Learning Tai-Chi with Master Ric

“Sifu’s second real master, southern Shaolin hung gar master Mr. Chan With him it was a traditional way so just for example so for this you have to watch let’s start at the beginning; one beginning for example he showed us the opening greeting in his basic form number one so he would show that once and he would say now you go and practice. But of course none of us were that good, we had a division of labour. You right arm, he left arm, right leg left leg etc you have no idea what pampered pooches  you are, perhaps that is why you have such ego. Okay so this is what I mean by technical analysis on the purely physical this is what i suggest for you.”
Sun, 17 May 2015 10:49:34 +1000

++ I really appreciate Sifu’s coaching style in teaching (the Socratic way, this is also an art)
Aron

At the start of our skype lesson today Sifu had me stand facing him with my eyes closed. I felt energy transfer across the ether which put me into balance! Result?
A really bad backache removed by the effortless flow of Yuan-Chi.
Dagmar

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After class Sifu briefly spoke about the number one thing in learning Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan: “Come to class!”
I started learning Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan under Master Ric Lum in November 2005. It has weaved its way into all aspects of my life, providing immediate benefits in my day-to-day life and health, whilst also allowing me to catch glimpses of the eternal, ever-changing, un-changing energy of life. Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan to me is a craft so rich and intricate it will provide years of learning and development.
Gregor Ptok

“You have mentioned that Tai Chi contains the potential for ‘Chi’ to awaken spontaneously… I didn’t realise it could happen so quickly.” Janaki

“The arrival and departure of this force was spontaneous – I didn’t make it happen, I didn’t try to hang on to it, I didn’t make it go away.”   Magda

“I could sense how the form really becomes a dance.” Gregorstudying TaiChi2

The words that Sifu said to me last time about what does it cost to be prepared have been haunting me ever since.  Whenever I am going out I think what does it cost to be prepared – absolutely nothing! Thank you.   Vanessa A

I felt my body and my weight shift because of an inner movement, in contrast to previously feeling inner movement because my weight was shifting.” Magda

“Unless I’m prepared to forget what I learnt and experience every move as new and fresh, I will not progress.” Gregor

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Students’ quips:

“It is very simple when you know how – the difference with Yuan-Chi Tai-Chi is the knowing isn’t just mental knowledge, it is a physical and emotional knowledge that we gain by doing and feeling the moves, not just thinking about them or describing them in words.” Magda

“..when I am more receptive, I have the best experiences of strong vibrations (Shen Chi).  More recently I have been having deep experiences of meditation, in particular with Push Hands   Andrew

“I understand now what you mean, when you talked to me about real Tai Chi Chuan!” Stefanie

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“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.” Brenda

“As a student if you judge the teacher then there is struggle as it comes in the way of the training.” Janaki

“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,” Master John

“Focussing on “U-Knee” is like discovering a whole new story.” Gregor

“The lessons are superficially easy, but there is always more to extract from them.” Jon

“..the dog attack only lasted a split second or two but definitely felt like 30 seconds of Tai Chi to me.” Master Michael

“..it is really reinforcing the correct alignment of my waist and entire spinal column” Cameron

“Idiosyncrasies reflect people’s ability, where they are up to in Tai Chi Chuan. In due course there’s a right way of doing it.” Amy

“My mind can’t grasp much but my body is having very new experiences -” Sally

Letter to a returning student

Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2014 17:29:54 +1100
Dear C,

Sifu is now careful about not wasting the gift of Yuan-Chi on ordinary people. Of course you are welcome to apply to resume skype lessons, if you are truly serious about the journey of Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan.

But please be clear about this. If you stop again like you did last time, there may be no further opportunities available. So please only apply to rejoin Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan if you have the emotional maturity and clarity of mind to apply yourself properly to the gift of this Tao?

But before you do, there are some other matters which sifu wishes to bring to your attention:

As you know, sifu is mainly interested in students who can become disciples. Sifu is mainly interested in students who can spread Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan.

Finally, travelling on the Way can only be sustained if the character is true; Mariadda, Dharma and especially chastity with Innocence.

There is no room for self-glorification. Be true to your Self. You are just a beginner. Do not pretend to be greater than what you are. You shall then have acquired dignity on the journey towards self-mastery.

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