In this interesting newscast from the summer of 2010, CBC Television covers the 40th anniversary of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society in Toronto, Canada. Outside of the World Tai Chi and Qigong Day events, this was probably one of the largest mass demonstrations of Tai Chi in North America.
Up to 1500 participants from the International Taoist Tai Chi Society took part in this Toronto event, as thousands in other cities and countries also took part in celebrations to mark the anniversary.
The International Taoist Tai Chi Society was created by Moy Shin Lin. who moved to Canada in 1970 and began teaching his Taoist Tai Chi in Toronto. The form was based on the traditional Yang style 108 movement form, with elements of other internal martial arts mixed in. Moy taught both the health and martial side of Tai Chi at first and later changed his focus, only emphasizing on the health aspects and no martial applications. As a result it became a Tai Chi health exercise with much focus on stretching.
The Taoist Tai Chi form gained much popularity in Canada over the early years with over 15,000 members currently in that country, and has now spread to over 27 countries with more than 40,000 members worldwide.