Waking the Lion in Niagara
About 30 Niagara Branch participants gathered outside St. Catharines City Hall to demonstrate Taoist Tai Chi® arts on Thursday, May 31. This was the first of 40 demos celebrating and promoting 40 Years of Taoist Tai Chi® arts in Niagara, Ontario, Canada. Mayor Walter Sendzik joined the group by waking the lion and eagerly participated in a few tai chi moves before presenting a certificate of recognition. Mayor Sendzik extended an invitation for the group to return and practice on the lawn at City Hall and spoke about the benefits of exercise and stretching. Participants then broke into groups and did continuous sets on the lawns within view of the busy lunch-hour car and pedestrian traffic.