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WOW!  Another large gathering at the Toronto Branch, Etobicoke location Intensive on December 9, 2014.

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The Fung Loy Kok Toronto Branch in the Central Region, Canada, hosted another amazing Intensive on December 9, 2014 at its Etobicoke location. Over 150 participants attended and enjoyed a great evening of fellowship, and Taoist training led by Tony Kwong. Intensives are 3 hour sessions conducted for education and fundraising throughout the Central Region.  As part of our philosophy and oral traditions, senior instructors volunteer their time to lead these sessions and share their insights and understandings.

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For the Toronto Branch, this was the final intensive of the year, and at just this Intensive over $3,000 in donations were made by enthusiastic participants to support the organization’s current projects, most noteworthy the Fenway renovation project  in Florida. Also, a gift box was donated by the Markham-Stouffville location and raffled. The raffle raised over $300. John Balinski was the raffle winner. He, in turn, re-donated the gift box to the St. Catherines location for an event planned at that location for the following weekend.

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The evening commenced with an excellent pot luck dinner.

It was followed by a set (moving meditation) and then standing meditation.  Tony then led the group through foundations, with much time spent on Tor- yus and Don-yus. Everyone worked hard and enjoyed the practice and refinements shared by Tony. Tony also demonstrated the first part of the set up to repulse monkey and then Marsha Eberhardt, President of the Fung Loy Institute of Taoism, demonstrated wave hands like clouds. Watching and meditating on the moves assists us in achieving deeper understanding and in gaining enlightenment.

The next Toronto Branch intensive will take place in February 2015 at a Mississauga location.

Participants in Central Region and the Toronto area extend best wishes to all participants worldwide for the New Year and look forward to crossing paths at future events.

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Holiday Season Banquet 2014!

Over 450 people enjoyed our traditional Holiday Season Banquet 2014 at Dim Sum King on Dundas St. in Toronto on Sat Nov 29th.

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Festive Fun Day in Edinburgh, 06 Dec 14

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On Saturday 6th December, members had the opportunity to join in Taoist Tai Chi Society activities throughout the day at the UK National Centre in Edinburgh.

The aim of the day was to gather together for Taoist arts and some festive fun, while also fund-raising for the new International Centre at the Fenway in Florida.

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Members in Edinburgh, Scotland feel a special connection with Dunedin, Florida. A millennium-and-a-half ago, the settlement that has become Edinburgh was named Din Eidyn in the ancient Cumbric language. To this day, in Scottish Gaelic the city is known as Dùn Èideann.

Our day started early with chanting practice followed by a three-hour open class attended by 50 people, led by the President of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain, Crispin Barker. A pot luck lunch, catching up with old friends, rounded off the morning.

Throughout the afternoon, a team drawn from leaders of the Society in Scotland worked in the kitchen to prepare a festive dinner of turkey and all the trimmings, nut roast with tomato and garlic sauce, and a surprise dessert.

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Meanwhile, in the practice hall, a project to raise funds for the Fenway was brought to completion. Over the past two months, members in Edinburgh and beyond have been collecting twenty-pence coins each worth around 30 US cents. The target was to collect enough coins to lay edge-to-edge along the length of the UK National Centre, which measures nearly 40 metres from front windows to back wall. This would require 1,900 coins with a value of £380. Good news! We didn’t just reach the target, we smashed it! £656.40 was collected, a sum in excess of 1,000 US dollars.

In the early evening, seventy members, family and friends gathered for a most enjoyable meal. But what of the dessert? Home-made “Key”- Lime pie, in recognition of fund-raising for the Fenway in the Sunshine State, and much appreciated on a dreich (= dull and miserable) December evening in Scotland.

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Our twelve hour day was completed with a ceilidh in which everyone, from youngest to most senior, joined in Scottish country dancing to a live band. Donations for the evening raised a further £500 for the Fenway.

Fellowship, fun and fund-raising: a grand day. Happy Holidays!

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Tampa Bay Botanical Gardens Holiday Lights – Opening Night!

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What a festive and fun demo evening we had in the cold weather Thanksgiving Friday on the first night of the Botanical Gardens Annual Holiday Lights celebration. All of the Tampa Bay branches were invited to participate and we were thrilled to have more than 60 TTCS participants kickoff the night with a set of 108 moves – that’s really one move, right?   Most of the tai chi-ers were from St. Petersburg and Dunedin, since we are closer to Largo, plus did I mention it was cold?

Each of us was given a glow necklace to wear, seasonal red or green, of course. Visiting children were also delighted to wear them, and jumped right into the set with big smiles. They and a number of adults joined in for our mini-class, and then participated in another set. Image 2

Patti, our organizer, narrated the first set, while David and Lynne narrated others. The emphasis throughout was having fun and improving our balance. Some of us found the slant of the “floor” a challenge to our “usual” balance! We shared many of the health benefits of the Taoist Tai Chi™ arts, talked about our founder Master Moy Lin Shin, the Society, our area Branches, the mind/body connections and the impact of tai chi on the whole body and mind. We spoke about volunteerism and our goals to become better people with good hearts. We shared information about the upcoming Open Houses and classes, including Health Recovery. Of course, we described what was happening during each set and as we did our standing jongs.

Opening night is the largest attended evening during the Holiday Lights season and we were thrilled at the large number of people who stopped, watched, and listened to everything we did and talked about. During our short breaks many enthusiastic conversations took place between participants and observers.Image

The Botanical Gardens is always a wonderful venue to have the opportunity to perform a demonstration of our Taoist Tai Chi™ and this year was better than ever. The head of volunteers there could not be more kind or efficient providing us such a nice date, space and audio system for the speakers.   If you are in the area next year when we have this annual happening, be sure to join us and bring friends and family. Everyone has a grand time and we get to help make more people aware of the fun we have and benefits we gain from our Taoist art.

 

 

 

 

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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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Prague Intensive hosted by TTCS Czech Republic, November 22nd

 

TTCS of the Czech Republic hosted the Intensive on 22nd Saturday in Prague, lead by Robert Szaj from Poland.
IC Praha 052Exactly 70 members from all over Czech Republic gathered to work hard and enjoy intensive tai chi with others. A week before we were enlightened by a thought to find a bigger space than our Clubhouse as more and more people were willing to come.

Finally we managed in a quite short time to rent a gym just 3 minutes walk from the Clubhouse. Still, we fit into the gym accurately. Beside lots of Taoist Tai Chi™  it was a nice language experience of Czech/Polish/English instructing. IC Praha 036We were enjoying lots of sets and don-yus with “smile – uśmiech” instruction as well as with the other Robert’s supportive one “five more…minutes”. We also managed a quick raffle.

The close proximity of the Clubhouse allowed us to keep the original plan – Around 40 people set up the round tables after the Intensive and enjoyed delicious homemade pumpkin soup and loads of amazing homecakes made by members.

 

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Sets on our new lawn by participants of the International Program Week in Dunedin

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