There were lots of concentrated faces and smiles as people found new connections and deeper understandings. The well-deserved tea break included both Branches’ AGM’s, each completed in less than five minutes. A record we believe.

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All in all it was a wonderful weekend with the efforts of so many people enabling us to come together and practice the Taoist Tai Chi™ Arts and chanting as well as the arts of food, drink, music, quizzing and cleaning and of course fundraising – for the Fenway both through the meal and a raffle.

Merry Christmas, seasonal best wishes and a Happy New Year to you all with love from the Taoist Tai Chi Society in Great Britain.

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12 Hours of continuous Tai Chi and a fundraiser in Ballina Ireland, November 22nd

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Inspired by a desire to practise, the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Ireland got together for the 2nd annual “Tai Chi-a-thon” at the centre in Ballina, Co Mayo on Saturday November 22nd. Starting at 8am the “sets” ran seamlessly through until 8pm. No worries, all relaxed, instructors stepping in to lead hourly sessions and sometimes keeping going. Laughter, meals, tea, meetings, and chats all swirled around a soft and gentle core of movement.  57 taichi’ers took part and funds were raised towards the new International Centre in Dunedin. In this way, the energy lives on in Florida, and for those of us who attended, it was simply a day of Tai Chi.

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International Workshop at Southern European Center, November 29 – 30th

Greetings from the Southern European Center in Madrid. This weekend we are holding an International Workshop lead by Andrew Hung. Nearly 100 people from 10 different countries are enjoying the teachings from Andrew: shifting the weight, looking for the center, keeping eye-level. The good food allows us to work very intensely. Don’t you wish you were here?




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Open Door in Warsaw, Poland Oct 15th


On Wednesday, October 15th, the Warsaw branch of TTCS in Poland had a great pleasure to welcome 53 guests at Open Door. All together along with members, over 90 people participated in the activities conducted by two regular instuctors: Mariola and Zosia. We were also honoured of the presence of the district head of the Social Affairs and Health Department – Mr. Miroslaw Starzyński.

His warm words and a great kindness for the Society helped to overcome shyness and encourage all guests to join exercises.

 After more than one hour of practice, during which we familiarized new people with Taoist Tai Chi Society, we invited everyone to a hot meal. None of the springrolls were left and we still had time to practice a bit more.

The Open Door was once again a great proof of how strong Master Moy Lin Shin’s teaching are and how important it is to work together in harmony.

We would like to thank all the members for their commitment, starting from the preparation of the leaflets, through active participation in many demos and encouraging people to come to the Open Door, preparing posters in the windows of the club, cutting the vegetables, wraping spring rolls, cleaning the clubhouse and taking good care of our guests during the event, so they could feel warm and friendly atmosphere.

 Our eyes and mouths kept smiling through the whole day. Our joy is even greater now, because the very next day several new people, who came to Open Door, joined a beginner’s class.

In Polish language:

W ostatnią środę w naszym ośrodku na Miedzianej odbył się Dzień Otwarty. Ponad 90 osób w tym 53 gości miało okazję uczestniczyć w zajęciach poprowadzonych przez instruktorki: Mariolę i Zosię.

Szczególnie uradowała nas też obecność pana Naczelnika Mirosława Starzyńskiego, którego ciepłe słowa i ogromna życzliwość dla Stowarzyszenia pomogła przełamać nieśmiałość i zachęcić wszystkich gości do wspólnego ćwiczenia.

 Po ponad godzinnym ćwiczeniu, w trakcie którego przybliżyliśmy nowym osobom nasze Stowarzyszenie zaprosiliśmy wszystkich na ciepły poczęstunek. Żadna sajgonka nie ostała się na talerzu. Po jedzonku poćwiczyliśmy wspólnie jeszcze dobre pół godziny.

 Dzień Otwarty to po raz kolejny wspaniały dowód na to jak silne są nauki Mistrza Moy i jak ważne jest to, abyśmy działali wspólnie w harmonii. Dziękujemy wszystkim członkom za ich zaangażowanie, począwszy od przygotowania ulotek informacyjnych, poprzez liczny udział w wielu pokazach i zachęcanie osób do przyjścia na Dzień Otwarty, przygotowanie plakatów informacyjnych w oknach klubu, krojenie warzyw, zawijanie spring rolls, wymuskanie klubu i zaopiekowaniu się naszymi gośćmi w trakcie wydarzenia, tak, aby mogli poczuć przyjazną atmosferę.

 Bardzo cieszymy się z naszego wspólnego sukcesu, widać to w naszych uśmiechniętych oczach i buziach.

Radość nasza jest tym większa, że już następnego dnia na zajęciach grup początkujących pojawiło się kilkanaście nowych osób z Dnia Otwartego.

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Central Region Program in Orangeville, Oct 25 – 26

A Central Region Program Weekend and Branches Meeting took place at our Orangeville Centre on October 25 & 26. Co-hosted by Peterborough and Ottawa branches, we had record attendance of 170 people! Word must have got out about the talented breakfast crew.

Thank you to the Central Region Management Committee for a wonderful weekend of learning and being grateful. We were led by the dynamic duo of John Balinski and Jim Gazzard. Their clear, simple instruction with tor-yu and don-yu had us laughing and relaxing, and saying ‘thank you’. The opportunity to work in small groups with a seasoned leader was beneficial for both the seeing and the doing.

Two phrases that stood out for me were Relax and Open, and Let It Go, which can apply far beyond just the physical tai chi that we do. At the Branches Meeting on Saturday we discussed the whys and hows around the new donation direction our organization is taking. What do we need to know as instructors and how do we talk to our classes? Much different than a fee-for-service, these arts are taught with the understanding that the culture that Master Moy Lin Shin shared with us is one of giving. We respect and honour this culture by asking for donations and giving people the opportunity to give from their own heart. The discussions and sharing were very heartfelt and a great starting point to filter back to our locations.

It was announced that our usual Central Region Annual Report is going to become part of a larger National Annual Report for 2015, featuring very condensed summaries and photos of the activities of all branches in Canada. This is a wonderful opportunity for local branches to connect with the larger family of FLK TTC in Canada, and to remind ourselves that our individual locations, no matter how small, are a reflection of this larger group to which we all belong and support. We were encouraged to formulate a plan for promotion in 2015, keeping in mind that the number one reason people come through our doors is by word of mouth – which makes perfect sense for an organization that prides itself on its oral traditions.

In terms of Relaxing and Opening we were also encouraged to take that mindset with beginner class scheduling. Let’s be ready for new students whenever they are ready, not just when we’ve planned to receive them on our calendars. Start anytime, come and we will help you learn Taoist Tai Chi™, and much more if you are open to it!

Thank you to all the volunteers who looked after the many tasks of the weekend — really just opportunities to give a little in return for so much.

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International workshop in Slovakia, Oct 18 -19

TTCS of Slovakia hosted 2 day workshop in Bratislava on October 18 – 19. The workshop was led by Marsha Eberhardt. We welcomed 184 participants from many countries – Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Sweden, England, Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic.

 Our location started to fill Friday afternoon. Seniors cooked wonderful Thai soup for incoming participants. They welcomed each other, sat around rounded tables, drank tea and talked till late evening.

The program started Saturday morning in a school gym nearby. We divided into small groups where people worked together on their Tai Chi and discussed some topics. Groups had also tasks as cleaning, preparing refreshment and tea, serving food and washing dishes, so organization of the workshop ran very smooth.

Because of the great number of participants, lunch and dinner were served in 2 places at the same time – in our club and in a restaurant, which is in the same building. This worked very well and we were able to eat without long breaks.

 We had an interesting experience during Saturday evening session.  The lights went out during one of our Tai Chi sets, so we found ourselves almost in the dark. But fortunately no panic and screaming occurred. People stayed peacefully together in harmony movement, enjoyed the extraordinary moment and continued with the set while the lights gradually started to work again.

 The breakfasts were prepared and served in our location. More than 40 members slept there, so it was pretty lively during the weekend. Moreover, Sunday morning after breakfast we did chanting there. This was a powerful moment. Massive sound filled the whole space and started us for upcoming practice. Then we continued in gym and program finished with lunch at 2pm.

 Many people said this was the best workshop yet in Slovakia. It was definitively our biggest event yet. We did a lot of work, learned a lot and had a lot of fun.

 And yes, of course we did a lot of don-yus and tor-yus 🙂

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