Michael Kirwin - Memorial Gathering, Orangeville ON Canada
Wednesday 21st August 2019, 4-6pm
Dods and McNair Funeral Home, 21 First Street, Orangeville ON Canada L9W 2C8. Google maps link to location: (click here). Additional parking across from D&M, on the south side of Second Avenue, if need be.
With heavy hearts we share the passing of Michael Kirwin, friend and Board member of the Canadian Taijiquan Federation.
Michael was chief instructor at Headwaters School of Tai Chi in Orangeville, Ontario, which he founded in 2010. He had studied Tai Chi for over 20 years. He also spent a number of years studying with wushu master Ting Seng Hung. Michael was proficient in Yang style, as well as spear, sword, and push hands forms.
As a member of the CTF Board, Michael focused on engaging membership and attracting people to tai chi for health and wellness. He supported the outreach activities of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, held the last Saturday in April each year.
Michael taught drama and English at the Peel Board of Education for 26 years. These skills made him an engaging and playful teacher of tai chi. He presented on 'Play in Taiji' at the inaugural CTF Symposium in September 2017. He shared strategies for teaching new students with his booklet on the principles of Taiji.
This short video shows Michael in action with his club. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm20fWchQHU
Michael will be sorely missed by his students and colleagues alike.
Michael was 71 years old.
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