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Magda Hribar

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 exercise.
After I commenced Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan, I discovered lots of physical benefits - I have had a lot less problems with my neck and back, and I have also felt a lot more strength and stability in my legs and feet.

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.
Mon, 9 Apr 2012 09:34:19 +1000


Subject: Surrender II
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 09:07:48 +1000

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 

Subject: Surrender
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2011 09:33:41 +1100

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.

Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 6:13 PM
notes from last week

Wed 22 Sep.
I went through Sections 1 and 2.  With the majority of the styles, they didn't feel that much different, I just felt stronger and more firmly planted. However, with "Repulse Monkey" and "Left Part Foot, Right Part Foot", the styles felt very different in that there was a lot more movement through my body as I seemed to rotate around a central core.

Sat 25 Sep.
Observing you last Saturday, the lesson became about using the eyes and hands as landmarks for the body to follow.  However, as I write this, what I think of is that the eyes and hands are tracing the flow of Chi.


Sent: 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.
So for me it means about being able to achieve a constant heartbeat and pulse rate which will then be like a metronome that provides the underlying rate for the form.


Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 5:23 PM
Subject: "soft feet"

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.


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