A History of Peng You Taiji in Thunder Bay



2021 Taiji Christmas gathering…
A description of the event from Assoc Chairman Wayne Bilbrough:
We have not been able to meet as a Tai Chi community for over 2 years. Although last year’s “Christmas meal” was great, it did not allow us to be together.  If we can’t meet indoors, we decided to have an outdoor meeting where it was easy to do social distancing. We did Tai Chi in the park. We planned it for the first weekend in December just as we did for our Christmas dinners. However we had an unexpected storm that delayed it until December 12. A beautiful sunny day. There were over 20 people attending in spite of the chilly air. They had a good time and members did and watched Tai Chi for over an hour. There were lots of treats available. Lets hope we can be back to our usual Christmas dinner next year, but this was a lot of fun and a chance to meet.

Summer 2021thankfully saw the successful return of Tai Chi in the Park with Master Peng.


*Spring 2021   The business promotion called “Community Votes Thunder Bay” was held… the Peng You International Tai Chi Academy won a Gold medal!

*The first Christmas Taiji Workshop on Zoom
with Master Peng was held on Tues., Dec. 22, 2020 at 2:30 pm.

*Being unable to have our traditional Christmas Party the first Christmas Take-out Dinner from the Taichi Chef was held on Sun., Dec 20. The amazing Chinese food was ordered in advance and picked up via drive-by at the Academy.
(See Nov 2020 Taiji Post in Main Menu)

*The Thunder Bay 50th Birthday Celebration & Fundraiser
on Tues, Aug 11, 2020 
was a resounding success!

Because of the generosity of our Taiji community $1000 was raised ($500 was the goal) for The Underground Gym!

Trip to China, summer 2018

Thunder Bay’s Taiji Master Peng You and three of his students recently journeyed to the birthplace of Tai Chi, the Chen Village on the outskirts of Jiaozuo, China for the 2018 Chen Zhenglei Taichi Symposium. There they did advanced level training and joined in the celebration of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei’s 70th birthday.

On arrival in Jiaozuo* the group was given royal treatment by officials of the city, including: Mayor Xu Yixian; the First Deputy Mayor Yang Qingjiu; the Director of Foreign Affairs Li Peng; and several others. Besides travel assistance and accommodation the city framed a canvas print of Thunder Bay’s Tai Chi Park (‘Jewel of the Marina’ by Brian Nieminen which was brought as a gift for GM Chen from the Peng You Taiji Association), and treated the travelers to two amazing banquets.

At the Chen Village, after registration and accomodations, there was a three day event called the 8th Chenjiagou Kungfu Elite Tournament. Master Peng You’s student Brian Nieminen competed in two forms and was awarded a silver and a bronze medal.

Four days of intense training followed, students Bill Climie and Mitch Albert studying Old Frame One and Nieminen Old Frame Two.

Master Peng You received one of the highest possible honours – he became an ‘In Chamber Disciple’ of the Grandmaster in a rare and very elaborate ceremony.

Although the Tai Chi was the highlight of the trip there was some time for sightseeing and holidaying as well.

It was a once in a lifetime experience for the group and hopefully will help raise the level of Tai Chi practice for Thunder Bay practitioners as  Master Peng You and the students share what they’ve learned!

* Through the ongoing efforts of Master Peng You and the Sister City Committee, Jiaozou recently became Thunder Bay’s newest sister city and donated, including shipping, three beautiful bronze sculptures (now installed at the Tai Chi Park at the Marina) to our city.

Host Chen Bin explaining the gift for GM Chen:

Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony…

for the statues from Jiaozuo City on Monday, May 21/19 at 11:00 am with the delegation from Jiaozuo!


Here is a video about Master Peng’s 2017 trip to Jiaozuo with Thunder Bay First Nations kids – includes PowWow’s on the Great Wall and at the birthplace of Taiji….    https://youtu.be/wMtOBCz_JZI 

Recent Events:

World Taiji Day in Thunder Bay, Sat., Apr 28, 2018

 At the International Taiji Park at the Marina….

  • The 10 Day Tai Chi Retreat in Cancun was a resounding success!

Here is our Thunder Bay group with our Mexican amigos at the Shaolin Temple in the jungle in Cancun!!!

  • Tai Chi Christmas party: Saturday, Dec 2 / 17 at the Polish Legion, 209 N Cumberland St. The traditional turkey dinner was fabulous!        The Taiji participation and demos – 8 Forms; Taiji Fan and Taiji Sword were awesome and the music by Gilbert, Bill and Allan was a perfect ending to a fabulous evening.                                                                                        Special thanks were extended to the hard working executive and all the volunteers who helped out and the businesses that provided gifts and support.And a standing ovation was given to Master Peng for his amazing year of accomplishments.                                                                                      Lastly a special tribute was made to our Association Chairman Wayne Bilbrough for his relentless and energetic contributions to Taiji for well over 20 years. As was pointed out he has not practised Taiji himself in the past but if anyone is interested they may contact him about the new form created just for him – Taiji Woodcarving!
  • Tai Chi Fan on Canada Day 2017, Thunder Bay, ON

*  AMAZING!!!   Tai Chi Master Wang HaiJun in Toronto at Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei’s Light of Tai Chi Gala  banquet, June 21, 2017 – also on our youtube channel:

* Master Peng in Mexico

Experiencia inolvidable este año, en retiro con el gran maestro Peng You.

Posted by Terapia Saludable Montaño on Thursday, September 1, 2016

Guinness World Record

When Jiaozuo set a Guinness World Record with 52,000 people doing Tai Chi at once, many Tai Chi groups across the world, including us joined in. See the current Taiji Post for more information about it.


Find out more about Taiji Park.


The Moon Gate and the Yin-Yang Taiji pad: