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The Peng You Taiji Quan Association is a not-for-profit organization. Our commitment is to promote a “healthy, friendly and happy” lifestyle through the practice of Taijiquan in Thunder Bay and neighbouring areas.

Join the Peng You Taiji Quan Association

The annual fee for membership is $10.  This small annual fee is critical for the running of our non-profit organization.  It helps make possible our ongoing promotion of Taiji with all its benefits to the community.

The annual membership year runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31.

There are three ways to take a new membership or renew your membership in the Peng You Taiji Quan Association.

A.  In Person:   Memberships are available at the two Open Houses each year   at the Tai Chi Academy, at the Annual Membership meeting, anytime from  instructors, and at the luncheons the Association holds periodically.

B.  By Mail:    Send the following information:
1. Your name
2. Your address and telephone number(s)
3. Your email address
4. State if this is a New Membership or a Renewal
Enclose $10 in cash or cheque (to Peng You Taiji Quan Association)
and mail to:

Peng You Taiji Quan Association
c/o  236 Beck Street
Thunder Bay, ON
P7A 2K1

C. By e-transfer:
To renew your membership send an email to membershiptaichi@gmail.com with this information:
a. Your name (and that of others who you are renewing for)
b. If there are no changes in your contact information state No Change
c. If there are changes in your contact information state Changes and give the new information
d. Then send an e-transfer to membershiptaichi@gmail.com. Your e-transfer will be automatically deposited
New members
Thank you for joining the Peng You Taiji Quan Association. Welcome.
a. Send an email to membershiptaichi@gmail.com giving the following information:
Your name, email address, phone number, and street address
b. Then send an e-transfer to membershiptaichi@gmail.com. Your e-transfer will be automatically deposited.

About Us:
Now located at the Peng You International Tai Chi Academy at the Boys & Girls Club, 270 Windsor St., we began informally at the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, as a Tai Chi Club within the centre. In 1998, the Peng You Taiji Quan Association was formed in response to the increasing demand for Taiji Classes for people under the age of 55, too young to join the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre.

Taijiquan on the 55 Plus Centre lawn
Taijiquan on the 55 Plus Centre lawn

The Association is a non profit volunteer run organization managed by its Board of Directors.
Our purpose is to be an integral part of our community and to introduce as many people as possible to the benefits of Taiji for better health.
Grand Master Wang Jianhua guided us at the beginning.
Master Zeng Nailiang was our Chief Advisor.
Master Wei Xianglian is our Honourary President.
We are members of the Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations, the Canadian Organization of Traditional Taiji Quan Associations, and the Thunder Bay Martial Arts Council.

The Association hosts many Taiji events and has done many demonstrations and workshops for a variety of community organizations such as the Arthritis Society, The Alzheimers Society and the Lakehead Association for Community Living. We value our relationship with Chickadee T’ai Chi of Ely, Minnesota and with taiji players in Duluth, Minnesota.

Through the ongoing efforts of Master Peng we have been able to bring eminent international level teachers to Thunder Bay on many occasions: Master Wang Jianhua, Dr. Paul Lam, Master Eddie Wu, Master Zeng Nailiang, Master Wei Xianglian and Grandmaster Chen have all been here one or more times.

In September 1998 and November 1999, a delegation of over 80 people, many of them members of the Peng You Taiji Quan Association traveled to China – the oldest member was 82 years of age. During their trip, they experienced the richness of Chinese culture and demonstrated their Taiji on the Great Wall — a dream come true for many.

Taijiquan on the Great Wall

The Peng You Taiji Quan Association maintains a strong commitment to our community and to the tradition of Taiji. We will continue to promote Taiji as a tool to achieve health, friendship and happiness for all.

Our name, Peng You Taiji Quan Association, involves a pun on our teacher’s name. The first two words of our name are the chinese characters,”pengyou” which mean “friend”. It sounds just like the first two syllables of our teacher’s name – Peng You. So our name both reflects our Association motto, “Health, Friendship and Happiness” and it sounds like our founder’s name.

Board of Directors 2020