is hosted by
USA Chin Woo Federation
celebrate our 10th anniversary, we would like to hear
your experiences whether you were a competitor, official,
spectator, or volunteer. Please send us your thoughts
and comments to email@example.com.
Thanks for all your support!
SIFUS AND MASTERS COMMENTS:
to all Taiji Legacy participants and attendees,
A decade is an extraordinary landmark
for a CHinese-style martial arts tournament
in America. Of all the different styles
of martial arts, Chinese tournaments are
the hardest to maintain. This is due to
our immense diversity. The Japanese and
Korean styles are rooted in military traditions.
They have a structured hierarchy exemplified
by the belt grading systems. They frequently
go barefoot since a well-funded military
could afford nice training halls with
clean mats. The Chinese styles are more
family oriented. Our styles are named
after our clans. We call our masters Sifu,
which has part of the character for 'father'
embedding within it. We wear shoes because
we practice outside in the dirt. Given
that China is the most populous nation
in the world, there are a lot of clans,
It als makes it very challenging to run
a tournament. Chinese tournaments are
notorious for having too many divisions.
After only a few years of operation, most
collapse under their own weight. Efforts
have been made to standardize Chinese
styles. The most recent is modern wushu.
Chin Woo was one too. Some might say that
those attempts backfired since in the
end, they've only added more divisions.
But Chinese practitioners relish in their
diversity. The additional divisions increase
our cultural depth. While most American
tournaments have embraced modern wushu,
few have kept up the noble tradition of
Heartfelt congratulations to Sifu Jimmy
Wong and everyone on his extraordinary
Taiji Legacy team on ten years of successfully
organizing one of the greatest Chinese
martial arts tournaments in America. We
wish everyone great success at this event
and hope for many more to come.
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year, the Taiji Legacy Opening Ceremony
is very impressive, especially the lion
dancing, and the group Tai Chi performance,
that has featured all styles of Tai Chi.
It is awesome, and has grown consistently
year after year. 10 years of accomplishment
is a long time, but I am looking forward
to an even better 10 years more to come.
Congratulations to Sifu Wong, and his
Sifu Tai Yim - Kensington, MD
Tai Chi Legacy stands out as the World-Wide
premier Chinese Martial Arts Event. I
have been there for all ten years; Referring
Sanshou, performing on occasion in the
Master's Exhibition and always marveling
at the Lion and Dragon dance teams. Sifu
Jimmy Wong is so much more than a US National
Treasure and each time I leave his event,
I feel ashamed that I received much more
than I was able to give.
Sifu Mike Barry - Baltimore, MD
everyone in the martial arts world that
Tai Chi Legacy is the Premier Tai Chi
event in the United States. The best and
brightest practitioners and seminar presenters
from across the country and around the
world attend because of the quality of
the participants in the event and seminars
offered along the expertise of the judges.
This is an event that is NOT to be missed.
Sifu Gary Utterback - Owings, MD
I have been attending every Taiji Legacy
over the last 10 years. Taiji Legacy has
been an opportunity for me to meet with
my friends every year. I'll always be
Sifu Randy Li - Overland Park,
The best Taiji & Kungfu Tournaments
in the USA, or anywhere.
Sifu Chun Man Sit - Overland Park,
I would like to congratulate Master Jimmy
Wong and his staff on the tenth annual
Taiji Legacy success in 2007. Over the
past ten years, Taiji Legacy has grown
without doubt one of the most popular
tournaments I have attended in the States.
As I look back over the years, this tournament
has provided not just great opportunities
for me to make new friends but also of
developing skills and knowledge with other
martial artists. With this growth of enthusiasm
from all who have known this event, I
look forward to many more years of successful
Taiji Legacy tournaments. Once again,
Sifu Kam Lee - Jacksonville, FL
Master Jimmy Wong,
Happy 10th and 20th anniversary!
2006 was the first year when my school,
Szondi Institute, has participated in
the Taiji Legacy Tournament. Although
we have participated in numerous national
an international competitions in Europe
and USA, this tournament impressed us
through its professional organization,
the warm welcoming and the special attention
given to each participant: athletes, masters,
teams, and supporters, and not lastly,
the high sportsmanship level. We felt
as being part
of the big Chinese martial arts family.
This tournament left unforgettable and
cherished memories in all of us, and we
are honored and eagerly looking to participate
in the next ones to come.
Your dedication, love and sportsmanship
are values strongly rooted in. These values
have become the base of a strong environment
where the martial art spirit has been
raised at the highest level and become
We wish you to have the strength and power
to continue this work with the same passion
and dedication you proved so far. Promoting
Chinese martial arts is not an easy task,
but you have pushed the limits and showed
that practicing martial arts is not just
practice but a way of life.
Let us have the strength to celebrate
the 50th anniversary.
All the best wishes and successes in
your future endeavors
Master Florin Szondi - Hollywood,
I have been participating in the Taiji
Legacy tournament for the last several
years. In this time I have seen it grow
into one of the premiere martial arts
events in the country. My students and
I look forward to attending it for many
years to come.
Sifu Paul Chu - Houston, TX
Special thanks to Grandmaster Jimmy Wong,
Bee Dao, Patty Sun, Don Vo, Penny Vo and
the rest of the Chin Woo staff for continuing
to host this great event. We love being
part of the Taiji Legacy and we appreciate
everything you do. We look forward to
seeing you at the 2007 Taiji Legacy and
Congratulate you on 20th anniversary for
your school and the 10th Anniversary of
the Taiji Legacy.
Tom Gohring - Austin, TX
I have always enjoyed the Taiji Legacy!
The variety of so many different styles
to see and learn from. The Taiji Legacy
is what I use as a gauge for my students
to develop their level of training. I
will always encourage my students to attend
Sifu Jose Mendoza - Des Moines,
Taken from Sifu Tom Gohring's taijilegacy.com
- Thanks for all your support!!!
The Taji Legacy is one of the few tournaments
in the United States that represents the
true spirit and values of martial arts
which are friendship and unity. There's
only one word I can use to describe it
all - Family. It's been an honor to be
a part of this brotherhood over the years.
The legacy is a true example of fellowship.
Sifu Christophe Clarke - Englewood,
attending the competition in 1999 as an
advanced competitor in both Kung Fu and
Tai chi and had the opportunity to meet
and compete against such people as Siu
Fong Evans and others.
When I was bestowed the great honor of
judging in 2001, I knew this was the commencement
of a whole new facet of both my training
and my maturation as a martial artist
and as a student/teacher.
Now entering my 30th year of trying to
understand what my masters have been trying
to teach me (LOL!), it has been my privilege
and distinct honor to serve in that capacity
with this great tournament. More so, to
observe Patty Sun, Bee Dao, John Nguyen,
and others grow into great people and
awesome martial artists was a great side
benefit. My great hope is that someday
I will have as loyal, intelligent, and
honorable senior disciples as Master Wong.
This tournament has allowed me to meet
many great martial artists, and to be
associated with some of these masters
is to be humbled beyond comprehension.
I thank Sifu Wong, all of you, and the
whole Chin Woo Association for allowing
me to serve in some capacity over the
years! Congratulations on a great 10 years
and much prosperity and honor over the
Sifu Michael Aronson - Houston, TX
For 10 years, the Legacy has provided
a forum for Chinese martial arts enthusiasts
like me to meet and mingle with others
who share the same fervor. Without this
tournament, I wouldn't have met these
people from different styles from all
over the country and some from different
countries. It is something I look forward
to the next tournament, renewing acquaintances
and meeting new ones. The excitement that
this tournament produces gives me more
energy and enthusiasm to continue on propagating
the arts and getting other people to join
me makes it even more rewarding and satisfying.
I wish you continued success in next month's
tournament and for years to come!!
Sifu Chiqui Banaag
Jimmy Wong does a great service in preserving
the legacy and assuring the future of
Chinese Martial Arts in America through
the Taiji Legacy tournament and workshops.
He brings the top teachers and competitors
from around the world to work and play
together in an atmosphere of peace and
harmony. I try to attend every chance
I have when I am not booked to be training
our police and government agencies in
defensive tactics based on Chinese martial
Sifu John Painter - Arlington,
For me it was a great experience Judging
in the Tai Ji Legacy and just getting back
to tournament circuit was worthwhile.
Sifu Peter Pena
that Tai Chi is just now where Yoga was
12 years ago. People are starting to hear
about it more, exploring it and finding
out how wonderful it is for the Spirit,
Body and Mind. Events like Tai Chi Legacy
have helped to fuel this enthusiasm and
interest. Thank you for all the efforts
in promoting Tai Chi to the Western Culture!
Sifu Chris Bouguyon - Rowlett, TX
Taiji Legacy has maintained the feeling
of "the family" in regards to
the Martial Arts while still running a
Sifu Eric Hargrove
have enjoyed attending the Taiji Legacy
as both as a spectator and event volunteer.
The Master's show and Lions' Dance have
both been spectacular and rewarding.
The event is managed well and I would
recommend it to anyone interested in
the martial arts.
I was trying to remember how many years
I have attended the Taiji Legacy, but
the first one was in a gymnasium and it
was only a few months after I had begun
to study. Each year I attended brought
more knowledge and appreciation of not
only the beauty of martial arts, but the
spirit, energy, and expertise of the martial
artists I was priviledged to see there.
When I brought new students each year,
they also were inspired in their own pursuits
of deeper knowledge and performance. I
look forward every year to bringing new
students to compete and see the Masters
Demonstration and the Opening Demonstration
for the first time. I know they will be
inspired. The Taiji Legacy is a thrilling,
well run, high-level event. Thank you
and your students for all your many hours
of hard work in bringing us this amazing
Lynn Perrine - Houston, TX
In 1997 a friend invited me to watch him
compete in a tai chi and kung fu tournament
hosted by Master Jimmy Wong. Having been
a student of various martial arts for
over 30 years I was naturally curious
about tai chi. By the end of that day
at the tournament I was sold. The next
week I enrolled at Master Wong’s
Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy and he has
been my Sifu ever since.
Congratulations, Sifu, for ten years of
continued Taiji Legacy success!
Skip Harrison - Dallas, TX
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