I began my Tai Chi Chuan journey
in January 2005. I had been having some lessons in Alexander
Technique for some problems with my neck and upper back, and the
teacher advised that Tai Chi was a very highly recommended form of
Along the journey of improving my
physical well-being, I have also felt mental and emotional benefits.
The way that Master Ric guides us in teaching Tai Chi Chuan has
improved my ability to concentrate and to focus; it has also assisted
me in dealing with stress. I look forward to contining the journey to
see where esle it leads. I also enjoy helping others on the journey
because I have found that when I am instructing someone, I am also
learning, so the journey is always ongoing.
Subject: Surrender II
From Sat 7 April 2012, when we were doing the dance, I was conscious of your words from the previous day about keeping the two forms separate. Nonetheless, the concept of "Surrender" was present in my mind, as was the image of an hourglass with sand running through it back and forth and the thought that
You asked us to observe how your weight related to Mother Earth. When you demonstrated the styles that we had learnt this morning in S.3 of Cheng Man-Cheng form, you appeared to be floating on Mother Earth.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 6:13 PM
Wed 22 Sep.
Sat 25 Sep.
Saturday, July 11, 2009 7:07 PM
At first, I thought
it was about moving through the form at a constant rate and
that was what my mind was focusing on when Danya was in the
lead. But I found it really hard to do when Andrew was in
the lead and I felt jagged and bumpy. Then, when Gregor was
in the lead, I seemed to be moving quite effortlessly,
especially compared to the previous round, and felt like I
was following my heartbeat and pulse. For the next two
rounds when I led and then Miranda led, the feeling was just
a faint echo of what I had felt previously, and I didn't try
to hang on to it.
This morning Ric asked us to look while he demonstrated something. Before he started he said "it's all about Single Whip" and when he ended he asked us what we saw. My immediate response was that it was like variations on a theme of music, with the movement of Single Whip being the underlying melody and the different styles from Section 1, Section 2 and Section 3 being an overlay of different notes which changed the the theme in subtle ways but still made it clear that the melody was Single Whip. My second response was that this was the first time I had seen such a clear connection between the two hands when they moved through all the variations of Single Whip. This was linked to how I had felt earlier in the session, when we were practising with a new student - my whole body felt connected and was moving as one, rather than thinking about arms and legs moving.