The journey_ the Tao

“Accept life as it is. As it is, whatever life is there, accept it. Don’t retaliate, don’t get angry, don’t get upset, just accept, and you’ll enjoy the same life which was irritating you. You will see the enjoying part of that, and it will be so beautiful the way you will see that you’ll get over all your problems, you’ll get over all your enemies, and a kind of a very fresh beautiful existence you’ll have.”
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Sahastrara Puja 1999, Cabella Ligure, Italy

A month before knowing by e-mail Master Ric I had this dream:

I was in Villa Ada, in Rome, seeking a Sahaja Yogini who practised tai chi chuan. (During this time I was, in real life, a Yang family’s tai chi chuan student but seeking a deeper knowledge and experience of the taoist way.)
At the beginning of the dream starting in the lower zone of the park I was climbing up to the high end of the park, very near a bar/cafe.
I met a woman dressed in white who was practising a bit of tai chi chuan movement. I asked her if she knew the inner mechanism of tai chi chuan.
She answered that she didn’t know well but the only thing she could tell me was that during the movements of the form the Earth absorbs the thoughts.This was in my dreams..

…several months later I was in Villa Ada, in real-life with Master Ric, in the same place as in my dream!

Ivan Alibrandi
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 13:07:18 +0200 (CEST)


Ric didn’t explain much but..what came after was totally amazing as John’s and my arms floated up without effort or muscle contraction and with a 90 degree turn of both palms, my arms would slowly descend back to the starting position. After achieving the arm lift for numerous times, I felt revived and my vision became very bright and I was able to see objects clearly into the far distance.
Master Michael Lee
December 18, 2004 at 10:01am

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, by that I mean my
students could see that I have roundness and internal power even within
my linear Mantis forms. As for Choy Li fut, well those low stances feel
effortless to do now. This is one amazing journey of true Tai Chi, and I
must thank Ric for sharing his knowledge with me and my brother Michael.
Master John Lee
November 20, 2004 at 6:24pm


On 5/05/2015 10:23 PM, Ray Hampton wrote:
Healing through Tai Chi
On my journey of Yuan Chi Tai Chi I have discovered internal therapeutic benefits in our style.
Whether it be push hands, our Dance, CMC or sword forms.
‘It’ starts with a connection that activates from within and becomes an undulating ebb of nurturing, healing, connecting flow that emanates from within and flows outwards as far as we are able to let it go or surrender. This energy is the all pervading power that physically flows through us and resides in us all.
Under the instruction and teaching of Master Ric Lum I have experienced the physical benefits and health benefits of this all pervading power or Chi energy. It works from within and is the true connection and meaning of the Chinese term ‘Tai Chi’.
I strongly recommend a class with Master Ric Lum to gain this experience.
Ray Hampton

Ric is a brilliant teacher with such talent to analyse each individual’s capabilities and apply the relevant or necessary method to harness the correct posture for better understanding of CHI flow in each position of the Tai Chi form. Learning Tai Chi from him is so effortless and joyful that every session is treasured.
Master Michael Lee
Nam Fong Tong Long

Dear Sifu,
I appreciated our conversation today. It is – as always – very timely and reminded me of what is truly important, what is the “unseen” I am looking to bring forth. Thank you for following your path and for persisting with it…
Your journey is so very important. I want part of my material energy to flow to you.
There are so few people where conversations flow for me and I have decided that this is most likely because I m trying to “dumb down” what I say in order to communicate with people. It just is too hard. I have decided to speak my truth a lot clearer. But like the butterfly story, it is a journey of becoming for me.
Gregor Ptok
18/12/2014 9:38 PM

Ric is a very precise teacher, which my joints, alignment and posture have all benefited from. Ric is also concerned with more than the outer ‘dance’ aspects of Tai Chi – which I appreciate.
The shifts, for me, have been more than physical. Beyond the dance, I have learned about myself.

Comparison of Old to Ric;
With Ric I have a much better Flow and feel of my energy, internally my organs feel softer and I feel as though I am moving forward. No stop / start. Leave your ego at the door when training with Ric. Ric is able to simplify or I find Ric is able to intricate. That is very helpful as you move along the winding river.
Cameron Verrills



Skype lessons?

On 4/05/2015 12:52 AM, Gregor wrote

I have studied Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan since 2005. After having the opportunity to learn from Sifu in Jubilee Park, I moved to Melbourne in 2013. Earlier this year I have again started to take lessons from Sifu, largely via Skype. Sifu is able to teach and “reach” me through this medium, and I am able to feel his influence on my movements. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Whilst I believe there will be limitations as to what can be taught via Skype, I am convinced that this point is still a long way off for me.

Some may regard learning via Skype to be not “as good as” a weekly lesson in person. I believe the unique benefits of Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan and the depth of Sifu’s knowledge far outweigh the perceived drawbacks. Having lived in Europe and Australia, I believe the internet can give access to knowledge from around the globe which in previous times would have been inaccessible.  I believe Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan is ancient movement and wisdom, infused with insights from meditation, expressed through the form of Tai Chi. I have not come across anything remotely close previously and, judging by the comments of what other students say, neither have they.

Participating in a workshop with Sifu can be a great experience. It will allow you to decide whether this school is the right one for you. Regular lessons via Skype and practice with other students will help develop on the journey.

Gregor Ptok



Subject: lesson
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:48:44 +0200

Sifu Thanks for the skype lesson and the beautiful meta- therapy.
During the experience of following you, I felt my body tense and my painful arm that followed the flow I felt as if you could make stretching arm. I followed Sifu and I followed the flow of energy.
During meta therapy it was as if you were physically in front of me … I felt your movements and didn’t sense any difference with doing therapy in person.
Thank you for your support for me to start to spread the Divine Gift of Yuan Chi Tai Chi Chuan in Rome.
Claudia Casetti

Push Hands 0nline

Taoist combat?

Once upon a time, there was a king in China who wished his two pet chickens to become the best fighting cocks in the land. Upon hearing of the martial prowess of a legendary Taoist master, our king beseeched this master of the Way thus:

“Oh great One, your liege desires that these two worthless feathered scratchers shall triumph in the upcoming melee of fighting cocks. Make them invincible.”

And so our budding avian titans were brought under the wing of said ineffable master.

But come the grand contest, our king was sore concerned at the progress of his beloved chickens. Or apparent lack thereof. Whereas all the other champions from far and wide were in earnest combat with wing, beak, and claw, his own champions stood placidly aloof. They took no part in the unfolding spectacle of squawks and flying feathers!
Whenever they were set upon by the other cockerels, they merely retreated, turned, stepped away or otherwise deflected the mighty blows rained upon them, without fail. And remained unruffled.

And so it came to pass that all the mighty combatants in this unsurpassable contest clawed, pecked and kicked each other out of contention. Even the mightiest of them slumped in defeat, if only through exhaustion.

Save for our two idle protagonists. And so our mighty monarch witnessed his twin champions declared unbowed and triumphant.

Overjoyed though our king was to have his heart’s desire fulfilled, yet was he still sore baffled as to how his chickens had won!

“Oh most illustrious of gurus, how did you conjure victory out of seeming certain defeat?”

Whereupon our reticent sage revealed his great secret:

“I merely trained them to Do NOT!”

{ adapted from address on 26th Feb. 1995 at Castle Mt. by H.H. SHRI MATAJI NIRMALA DEVI }

Classes in Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Every Tuesday from 18:30
at Str. Memorandumului nr. 8 (Matca Center)

Number of attendees is limited to 7!


Please sign up below:

During the class translations to Hungarian and English is possible.

Contact Aron:
+40 741.214.469


There are only 2 beginner classes / year, so don’t miss this one.



and Then

In the Central Park


At the Permaculture House

Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan at Cluj Napoca

Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan at Cluj Napoca


We human beings just by the way we stand represents all our subtle conditioning. Physical posture expresses psychological state.

In Tai Chi Chuan books talk about Yin and Yang in the Push Hands and we certainly in Push Hands know when we are in a Yang segment and when in Yin, but throughout we try to ensure that our expressions remain in the central channel.

Jan Enlists

My Physiotherapist recommended that I join Tai Chi because I have Osteo Arthritis.

My mobility was decreasing and it was clear that something had to be done. The common view is that once you lose the use of joints it is often impossible to restore them.

Unfortunately, I have two other chronic conditions which prevent my taking the conventional treatments for arthritis, anti-inflammatories and pain killers.

Andrew said the gentle movements in Yuan-Chi Tai Chi could only be beneficial and he was right.

There is no pressure in the classes, you simply follow the form. In the beginning, there were so many styles that I could not do. But gradually I have found that I can perform more and more. I do not have
the grace and agility of other students but I am proud of what I can do.

I cannot remember all the styles but in the Park every Saturday, I enjoy my surroundings, the trees and grass, the sky and birdsong.
There are no thoughts in my head, just the graceful movements. I am at peace.

Do I still feel the arthritic pain, yes, but on Saturdays, it is secondary to the pleasure of the dance.


Video Library

Carry Tiger Back to Mountain

 Tai Chi in the Rain

 Dance of the Paramachaitanya

The sage experiences without abstraction,
and accomplishes without action;
He accepts the ebb and flow of things,
Nurtures them, but does not own them,
And lives, but does not dwell.
~Lao Tze

Interview with Master Ric

“Welcome Aron, what we do realize (is) that Yuan-Chi Tai-Chi, as taught by Sifu Ric Lum, is both a physical and spiritual journey with endless possibilities.” Magda’s memory

 Push hands and Meta-therapy {Viterbo 2015}

 Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan @Cluj-Napoca

Scenes from Viterbo intensive, 2015