Interview with Master Ric

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

“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.”
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Spiritual Benefits

The spiritual benefits vary for each person depending on what they as an individual need and are ready for but students have meditative experiences, find peace, experience grace, the mystical and magical, and spontaneous chi flow.

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“Eternity is now. Because Reality is only ever the present moment.” Brenda

“I’ve never known squirrels to be so loving with one another, it was almost like a dream!” Amy

“I experienced the feeling of many parts of the form expressing the dance of Shri Ganesha.” Andrew

“Then it came to me that in comparison how quiet our own form is-when it is done it seems to leave nothing behind. No trace except peace.” Danya

“It was as if my body moved by itself.” Stefanie

“I need to thank Janaki for reminding me today that Taiji Chuan practice can be performed as a devotion to the Absolute.” Lionel

“Time is another aspect that is changing for me as I am now noticing that the form feels a lot quicker.” Mick

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Cool Breeze

“At times when practising I would get a sensation of shimmering vibrations on my hands, and lots of cool.” Andrew

“I had been getting quite hot, and suddenly my face and neck were very cool.” Gregor

“John unconsciously emitted a strong cool breeze…” Master Michael

“Oh, on a really high note – Dinh had a wonderful experience at Tai Chi on Saturday (a drop of Kundalini energy on her back)…” Gregor

“I could feel a very strong Cool Breeze through both hands” Mick

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Meditation

“..all that remained of *me* was my awareness…” Danya

“..there was a powerful urge to just sit down and meditate..and just blissfully watched my body-mind do its thing.” Lionel

“Within the first couple of lessons I noticed my attention was more focused for meditation after practising Tai Chi.” Andrew

“have been having quite deep experiences of meditation in particular with Push Hands,” Andrew

“Again this was repeated only this time it appeared my movements were easier and in fact drifting along independently of me…” Mick

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Grace

“The only way I would be able to describe it would be as being touched by Grace.” Carlos

“One of the most profound experiences was that of experiencing becoming aware of moving the feet very lightly and gently on the living, loving, supporting Mother Earth.” Ray

“The grace and elegance of the form, and the underpinning strength and balance, flow through into the rest of my life…” Danya

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Beauty

“Tai Chi Chuan is like a sassy woman. Once you have discovered her and she has touched you with her spirit, you have a lot of trouble breaking it off.” Cameron

“The stillness in movement felt like floating on legs -” Danya

“This morning I felt very strongly again the beauty of movement. I love it!” Gregor

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Music

“My immediate response was that it was like variations on a theme of music..” Magda

“By traversing such areas I found a landing, a support from the flow of Chi, a song that supported every movement.” Eva

“I started feeling Tai Chi like a piece of music.” Eva

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Dance

“I felt I was watching a dance between you and a much beloved being” Linda

“The sense of Chi directing my form that I mentioned to you in person several weeks ago is persisting.” Danya

“Then there was a realisation that we were telling a story with the form…” Jane

“The fascinating observation was that it could almost be described as dance …” Gregor

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Mystical

“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

“And how does it feel? To Surrender?” Amy

“Interesting tangent from applied maths/mathematical physics – ” Danya

“An interesting thought to be coming home to my Irishness through Tai Chi!” Sally

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Magical

“I found it very hard to distinguish the two in terms of their flow…I had to actually clear my head to see that it was two people, not just one person in two places.” Danya

“Gregor was in front of me and he appeared to be somehow ‘in’ the air” Jane

“Returning neutral hands to him and he is repulsed almost before I touch him.” Danya

“I didn’t actually feel myself at all, which was quite disconcerting. At the time there were two emotions: joy at the newfound lightness…” Gregor

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Lightness

“And I felt like that I could be a balloon – that if I lifted my feet off the floor that I’d float.” Sharon

“..my arms floated up in front of me and my whole body was carried through the form…” Danya

“Speaking of light, ..I notice my lower arms beginning to feel fluffy and lighter around the outside layers. An unusual, but very pleasant feeling.” Gregor

“I feel a lightness in my movements which I could never imagine to gain after such a short time.” Sieghilde

“I’ve felt fantastically light and full of energy since.” Gerry

“…my hands and arms felt much lighter as I glided through the movements” Mick

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Wholeness

“I love the way birds gather when we are practising Tai Chi Chuan with you, they seem to be drawn to the energy.” Brenda

“Today I felt more the relation as one of connection and even longing to return home.” Sally

“You realise that you are doing something really worthwhile..” Susanne

“..this movement cleared the path of feeling between my lower abdomen and my chest, like they could more effectively communicate afterwards.” Lionel

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Chi

“I could feel it rushing through and around my body – like being part of a building whirlwind…” Sharon

“When participating with the class I sometimes feel the spontaneous flow of Chi..lifting my body and connecting it to the greater Chi flow.” Brenda

“..there was a very strong sensation of there being a sort of “puff” of Chi that…was enough to truly move me.” Danya

“I felt my hands awaken with a connection of energy from my heart coming through my palms, and to (and from?) the universe.” Amy

“I felt an energy source in the middle of the soles of my feet connecting me deep down into the earth-” Sally

Psychological Benefits

The psychological benefits of Tai Chi Chuan include reduced stress, decreased anxiety, decreased feelings of depression, improved sleep, increased self-worth and self-esteem, decreased fatigue, improved attention, a general feeling of well-being, and a decrease in feelings of anger and hostility.
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Peace

“Quite early on in my learning I found that at the end of practice I would be greeted by a kind of ‘explosion of peace’, this still occurs.” Jon

“Last week, a feeling of deep peace and contentment came over me” Gregor

“Despite our pride being shattered and after much laughter I did experience some delightfully peaceful moments in which I think the “Chi” was experienced.” Mick

“My mind is definitely switched off” Sieghilde

“My overall experience was calmness” Roselle

“…I feel lighter and more peaceful at class end.” Neelica

“… that the peace and bliss of Tai Chi Chuan can become a part of everything.” Sara

“Later an even stronger impulse to even more fully relax.” Tyrone

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Stress Relief

“…proved a wonderful stress relief and an escape from the world of deadlines and commitments” Gerry

“I felt very refreshed and calm, and very aware of the lightness and beauty of the autumn trees around us in the park” Brenda

“… it has also assisted me in dealing with stress..” Magda

“… class always leaves me in a better place and my mind can clear and be free of burdens, worries and distractions.” Neelica

“These classes leave me feeling peaceful and removed from the stress…” Sara

“I have even lost the physical manifestations of stress – clenched fists, gritted teeth, and constant sighing – which I have been doing for as long as I can remember.” Sara

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Joy

“Gliding through the moves with the others filled me with such joy.” Gregor

 

Awareness

“Tai Chi Chuan has improved my ability to concentrate and to focus” Magda

“…the gentleness of the process, the awareness.” Sara

“…a way of improving my …  awareness of the world” Tash

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General wellbeing

“The more I come the better I feel!” Neelica

“I am far more emotionally balanced now than I have ever been.” Sara

Physical Benefits

The physical benefits of Tai Chi Chuan include lower blood pressure, reduction in pain, increased balance, better bone mineral density, greater strength, improved immune system function, increased aerobic capacity, improved flexibility, a greater range of motion for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Improved Physical Condition

“I began Tai Chi with a long-suffering hip injury that is considerably improved and causes me significantly less pain or discomfort. I have greater movement in that joint and improved balance and strength overall.” Neelica

“… an old shoulder niggle …  began to ache. As the class continued this ache and any feeling of impairment left me without a trace.” Gerry

“I have had a lot less problems with my neck and back,” Magda

“Our youngest daughter at ISPS had suffered from debilitating knee pains since the age of two… we took her to Tai Chi classes with Master Ric and the problem was fixed within 2 months.” Ray

“Sifu showed me how I don’t bend my spine… It felt lovely to stretch like that.” Sara

“…I’ve already noticed little improvements; like my posture has started correcting itself.” Tash

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Rehabilitation

“..it prevents recurrence of DVT?” Gregor

“I’m eating MUCH better than I have for a very long time…” Sharon

“ A wart on my left index finger that has been there for at least four years is now gone.” Lionel

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Rejuvenation

In Yuan-Chi Tai-Chi, when ‘Fire’ level is established, symptoms of thyroid dysfunction begin to disappear. In other words, clearing of Visshudhi chakrum then begins spontaneously.

“ The “spare tyre” is rapidly receding! Yay!” Lionel

“And here is a note on coming to class straight from a long distance flight:” Brenda

“..it appears that my feet have changed shape!” Sharon

“It is like I am sharper and I think faster and more clearly…my typing is faster… weird.” Jane

“At some point I realized the tiredness in my legs was associated with something in the “normal” gait of my own personality.., which when I could let go, all the tiredness would lift.” Andrew

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Strength

“..such power coming through all of them that it was frightening…” Danya

“..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.” Master John

“..there is a force from the sacrum that is driving my legs into the ground.” Lionel

“..they felt light and yet not powerless (quite the opposite) and under control/well rooted.” Ss

“went to practise Tai Chi I noticed my quadriceps (front thigh muscles) were sore. Today they hurt just to walk. This shows me they really had a workout in class yesterday.” Andrew

“…went to the gym to do some weights, started, then added more, retried, then added more… I was much stronger than I expected” Gerry

“A proper work-out and at least twice I was just about ready to stop because my legs were so exhausted.” Gregor

“like they had been through a workout, they were a bit “sore” but not painfully so; like they had a good workout and were a little bit stiff afterwards.” Magda

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Fitness

“My own morning’s sensory repertoire included mostly stretching of all the tendons and muscles…” Danya

“Today I have no problems at all while walking and I now run up staircases quite effortlessly.” Sieghilde

“I have had the experience of running upstairs with the ease of feeling as going downstairs, and of running (kind of a shuffle) completely without effort after practising Tai Chi.” Andrew

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Balance

“Tai-Chi has led to greater balance and grounded-ness. I feel a lot more stable standing on one leg” Gregor

“Also, I recently did some kicks and found myself reaching higher whilst maintaining my balance more than I remember doing before.” Gregor

“I have also felt a lot more strength and stability in my legs and feet.” Magda

“I started doing Tai Chi as a way of improving my balance…” Tash

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Flexibility

“Whilst I do not go out of my way to stretch there is more flexibility.” Ray

 

Blood Pressure

“In particular my blood-pressure, a serious problem my entire adult life, has noticeably improved measurably.” Gerry

 

Migraines

“I feel very confident now that I’ve been able to go twelve months without a migraine pharmaceutical drug that I’ll now be able to do this for the rest of my life.” Mick

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Let’s get started

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Okay this how it is

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And this is how it is done

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Just one happy family

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Ready for the wet?

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Smiling in the rain?

gotta go...

Someone remembered raingear

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Good man

ain't we sweetwith Jirka & auntie hippsee[Silka]

 Master Ric with Silka and Jirka

when you're perfect!

Master Ric and Jirka

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Nice Summer Weather

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Leesee now.. ‘ave I got all me

in the field..or the bog

In the field or in the bog?

thirsty work

Thirsty work

into the fog

Ah… Into the fog

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From whence cometh the man…

on your marks..

On your marks

outtadaway!

Outtadaway!

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Puppie

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Ready?

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