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Taiwan Tour Eventful and Successful
23 October 2008
The YMAA team finished the 2008 World Tai Chi Chuan Championship in Taipei, Taiwan winning medals in several events including Taijiquan, Taiji Sword, and Taiji Broadsword. Amongst the team members were 2 candidates from the Retreat Center, Jonathan Chang and Patrick Manriquez. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming also reunited with his long lost Taijiquan master: Grandmaster Kao, Tao. At 77 years old, Grandmaster Kao had the same (if not more!) spirit, energy, and liveliness of the rest of the YMAA team. His health is an excellent example of the highly-effective benefits of diligent, dedicated Taijiquan and Qigong practice.
YMAA students from 5 different countries attended this trip and competition: U.S.A, Portugal, France, South Africa, and England. YMAA Branch School directors Pascal Plee (France), Corlius Birkill (South Africa), Olivier Pardo (England), Milan Vigil (Memphis, U.S.A.), and Nicholas Yang (Boston, U.S.A.) were amongst the attendees.
It has been over 50 years since Dr. Yang first began his study of White Crane under Grandmaster Gseng, Gin-Gsao in Hsinchu. Since then, Dr. Yang has embarked on a lifelong journey of training martial arts, Qigong, and Taijiquan, towards bettering the health and lives of people by educating them about Chinese internal and external arts.
The team spent one day in Hsinchu, visiting Grandmaster Gseng's son and family. Together they paid respects at Grandmaster Gseng's tomb. YMAA also went to the old White Crane practice grounds and listened to many recounts of stories from Dr. Yang's old training days.
Part of the day-long trip were stops at the General Guan temple, and Cheng Huang Temple, where there were many opportunities to experience local eats at food stops and eateries.