Celebrating the 18th Anniversary of Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in Los Angeles - Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, grandmaster of Tai Ji Men, receives a Certificate of Commendation from the City of Walnut for promoting love and peace worldwide

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Over 200 people celebrated the 18th anniversary of the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in Los Angeles at the Walnut Senior Center on Aug. 26, 2018. A highlight of the event was Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, grandmaster of Tai Ji Men, and distinguished guests unfolding fans together, symbolizing jointly promoting goodness. The distinguished guests included Hon. Aung Soe Win, Consul General of Myanmar in Los Angeles; former California State Senator Bob Huff and Mrs. Huff; Walnut Mayor Nancy Tragarz; Walnut Councilmember Eric Ching; San Gabriel Councilmember Chin Ho Liao; Dr. Tony Torng, board member of Walnut Valley Unified School District; Mr. Cary Chen, president of Rowland Unified School District; Ms. Mary Ng, vice president of Chinese American Association of Walnut; Mr. Victor Hung, former president of Liok-Kui Foundation; Ms. Xiao Cui Liu, president of International Martial Arts Federation; etc. The event was uplifting and the participants were touched by Tai Ji Men members’ energetic cultural performances and inspiring sharing.

Since its inception, the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in Los Angeles has dedicated itself to the promotion of love and peace, and its achievements are widely recognized. Congressman Ed Royce, chairman of House Committee on Foreign Affairs, sent a congratulatory letter to Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, praising Tai Ji Men’s “great accomplishment in promoting love and peace throughout the world.” U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein sent a letter to Tai Ji Men, stating, “I commend the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy for their tremendous achievements and contributions.” Tai Ji Men also received congratulatory letters and certificates of recognition from other leaders and government agencies, including Hon. Aung Soe Win, Consul General of Myanmar in Los Angeles; California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom; Congressman Ted Lieu; California State Senator Ling Ling Chang; California State Senator Connie Leyva; Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis; California Assembly Member Phillip Chen; Walnut City Council; Montclair Mayor Virginia “Ginger" Eaton; Monrovia City Council; Temple City Mayor William Man; San Gabriel Councilmember Chin Ho Liao; Ms. Xiao Cui Liu, president of International Martial Arts Federation; etc.

A powerful presentation of the Tai Ji Men celestial drum formation kicked off the event. Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze welcomed all the guests and stated, “At Tai Ji Men, martial arts and wisdom have been passed down from Shifu to his dizi and we are dedicated to improving world citizens’ physical, emotional, and spiritual health. We promote the excellent “Tai Ji culture” and spread love and peace worldwide, fulfilling the highest level of martial arts, which is to stop conflicts and promote goodness. Recognizing that our time on Earth is limited, we have the opportunity to take an active role in unleashing our potential and making our lives very worthwhile. We can start with improving our mental, physical, and spiritual health. With love, we can make each family more complete. With wisdom, we can make our work enjoyable. With selfless hearts, we give back to our communities and country. We may also inspire people to better themselves, to seek inner peace and serenity, and to embark on a life journey of wisdom.”

Walnut Mayor Nancy Tragarz and Walnut Councilmember Eric Ching jointly presented a Certificate of Commendation to Dr. Hong for leading Tai Ji Men to promote love and peace. Mayor Tragarz remarked, “It’s a great honor to have your academy here in our city.” She also mentioned that it makes her happier whenever she comes to Tai Ji Men’s event and she always leaves feeling more positive. Councilmember Ching stated, “I want to thank you for sharing your ‘love’ message throughout the world!”

Several Tai Ji Men members of various ages and from different walks of life shared how practicing Tai Ji Men Qigong has helped them become healthier and happier. A group of Tai Ji Men members presented a song titled “Love” to warm the guests’ hearts while youth members of Tai Ji Men delivered energetic and upbeat dance performances titled “What a Bright World” and “Happiness Is Everywhere.” The cheerful energy affected everyone present.

Ann Chen, 29, is a dual-licensed attorney in the U.S. and Taiwan. Under the theme of “Pave Your Way to Success with Fun,” she shared secrets to a happy life. Shortly after graduating from National Taiwan University with a major in law, she passed the Bar Examination in Taiwan. Afterwards, she furthered her study of law at UC Berkeley. Although studying law in an English-speaking environment was quite a challenge for her, she was able to overcome the difficulty and obtained the degree of Master of Laws within a year, which is normally a three-year program. After spending four months preparing for the California Bar Examination, she passed it on her first try. (The average passing rates for international students is only 10%.) Ann shared that her secret to living a happier and more fulfilling life is the ability to treat challenges as a fun game, to find the meaning of life, and to improve her self-worth. “Since the age of 7, I have been learning the wisdom of yin and yang at Tai Ji Men, which helps me maintain the balance of the body and the heart and do things more efficiently and effectively,” said Ann. Additionally, following Dr. Hong’s example and teachings, she has learned to care more about the world and to do more volunteer work. She has attended several UN conferences and the International Conference of Chief Justices of the World and has visited many countries, conducting cultural exchanges to share excellent Chinese culture. That has made her life very rewarding and purposeful!

Hon. Aung Soe Win, Consul General of Myanmar in Los Angeles, stated that he could tell that people who practice Tai Ji Men Qigong have improved themselves and become more energetic, freer, and happier. Dr. Tony Torng, board member of the Walnut Valley Unified School District, said, “As a school board member, I really enjoy watching the younger kids perform. They did a great job, very energetic.”

The Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy is a nonprofit organization, with a total of 15 chapters in the world. With a unique culture of martial arts and qigong, it spreads positive energy across the planet. Since 1999, Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze has led Tai Ji Men to conduct cultural exchange trips to over 200 cities in 84 nations, bringing people of different backgrounds closer together and spreading the messages of love and peace.

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P. 1 On Aug. 26, 2018, distinguished guests celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in Los Angeles and unfold the fans together, symbolizing jointly promoting goodness. From left: Dr. Maung Maung Kyi, publisher of Mandalay Gazette; Mr. Victor Hung, former president of Liok-Kui Foundation; Dr. Tony Torng, board member of Walnut Valley Unified School District; Ms. Mary Ng, vice president of Chinese American Association of Walnut; Ms. Xiao Cui Liu, president of International Martial Arts Federation; San Gabriel Councilmember Chin Ho Liao; Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, grandmaster of Tai Ji Men; Walnut Mayor Nancy Tragarz; former California State Senator Bob Huff and Mrs. Huff; Hon. Aung Soe Win, Consul General of Myanmar in Los Angeles; Walnut Councilmember Eric Ching; and Mr. Cary Chen, president of Rowland Unified School District.

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P. 2 Walnut Mayor Nancy Tragarz (left) and Walnut Councilmember Eric Ching (right) jointly present a Certificate of Commendation to Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, grandmaster of Tai Ji Men, for leading Tai Ji Men to promote love and peace worldwide.

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P. 3 Over 200 people celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in Los Angeles at the Walnut Senior Center on Aug. 26, 2018.

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P. 4 A powerful presentation of the Tai Ji Men celestial drum formation kicks off the 18th anniversary of the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in Los Angeles.

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P. 5 The youth members of Tai Ji Men deliver an energetic and cheerful dance performance titled “What a Bright World,” spreading happiness to everyone present.