Bay International Taiji Festival 2000
Our first Thunder Bay International Taiji Festival was hosted
by our Association and the City of Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre.
It was held at the Centre from July 23rd and 24th, 2000. The
purpose of the Festival was to promote Taiji as a healthy
way of life, to offer to the general public an experience
of Chinese culture and to celebrate the 300th anniversary
of Chen Wang Ting, the father of Taijiquan, in the the Year
of the Dragon.
During the years of promoting Taiji in our community, we have
seen a steady increase in community interest. There is an
increasing proportion of older adults in North American society.
It has been our experience that more and more adults, particularly
seniors, are taking responsibility for their health care by
making healthy lifestyle choices. Many have discovered the
benefits to health and well being benefits of practicing Taiji,
not only on a physical level, but for mental and spiritual
growth as well.
The Peng You Taiji Quan Association was honored to have our
Grand Master Wang Jianhua as a member
of our Executive Organizing Committee. During his two visits
to Thunder Bay, he received enormous support from our Association
members, other Martial Artists, the local community and the
City of Thunder Bay. Since his return to China, Master Wang
has been acting as bridge between the Association and Taiji
and Wushu organizations in China.
The Peng You Taiji Quan Association's intention to host an
Taiji Festival received strong support from the City of Thunder
Bay which became an organizing partner.