Studying Tai Chi
"After class Ric briefly spoke
about the #1 thing in learning Tai Chi: “Come to class!”
Are you on the spiral path? Then perhaps you enjoy the following:
Spontaneous awakening of Chi
"You have mentioned that Tai Chi contains the
potential for ‘Chi’ to awaken spontaneously..I didn’t realise it could happen
No activity that interrupts autonomic functions—breathing, heart rate etc.
You can enjoy your Tai Chi Chuan practice in any weather
I was remembering how you did that part, it was
like you were in fog... the fog
Not subject to analytical learning; you imbibe effortlessly
"We did it so often , that I still have it
like a picture in front of me."
You BECOME calm and clear of mind
the insight from experience (knowledge) can lead
You enter state of enjoyment when you do the form
feel a strong and subtle shift in the
fabric of life..a delightful sense of
awareness that arises spontaneously.."
You enjoy effortless flow in your form.
sense how the form really becomes a dance."
You do not take yourself too seriously!
also helps me as a parent, especially in the way it reminds me how one
Are you doing more with less?
"When I watch you do your form, I often see differences between
what you do and what I do."
Your mind goes BLANK whenever you force the pace
to be in more constant awareness of
The Energy moves you.
a brief moment this morning I felt as I were
moving just as you do."
You lose the desire to ask questions.
"Be wise, not smart, Don't judge, just speak the truth..."
You become less ambitious in your Tai-Chi
lifetime in the patient refinement of an art
that had no limits.."
You begin to ‘go with the flow’ in your daily life.
"Unless I’m prepared
to forget what I learnt and experience
every move as new and fresh, I will not
now what you mean, when you talked to me about real Tai
Chi Chuan!" Stefanie
"I do think it is quite difficult for many people who are
educated in a “western” system to adapt to what the “west” has
sometimes called an “eastern” approach."
"I am getting a lot
of value from your classes, and am especially learning a lot
from the format of watching you.."
"As for my Southern Mantis Tong Long and Choy Li Fut
Gung Fu, well, I have to say that I have taken a
giant leap forward,"
"Focussing on "U-Knee" is
like discovering a whole new story."
"The lessons are
superficially easy, but there is always more to
extract from them."
"..the dog attack only
lasted a split second or two but definitely felt
like 30 seconds of Tai Chi to me."
"..it is really reinforcing
the correct alignment of my waist and entire
reflect people's ability, where they are up to
in Tai Chi Chuan. In due course there's a right
way of doing it."
"..the first step is the
differentiation of the "pure" from "impure",..Lionel
"To truly be movement of a subtle texture our
internal calmness must overcome or control the
pervasive influence of the external
"My mind can't grasp much but my
body is having very new experiences -"
have found this makes a huge difference in the
feeling of (pushed into the) grounded-ness."
a student if you judge the teacher then there is
struggle as it comes in the way of the
this is the direction that Taiji training is
taking me, just how far down/inside does it go?"
as you understand better you realise that these
apparently slow movements are in fact body
moving in a dynamic balance."
must unlearn what you have learned."
"I wonder... how
many other things are there that I have been taught (that) are now acting to chronically block my
"Today I had an interesting experience with my little granddaughter:"
"By following Ric I'm able
to move with so much more detail than I could if
I were practising alone."