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Sifu's Speech

Dear students, I wish all of you well!

It has been six years since the opening of Ji Hong Tai Chi school in Richmond Hill. Today, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you memories of past events. The Richmond Hill school is my second time to establish a taichi school, the first one being the Scarborough campus, which was established in 1991. As I had no experience at that time, I faced a lot of difficulties. Fortunately, with the help of some enthusiastic students, and with lots of hard work, in a few months’ time, we founded the first Ji Hong Tai Chi School in Toronto. Since then, we have had our own premises. There, we have trained many Tai Chi champions, we have had hard work, happiness, and unforgettable moments. Every time I visit the Scarborough school, such memories will come back.

Six years ago in January, with the help of a group of enthusiastic students, the second Ji Hong Tai Chi School was set up in Richmond Hill, in the Greater Toronto Area. I had the honour of inviting Master Luo Hong Yuan to the opening ceremonies, where there was ribbon cutting and a reception to follow.

At the start of the R.H. school, there were only 20 students. In these six years, we continue to develop and expand, and now there are over 100 students. What makes me feel excited is there is still much room for expansion, largely because of the help and effort from all of you – there are many students who have contributed their valuable time, and the most prominent example being May Rahnema. In the past 6 years, she continuously dedicated her time and energy for me and for the school. Here, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all my students and friends who have helped me and supported me, and I hope that you will continue to give your effort in ensuring the continued growth of our school.

The happy occasion at last year’s spring dinner is still fresh in my mind; with the blink of an eye, now is another year. While lamenting that time really flies, let’s reflect our work of last year and “ learn from the past “. Last year we didn’t waste our time. What’s worth mentioning are the results of the two open competitions. In the first competition, the result was pretty good, we achieved 2 gold and 2 silver medals. The result of the second competition was even better, we won 5 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. These results are considered the best among all tai chi schools in Toronto. However, these are only competitive achievements. Even more satisfying is the fact that everyone has achieved ( though it varies ) a higher level in the knowledge of Tai Chi, which is reflected in paying more attention to details in the routine movements, and a better understanding of the concept of “a unified elastic body“. During push hands classes, students strive for improvement, and I can see that they’re no longer staying at the level of “bullfighting“ or “soft as tofu“. Moreover, there are students who gave me feedback after learning tai chi – they have become stronger physically; some have begun to see improvement in their health; some have remarkable feelings after learning how to relax, sink and the importance of "dantian". To me, the past year is a rewarding year that is worth celebrating.

Now a new year begins, which is like starting off with a new piece of drawing paper. What the new picture will look like depends on what we are going to paint on the drawing paper. I believe that as long as we work hard together, we’ll be able to draw a beautiful picture. Of course I’ll do my best to help everyone to improve in tai chi, and to reach your destination ( in taichi ) as soon as you can.

Wish you Good Health

Happiness and

An Enjoyable Life

Bao Sen Liang

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