China- America Tai Chi International
The following excerpt is from a speech given by Shifu Thomas, Wednesday, October 9th, 2003, at the ceremony honoring the members of the newly founded China-America Tai Chi International Association.
It is a special honor to be here in China. For certain, we live in interesting times... . There has never been a better time in history for the promotion of understanding, peace, friendship, and health... . I love the richness of the Chinese culture and the warmth and friendliness of her people. I look forward to future visits to China and for you to come and experience America.
With our newly formed relationship, my desire is to help encourage and educate a better understanding of our two countries' cultures. I would hope to play a part in the ongoing efforts toward peace, acceptance, and tolerance. Importantly, I will continue to motivate others to experience the practice of Tai Chi in philosophy, fitness, and health.