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All invited to Toowoomba Grand Opening, 27 March 2010

DANCING Chinese lions and fire-crackers will feature in the grand opening of a new Taoist Tai Chi Society™ centre in Toowoomba on Saturday, March 27, and everyone is invited to attend and join in the fun. For more details and for a map of the location, see this poster.

A traditional Chinese lion dance will be performed by Brisbane martial arts exponents and two lions.

The dance includes Chinese fire-crackers to scare away evil spirits. In traditional Chinese culture, the lions enter the front door of new premises and perform various activities that ward off evil spirits and summons good luck and fortune.

Starting at 2.30pm, the opening will also include a ribbon cutting ceremony, high tea and Tai Chi demonstrations.

More information about the grand opening is available by telephoning 4638 5009 or emailing toowoomba@taoist.org.

Image of main building of new Taoist Tai Chi Society´┐Ż centre in Toowoomba

New centre will promote health and well-being

TOOWOOMBA district residents keen to learn or practice Tai Chi and other arts of health will benefit from the opening of a new centre in the city, only the second of its kind in Australia.
The new Taoist Tai Chi Society™ centre is located in a former Gregory Street church, modified to suit Tai Chi requirements.

Toowoomba branch president Ian Waples said the opening represented a great advance for Taoist Tai Chi™ arts of health and for the city.

"The purchase of the new centre in Toowoomba reflects the strength of our organisation in the city and the enthusiasm of our members."

"This is only the second property that the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia has purchased. The other is our national centre in Perth."

Mr Waples said the Toowoomba branch of the Society opened 20 years ago and was the first in Queensland.

Image of auxilliary building of new Taoist Tai Chi Society™ centre in Toowoomba.
In 1995 the founder of the organisation, Master Moy Lin-shin, visited Toowoomba and officially opened a Taoist shrine in the practice hall that was then located at the 7SD site.

The shrine expresses the linkage of Taoist Tai Chi™ arts of health with the teachings of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism, which focuses on chanting, meditation and study of the teachings of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.

The Toowoomba branch has nine fully accredited volunteer instructors and about 200 members of all ages.

Classes are held during the day and evenings on most week days, any or all of which members can attend.

The Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia Inc is a charitable, volunteer and not-for-profit organisation that promotes health and well-being in the community through the practice of the Taoist Tai Chi™ internal arts of health.

The Society is a member organisation of the worldwide International Taoist Tai Chi Society, which operates in 26 countries with 40 000-plus members worldwide.

The organisation was originally founded in Canada in 1970 by Master Moy Lin-shin, a Taoist monk who devoted his life to studying the healing principles of Tai Chi and related arts to make them more widely available.

The ancient Taoists of China were known for their study of the ways of nature and for their development of techniques for health and longevity. The Taoist Tai Chi™ arts of health carry on this tradition and offer a method for the cultivation of body, mind and spirit.