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.

Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in Los Angeles hosted a joyful and lively Chinese New Year gathering on March 4, 2018, with over 150 people from different backgrounds in attendance. The guests enjoyed a variety of traditional Chinese New Year activities, including drinking a cup of kung fu tea, writing Chinese spring couplets, spinning a wheel of fortune, picking a red envelope, having Chinese New Year snacks, and so on. Tai Ji Men members presented an energetic and joyful dance called “Doggies Bring Good Fortune,” which galvanized the attendees, and all of them cheerfully shouted out, “Wang! Wang!” which represents both dog barks and prosperity in Chinese. Additionally, a group of Tai Ji Men members, including children aged between three and ten, sang “Love and Peace Song.” The children’s pure voice and innocent smiles warmed the audience members’ hearts; many of them responded, “So cute! So adorable!”

(Effie Chen from Vienna, Austria) Situated in the heart of Central Europe, Vienna is the world capital of music and home to many important international organizations. The headquarters of OPEC as well as one of the four UN offices are located here. On October 20, 2017, Vienna became an international city of peace when over 600 honored guests from 35 nations gathered in Wiener Rathaus, the city hall of Vienna, to attend the Flame of Peace’s annual reception. At the event, spectacular cultural exchanges were conducted, and global peace promoters were united to strongly call for world peace.

Taipei 2017, the 29th Summer Universiade kicked off on Aug. 19, with athletes competing from over 140 nations. This is a great opportunity to let the world see Taiwan and an occasion for sports competition and cultural exchange. The awe-inspiring overture to the event was presented by Tai Ji Men at the Taipei Municipal Stadium at 6:00 p.m. Tai Ji Men’s ancient Tai Ji Formation, titled “Passing on the Torch, Heart to Heart,” was publicly presented for the first time in thousands of years. The ever-changing formation contained sub-formations as Tai Ji Men dizi (similar to student) constantly moved and changed the formation.

Renowned for its excellence in preserving Chinese culture, Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy hosted the 2017 Chinese New Year Gathering on February 26th in the City of Walnut, welcoming community members to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rooster with traditional cultural flair. Over one hundred people participated in the event, and everyone had a blast!

Mayor Eric Ching of Walnut presented a certificate of appreciation, acknowledging Tai Ji Men’s contribution in global promotion of love and peace and spreading positive energy and cultural exchange within the community. He also urged the collaboration between the City of Walnut and Tai Ji Men in the near future to bring more goodness into the community! In addition, there were numerous dignitaries in attendance, including Consul General Aung Kyaw Zan of Myanmar in Los Angeles and his wife; Angie Shaw, representative of California Senator Josh Newman; Nancy Tragarz, councilmember of the City of Walnut; Helen Hall, member of the Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees; Jack Tanaka, former mayor of the City of Diamond Bar and Mrs. Tanaka; Mary Ng, vice president of the Chinese American Association of Walnut; and Victor Hung, president of Liok-Kui Foundation. The honored guests took a commemorative photo together as they jointly held a huge bamboo sieve bountifully filled with freshly handmade Chinese rice balls symbolizing unity and fulfillment to wish everyone a joyous and smooth-sailing year!