The International Forum on Taijiquan 2006


About the International Forum on Taijiquan 2006

Con College logoThe conference venue was Confederation College, a principal partner in organizing the Forum and providing the facilities and staff volunteers.
Peng YouPeng Youlian had the inspiration to invite the masters, and the enthusiasm to convince us to host the conference. He is the diplomat who negotiated everything connected with Chinese participation.The Peng You Taiji Quan Association, applied for grants, hired Pat Forrest, the conference coordinator, and provided many of the volunteers.South China Normal University in Guangzhou provided a model by putting on the first International Forum on Taijiquan in 2003 and offering suggestions and communication with scholars in China.Thunder Bay City Council gave us the first crucial grant that let us hire our coordinator and enabled funding from FedNor (Industry Canada) and Ontario (Communities in Action Fund).The delegates, came from China, Japan, Sweden, England, Mexico and of course, mostly from the United States and from Canada.

Thunder Bay Declaration

Two very successful International Forums on Taijiquan have now been held. The first was held in Guangdong, hosted by South China Normal University in 2003. The second was held in Thunder Bay, Ontario and hosted by Confederation College and the Peng You Taijiquan Association in 2006. Enthusiasts came from 5 continents and 8 different countries to celebrate Taiji, to share with each other and to learn.

The International Forum on Taijiquan 2006 was endorsed with letters of support by the Prime Minister of Canada, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China and the Premier of Ontario. Members of Federal and Provincial Parliaments, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, the Mayor of the City of Thunder Bay, the President of Confederation College and the President of South China Normal University gave their support with letters and by participating in the Forum.

Taijiquan, as we all know, is one of the treasures of traditional Chinese Culture. There is a growing body of scientific research that supports the anecdotal claims of health benefits for practitioners of the art. This exercise which benefits both mind and body is being embraced by more and more people all over the world. Thunder Bay, “The Martial Arts Capitol of Canada”, is a city where a remarkably high percentage of people do this wonderful exercise. It was fitting that the second Forum take place here.

Events like these create interest and foster the further spread and development of Taiji. Let us keep the momentum and gather the energy to stage a third Forum in the near future. We hope to meet you all again soon at the Third International Forum on Taijiquan!

Why Thunder Bay? Why not in Thunder Bay?

Thunder Bay is a hot-bed of taijiquan. On Canada Day, July 1, 2003 over 1000 people joined to do taiji in the Marina Park. Surrounded by the Boreal forest and Lake Superior to the south we have a beautiful and inspiring natural environment. We have a spirit of working together to promote health and sport which you see in the Thunder Bay Martial Arts Council. Thunder Bay people are friendly and hospitable – a small city with a big heart.

Sounds like a good place, but how did you persuade the Grandmasters to come to this small isolated city in Northwestern Ontario?

Master Zeng Nailiang came here on three previous occasions so he was able to assure the other masters about the place and the people. In 2005 Master Chen Zhenglei made a brief visit to meet us and to see the venue. Obviously he liked what he saw.

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Co-chairs of the Forum

Patricia Lang Patricia Lang, President of Confederation College

Wang Guojian, President of South China Normal University.

Wang Guojian

The Steering Committee:

  • Conference Coordinator – Pat Forrest
  • Chair – Oliver Reimer, Peng You Taiji Quan Association (PYTQA)
  • Treasurer – Brenda Reimer, PYTQA
  • Taiji Liaison – Peng Youlian, President PYTQA, President Confederation of Traditional Taiji Quan Associations, Vice President Thunder Bay Martial Arts Association (TBMAC)
  • Confederation College Representative, Tim Kerbashian, Director of International Education, Confederation College
  • Confederation College – Mary Zaina, Programme Coordinator
  • Academic Committee Chair – Jane Taylor, Professor of Kinesiology, Lakehead University
  • Volunteer Committee Chair – Wayne Bilbrough PYTQA
  • Venue and Risk Management Chair – Ed Linkewich, Project Coordinator, Thunder Bay Falls Prevention Coalition
  • Showcase Committee Chair – Kevin Kennedy, President TBMAC
  • Translation Committee and Hosting – Su Jing
  • Thunder Bay Chinese-Canadian Association – Edward Chang, President
  • Negahneewin College – S. Brenda Small, Dean
  • Lakehead University Representative – Gary Boire, Dean of Graduate and International Studies
  • Lakehead University Wendy Bons, International Recruitment Officer, (alternate)
  • Frances Wesley, Urban Aboriginal Strategy

     Mr. Chen Zhenglei   chinese name
Taiji Master from Chen Family. Vice-chair of Henan Martial Arts Association, Coach for Chinese National Martial Arts Team. Member of the Chinese Martial Arts Committee. One of the Top Ten Martial Arts Masters in Modern China.
     Mr. Yang Zhenduo  chinese name
Taiji Master from Yang Family. Son of Yang Chengfu and great-grandson of Yang Luchan, the founder of Yang Taiji. Vice-chair of Shanxi Martial Arts Association, President of Board of Directors of the International Yang Taiji Association. Member of the top 100 in Chinese Martial Arts Circles. Honorary Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, 1986.
     Mr. Wu Wenhan  chinese name
Taiji Master from Wu Family. Honorary President of Handan Taiji Association, Hebei Province. Honorary President of North American Wu (Hao) Taiji Union. Winner of “Meritorious Cup” of Chinese Yongnian International Taiji Friendship Association, 2002.


     Mr. Eddie Wu Kwong Yu   chinese name
Head of Wu Family and Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan. 5th generation direct descendant of the Wu Family. President and CEO of the International Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation. Director and vice-president of the Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations, Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.


      Mr. Sun Yongtian  chinese name 
Taiji Master from Sun Family. The 3rd Sect Head of Sun Taiji. Vice-chair of Beijing Martial Arts Association. Standing Vice-president of Sun Taiji Research Institute. Permanent Honorary President of American and Hongkong Sun Taiji Research Institute.
     Mr. Zeng Nailiang  chinese name
National Level Martial Arts Coach. Vice-chair of Fujian Martial Arts Association. His students Gao Jiamin and Chen Sitan are Champions in Chinese National, , Asian and World Martial Arts Championships. He was awarded “Experts of Outstanding Contributions” in 1993, and in recognition of which, he now enjoys a special subsidy from the government.
     Mr. Ma Hailong  
Taiji Master from Wu Family. His grandfather Wu Jingquan and mother Wu Ronghua and father Ma Yueliang are well-known Taijji Masters in China. He is President of Shanghai Jianquan Taiji Organization.


Monday, July 17

1 pm – 5 pm Registration, information, tours Student Lounge
5 pm – 8 pm Welcome Reception
Opening Ceremony
Fort William Historical Park

Tuesday, July 18

7:30-8:45 am Breakfast buffet Ryan Hall
9:00-10:30 am Opening Plenary Session – “Taijiquan: the Breadth of the Art” – The six masters will introduce their styles. History, unique aspects, demonstration and relationship to other styles. Lecture Theatre 351
10:30-11:00 am Refreshment Break Lobby
11:00 am -12:30 pm Opening Plenary Session continued. Lecture Theatre 351
12:30-1:30 pm Buffet lunch Ryan Hall
1:30-2:10 pm Featured Speaker – Professor Zhang Zhiyong, “The History of Taijiquan” Lecture Theatre 351
2:15-3:15 pm Featured Speaker – Dr. Shin Lin, “Scientific Evidence on the Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi Practices.” Lecture Theatre 351
3:15 – 3:30 pm Refreshment break
3:30-5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent Session Details
Session A: Taijiquan and Falls Prevention in Older Adults Room C238
Session B: Taijiquan: History, Tradition and Modern Culture RoomC239
Session C:
Professor Qiu Pixiang – Taiji and Contemporary Society

Professor Yang Wenxuan – The Development and Diffusion of Sports Culture

Room C240
Session D: Music as an Aid to Taiji/Qigong Practice – Dr. Yang Yang & Ms. Yang Ying Room C242
5:00-7:00 pm Trade Show – “Chamber After Business”

Ryan Hall

Wednesday, July 19

7-7:45 am Taiji Morning Exercises Marina Park
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast buffet Ryan Hall
9:30-10:30 am Featured Speaker – Dr. Yang Yang, “Best Taiji Practices: Evidence Based Traditional Curriculum” Lecture Theatre 351
10:30-10:45 am Refreshment Break Lobby or Bubble
10:45 am-12:30 pm Taijiquan: Questions & Answer sessions with Seven Masters Various Rooms
12:30-1:25 pm Buffet lunch Ryan Hall
1:30-2:40 pm Concurrent sessions
Concurrent session details
Featured Speaker: Dr. Lorraine Mayer, ” The Medicine Wheel and The Yin Yang Symbol: Health and Healing from A Native American Perspective.” Lecture Theatre 351
Session E: Teaching Taijiquan: Some Practices and Benefits Room 242
Session F: Taiji and Leadership Room 240
2:40-3:40 pm Poster Session and Refreshment Break Lobby
Poster session details
2:40-3:40 pm Adjudication Room #204
3:45-5:15 pm Panel Discussion – “Intercultural Exchange: Views of Healing in Chinese and Native North American Cultures.” Panelists are Lorraine Mayer, Gerry Martin, Shin Lin, Yang Yang & Ahmoo Angeconeb Lecture Theatre 351
5:30-9 pm Barbecue, Erhu Performance and Tour of the Norval MorriseauExhibition Confederation College & Thunder Bay Art Gallery
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Thursday, July 20 – the certificate workshops

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast buffet Ryan Hall
8:45-10:30 am Master Chen Zhenglei – part 1
Master Yang Zhenduo – part 1
Master Sun Yongtian – part 1
10:30-10:45 am Refreshment Break Bubble & Lobby, Ryan Hall
10:45 am-12:30 pm Master Wu Wenhan – part 1
Master Eddie Wu Kwong Yu – part 1
Master Zeng Nailiang – part 1
12:30-1:15 pm Buffet lunch Ryan Hall
1:30-3:00 pm Master Chen Zhenglei – part 2
Master Yang Zhenduo – part 2
Master Sun Yongtian – part 2
3-3:15 pm Refreshment Break Bubble & Lobby, Ryan Hall
3:15-5:00 pm Master Wu Wenhan – part 2
Master Eddie Wu Kwong Yu – part 2
Master Zeng Nailiang – part 2
5:15-6:30 pm Dinner Ryan Hall
7:30-10:00 pm Showcase – Masters demonstrations; Erhu concerto. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Friday, July 21

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast buffet Ryan Hall
8:45-10:30 am Master Chen Zhenglei – part 3
Master Yang Zhenduo – part 3
Master Sun Yongtian – part 3
10:30-10:45 am Refreshment Break Bubble & Lobby, Ryan Hall
10:45 am -12:30 pm Master Wu Wenhan – part 3
Master Eddie Wu Kwong Yu – part 3
Master Zeng Nailiang – part 3
12:30-1:15 pm Buffet lunch Ryan Hall
1:30-3:00 pm Master Chen Zhenglei – part 4
Master Yang Zhenduo – part 4
Master Sun Yongtian – part 4
3:00-3:15 pm Refreshment Break Bubble & Lobby, Ryan Hall
3:15-4:45 pm Master Wu Wenhan – part 4
Master Eddie Wu Kwong Yu – part 4
Master Zeng Nailiang – part 4
5:00-5:30 pm Closing Ceremony Lecture Theatre 351

Conference Report

The main events were:

  • Opening Ceremony & Banquet at Fort William Historical Park
  • Plenary Sessions
  • Featured Speakers
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Morning Exercises in Marina Park on Thunder Bay’s waterfront
  • BBQ on Confederation College patio and Erhu Performance by Yang Ying at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
  • Showcase of Masters performances with Erhu Concerto & Taiji Hockey at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
  • Masters Workshops
  • Closing Ceremony

The International Forum on Taijiquan 2006:
A North American First

Submitted by Doug Rabb, certified instructor with the Peng You Taiji Quan Association. Photos by Mary Lou Rabb, certified instructor with the Peng You Taiji Quan Association

In Thunder Bay Ontario from the 17th to the 21st of July, The Peng You Taiji Quan Association with the very considerable help of its partners, especially Confederation College (Thunder Bay) and South China Normal University (Guangzhou, China), hosted The International Forum on Taijiquan, 2006. The First International Forum on Taijiquan was held at South China Normal University in 2003.

At that time Master Peng You Lian, president of the The Peng You Taiji Quan Association, and Canadian representative to The Forum, invited the Taiji Masters, scholars and officials to hold the next Forum in Canada, in his adopted home city, Thunder Bay. His invitation was accepted and after almost three years of extensive planning and preparation in July 2006, the Grandmasters of each of the major Taiji Family Styles and the New Style of Taijiquan met together for the first time ever outside of China.

This was especially surprising as 80 year-old Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo son of Yang Chengfu and great grandson of Yang Luchan, the founder of Yang style Taijiquan, considered himself retired and had proclaimed that he would never leave China again. He had in the past visited North America on many occasions and in fact in 1986 was declared the Honorary Mayor of San Antonio, Texas. What was truly unique about his trip to Canada to participate in the International Forum was that he was accompanied by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, 11th Generation descendent of the creator of the Chen Style Taijiquan, the earliest form of the Art, as well as Grandmaster Sun Yongtian of the Sun Style, Grandmaster Wu Wenhan representing the Wu (Hao) Style, Grandmaster Zeng Nailiang representing the Xin (New or Modern) Style Taijiquan, and finally Grandmaster Eddie Wu Kwong Yu of Toronto, 5th generation direct descendent and head of the Wu family and his uncle from China Grandmaster Ma Hailong of Shanghai whose grandfather Wu Jingquan, mother Wu Ronghua and father Ma Yueliang are all well-known taiji masters in China who have carried on the Wu Family Taijiquan tradition there.

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The Grandmasters discussed and demonstrated their own respective styles of Taijiquan both in the opening plenary session of the Forum, ³Taijiquan: The Breadth of the Art,² and at the Gala Showcase Performance at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium presented jointly by The Thunder Bay Martial Arts Council and The Peng You Taiji Quan Association in which the general public had an opportunity to meet the Grandmasters. It was wonderful to see the differences in the various Styles which were all obviously Taijiquan and followed the same basic principles of the art.

Taijiquan is an internal martial art which emphasizes hidden force with slow deliberate weight shifts while initiating movement through the turning of the waist. The upper and lower parts of body are coordinated and move as one, the wrists and ankles, the elbows and knees, the shoulders and hips. When one part of the body moves the whole body moves. When one part of the body stops the whole body stops. Aggression is met with softness and yielding while redirecting incoming force back at the opponent through circular movement.

Though seemingly very soft and gentle Master Peng found himself suddenly flung backwards to the ground on several occasions during the demonstrations. Each of the Family styles while following these general principles has its own unique characteristics.

The Chen Style is characterized by a lower stance in which slow and gentle circular movements continuously build up energy which is released in quick vigorous jumps, kicks, stomps and punches.

The Yang Style is characterized by slow gentle, continuous movements performed at a constant tempo. Great internal force is concealed in the gentleness of this fluid and rounded Form.

The creators of the Wu (Hao) Style had studied both the Yang and Chen Styles. The Wu (Hao) Form is characterized by very relaxed slow well-knit little movements exhibiting great internal power which seems to extend beyond the physical body while the arms seldom extend beyond the legs, wrist over ankle, elbow over knee.

The Wu Style (not directly related to the previous Wu Style) is characterized by nimble short-range movements close to the trunk of the body which tends to be slightly forward leaning. It emphasizes re-directing incoming force through softness.

The creator of Sun Style was accomplished in martial arts when he learned Wu (Hao) taiji. Sun Style is thus influenced by the step-follow-step method of one martial art, the leg and waist movements of another and the body softness of taijiquan. It has a higher stance, with emphasis on qigong breathing through open and close arms.

The Xin or New Style includes a number of simplified shorter forms based on Yang style, as well as combined competition forms. It is best known for the 24 move Beijing Form which was established in 1956 and has become the most popular Taiji Form in the world today.

Besides these taiji demonstrations by the Grandmasters, the International Forum on Taijiquan consisted of two days of academic sessions and two days of workshops with the Grandmasters. It attracted over 200 participants from China, Japan, Australia, Sweden, England, Mexico, 20 States in the US and 6 Provinces and Territories in Canada.

Thunder Bay has certainly established itself as a centre of excellence for Taijiquan. A principal theme of the academic sessions was a comparison of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Native American healing practices, sometimes called Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). Sessions were held on The Medicine Wheel and the Yin Yang Symbol as well as an inter-cultural panel on healing in Native American and Chinese Cultures featuring Dr. Lorraine Mayer, Cree/Metis Professor of Native Studies, Brandon University, Ojibwa Elder Gerry Martin, Ojibwa Artist Ahmoo Angeconeb, Dr. Yang Yang, University of Illinois, Centre for Taiji Studies, and Dr. Shin Lin, University of California Irvine and the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

top of pageThough all of the academic sessions were held on the campus of Confederation College, the Opening Ceremonies took place at Fort William Historical Park. This was especially appropriate since Fort William was the historical meeting place of two cultures, the European fur traders and the Native American and other trappers from the west and north. On July 17th 2006 Fort William Historical Park became the meeting point for three cultures with the arrival of the Taijiquan Grandmasters and other officials from China. The Grandmasters arrived in two voyageur Great Lakes canoes which they helped to paddle up the Kaministiquia River to be welcomed by the booming salute of the dockside canon outside the stockade of the Fort. They were also welcomed by the Medicine Wheel Spirit Drummers, the Thunder Mountain Singers and Dancers,the Yang Ger Chinese Ribbon Dancers as well as by the many VIPs who brought greetings from the City, the Provincial and Federal Governments, and the Peoples Republic of China.

The conclusion of the academic portion of the Forum continued the partnership of Native American and Chinese culture. It took place at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on the campus of Confederation College. The Gallery was holding a retrospective exhibition of the work of Norval Morriseau, the founder of the Woodlands School of Indian Art. Forum participants were treated to an erhu performance in the Gallery by internationally renowned erhu musician and recording artist, Ms. Yang Ying. Her performance on this traditional Chinese instrument surrounded by the Shamanistic art of Norval Morriseau certainly continued and indeed highlighted the principal theme of The Forum, the respectful recognition and comparison of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). Ms. Yang Ying also performed at the Community Auditorium. Many other themes were also addressed in the academic sessions of the Forum including current research on the health benefits and best practices of Taiji intervention (Featured Speakers Dr. Shin Lin and Dr. Yang Yang), the History and theory of Taijiquan (Featured Speaker Professor Zhang Zhiyong, South China Normal University) as well as many other related topics in numerous concurrent and poster sessions.

The Grandmasters were, of course, the Keynote Speakers for the plenery sessions. They also conducted individual question and answer sessions in which each was given a separate room with a chairperson and a translator allowing participants to interact with the Masters on a more individual basis. This provided an excellent preparation for the two day taiji workshops which followed the academic sessions. In the workshops the Grandmasters taught a shortened Taiji Form representative of their distinctive style. Participants who completed the 12 hours of workshops were awarded a certificate signed by the Grandmasters.

One of the most memorable highlights of the entire Forum took place in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 19th. At 7 a.m. everyone had the opportunity of joining the Grandmasters in morning exercises on the shore of Lake Superior at beautiful Marina Park. Free Wednesday morning exercises are a regular summer activity of The Peng You Taiji Quan Association, but on this occasion the numbers swelled to almost 400 people of all ages. The opportunity to follow one of the Grandmasters leading Taiji with smaller groups throughout the park was followed by joining the entire assembly in the New Style Form, Taiji Qigong: Six Forms for Health, led by its creator, Grandmaster Zeng Nailiang, and Master Peng Youlian.

The weather was perfect with the sun rising over the Sleeping Giant into a clear blue sky as the mist lifted off the lake. Given magnificent Lake Superior, the clear air, the nearby forests and mountains in the background, the Grandmasters declared Thunder Bay’s Marina Park the best place in the world to play Taiji. We were all very proud, indeed, overwhelmed. However, I think we have to keep reminding ourselves that they were, after all, here in the Summer, in July not in February or early March.

The Opening Ceremony & Banquet

masters in canoe©Peter Puna The opening ceremony and banquet were at Fort William Historical Park. One of Canada’s premier historical sites, the Old Fort is a recreation of the Great Northwest Trading Company post on the Kaministikwia River. The Masters arrived, like the company VIPs of 1815, by canoe.
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arrival by canoe
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arrival by canoe
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©Peter Punaon dry land
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welcome song
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The first thumbnail shows Masters Eddie Wu, Zeng Nailiang and Chen Zhenglei helping the Old Fort paddlers. The second photo shows Masters Wu Wenhan, Ma Hailong, Yang Zhenduo and Sun Yongtian and translator Su Jing. The third photo shows three masters disembarking and the last one show the hand drummers, ….., welcoming the masters.


native dancers©Peter Puna The entertainment that preceeded the official speeches included the Thunder Mountain Spirit Drummers and the Yang Ger Ribbon Dancers
ribbon dancers
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Official Speeches

Consul General
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Mr. Xu Cai
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Consul General, Ms Chen Xiaoling brought greetings on behalf of the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Xu Cai, retired chair of China’s Wushu Federation brought greetings
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MPP Michael Gravelle
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Mayor Peterson
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©Peter PunaMP Ken Boschkoff
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Patricia Lang
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The first thumbnail – Michael Gravelle, MPP.
Thunder Bay’s Mayor Lynne Peterson
Thunder Bay-Nipigon MP, Ken Boshcoff and SCNU President Wang Guojian
Confederation College President, Patricia Lang

delegates and guests
Outside the main gate of Old Fort William after the Opening Ceremony. To purchase and 8.5 x 11 (minus the copyright logos)

The Academic Sessions

  • pre-conference balance research
  • plenary session with the Masters
  • Q & A sessions with the Masters
  • featured speakers
  • concurrent sessions
  • panel discussion
  • conference proceedings

Balance Research Project

On Monday, before the conference opening, the Masters went to Dr. Jane Taylor’s lab at Lakehead University to see how she is doing research on balance abilities of people trained in taijiquan.

The research method iinvolves the subject standing still on the force plate for 15 seconds while staring at a mark on the wall. Next standing still for 15 seconds with eyes closed. Finally the subject is intructed to sway as far as possible forward, backward and to each side without losing balance.

Most of the masters agreed to demonstrate their balance ability. It was a unique opportunity for Jane to gain data about people who have trained in taiji for a lifetime.

Plenary Session

plenary sessionAudience at the first plenary session of the forum. Each master made a 30 minute presentation about his style.


Question and Answer Sessions

Q and A with Chen ZhengleiThere were Q & A sessions with each of the masters. Here is Master Chen Zhenglei.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Shin LinFeatured speaker, Dr. Shin Lin

Professor of Cell Biology, Physiology, & Biomedical Engineering; Director, International Alliance on Mind/Body Signaling and Energy Research,l University of California at Irvine

His topics was, “Scientific Evidence on the Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi Practices.” Abstract

Dr. Yang YangFeatured Speaker, Dr. Yang Yang

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Director Center for Taiji Studies, Champaign, Illinois.

His topic was, “Best Taiji Practices: Evidence Based Traditional Curriculum”Abstract

Dr. Zhang ZhiyongFeatured Speaker, Dr. Zhang Zhiyong

Professor, Department of Physical Education, South China Normal University.

His topic was, “The Impact of the Historical Development of Taijiquan on Contemporary Chinese Practice.” Abstract

Dr. Lorraine MayerFeatured Speaker, Dr. Lorraine Mayer, Assistant Professor, Native Studies, Brandon University

Her topic was ” The Medicine Wheel and The Yin Yang Symbol: Health and Healing from A Native American Perspective.”

Panel Discussion

Panel members“Intercultural Exchange: Views of Healing in Chinese and Native North American Cultures.”

Panelists were Mr. Gerry Martin, Dr. Lorraine Mayer, Mr. Ahmoo Angeconeb, Dr. Shin Lin and Dr. Yang Yang.

Concurrent Session Speakers

  • Dr. Yang Yang & Ms Yang Ying, 
    “Music as an Aid to Taiji/Qigong Practice
  • Master Ed Cooper & Master Steve Higgins
    “A Hundred Flowers, Teaching Taijiquan” 

    Complete paper

    Dr. C. J. Rhoads
  • Grandmaster Zeng Nailiang, View Taijiquan from Macroscopic and Microscopic Angles

Poster Sessions & Demonstrations





Featured Speakers
  • Dr. Shin Lin
  • Dr. Yang Yang
  • Dr. Lorraine Mayer
  • Dr. Zhang Zhiyong
Panel Members
  • Dr. Shin Lin
  • Dr. Yang Yang
  • Dr. Lorraine Mayer
  • Mr. Ahmoo Angeconeb
  • Mr. Gerry Martin
Concurrent Session Speakers
  • Prof. Shane Kachur
  • Dr. Jane Taylor
  • Prof. Qin Zilai
  • Dr. Glenda Liu Quarnstrom
  • Prof. Qiu Pixiang
  • Prof. Yang Wenxuan
  • Dr. Yang Yang & Ms Yang Ying
  • Master Ed Cooper & Master Steve Higgins
  • Dr. David X. Swenson
  • Dr. C.J. Rhoads
  • Grandmaster Zeng Nailiang
Poster Sessions & Demonstrations
  • Prof. Barbara Davis
  • Dr. David X. Swenson & David Longsdorf
  • Dr. Yang Yang & Ms. Yang Ying
  • Master Jianye Jiang


Yang Zhenduo & Yang Jun Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo and Master Yang Jun receiving the applause of an appreciative audience.

Master Chen Bin performing at the Showcase with his father Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei watching.
Master Jack Yan performing at the Showcase, with Grandmaster Chen watching.

Our Funders

Government of Canada, Ministry of Mines and Northern Development
City of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, Communities in Action Fund

Our Sponsors

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Our Partners

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South China Normal University logo South China Normal University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China
logo Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario
logo Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations
logo United Wushu Association of Ontario
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logo Thunder Bay Martial Arts Council
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Canadian Association


To view photos of the Forum taken by Peter Puna, official photographer – click on this link: Peter Puna’s photos