August in Czech Republic

The first ever intensive seminar of Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan in the Czech Republic will be held from the 3rd to the 10th of August in Moravka village at recreation centre number 322.

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Moravka is a small village in the Beskydy mountains, located near the town of Frýdek-Místek.
The cost of this 7-day seminar is 160 euro (or 4000,- CZK equivalent ), which includes food and accommodation. There is a child’s discount.
The food will be cooked as from the home kitchen; special dietary requirements can be accommodated.

Nature is ready, and the river is also ready.

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You can soak your feet or go for a swim.

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Half of the expected price should be paid into account: 2200320243/6210.
Foreign attendees can pay upon arrival, but a binding mail reservation is necessary in this case.
For more information please contact the organizer Mr. Radek Michalak : fm@nirmala.cz

We look forward to seeing you there.

Radek a Jana

July in Italy

Il Maestro Ric Lum tornerà il prossimo Luglio ad insegnare Tai Chi Chuan in Italia.

Una bella opportunità per conoscere, approfondire e migliorare la conoscenza del suo stile: il Yuan Chi Tai Chi Chuan.

L’idea che stiamo realizzando è quella di organizzare un vero e proprio tour che tocchi varie località tra Roma e dintorni e alcune tappe nel Nord Italia.

Nelle prime tre settimane il seminario si svolgerà con tappe su Roma, Trevignano e Santa Marinella.

Spero di poter fare questo meraviglioso viaggio insieme.

Con affetto.

Claudia

ITINERARIO ITALIANO YUAN CHI TAI CHI CHUAN ITALIA

TOUR 2013

1° giorno: Roma Sabato 29 Giugno
2° giorno: Roma Domenica 30 Giugno
3° giorno: Trevignano Lunedì 01 Luglio
4° giorno: Trevignano Martedì 02 Luglio
5° giorno: Santa Marinella Mercoledì 03 Luglio
6° giorno: Santa Marinella Giovedì 04 Luglio
7° giorno: REST DAY Venerdì 05 Luglio
8° giorno: Roma Sabato 06 Luglio
9° giorno: Roma Domenica 07 Luglio
10° giorno: Trevignano Lunedì 08 Luglio
11° giorno: Trevignano Martedì 09 Luglio
12° giorno: Viterbo Mercoledì 10 Luglio
13° giorno: Santa Marinella Giovedì 11 Luglio
14° giorno: REST DAY Venerdì 12 Luglio
15° giorno: Roma Sabato 13 Luglio
16° giorno: Roma Domenica 14 Luglio
17° giorno: Trevignano Lunedì 15 luglio
18° giorno: Trevignano Martedì 16 Luglio
19° giorno: Modena Mercoledì 17 Luglio
20° giorno: Modena Giovedì 18 Luglio

For more information please email:  yuanchi@constantbalance.com

Cosmic dance

The true significance of Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan is that it is movement that invokes the flow of the All-Pervading Energy. It is motion that obeys and is in the Tao, the Way.

The wider implication of this is the potential for a human being to spread blessings through his/her motion.

There is both an art as well as a science to this transforming ability. A master of Yuan-Chi can turn walking, writing or housework into Grace. It is like transforming motion into music.

The field of systematic movement includes dance, sports, therapeutic exercise and martial arts. {Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan, incidentally, is all 4 of the above categories}

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I think that most systems of movement are too unevolved to be transformed into cosmic dance.

There are however notable exceptions:

  • In athletics; in running I have seen two exceptional Olympic champions who have imbibed (unconsciously?) parts of the secret: Michael Johnson of the USA in 400metres(retired undefeated) and Usain Bolt of Jamaica in 100metres. (If you discover what they have in common in their running styles you will have uncovered a few of the ‘tricks’ of Tai Chi Chuan.) And of course there’s a reason why graceful cricketers and tennis players are entrancing to watch?
  • In dance I think the following may have enough potential to be upgraded into Yuan-Chi; ‘belly dance’{Raas Shaqui}, Indian temple dancing, tango[milonga], flamenco, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, modern waltz, Chinese dancers twirling silk streamers in the classical style etc.
  • In martial arts, 3 styles come immediately to mind; judo, ba-kua[no surprise as it is condensed from Tai Chi Chuan] and Choy Lee Fut / Hung Gah.

Put another way, the greater of the greatest masters is one whose every movement is a prayer, a benediction, and dedication to the Divine.

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Yuan-Chi – A Paradigm Shift

YUAN-CHI TAI CHI CHUAN – A PARADIGM SHIFT

The essence of art
Art in itself is not inherently spiritual. It has the potential to express spiritual desire. At best, it can be a reflection of spirituality. Which is not the same as spirituality; in the same way that your  reflection is not the same as you. It may look like you (the better the reflective surface, the more faithful the reflection) but no matter how authentic the reflection, it has none of the substance of the real thing. In other words, martial art is part of the matter of the earth, albeit on a subtler level than some things.

The first master of martial art was perhaps Shri Parashurama, who lived in India about 8,000 years ago.
The original purpose of martial art was to purify and balance the grosser bodies in the hope that the subtle system may become clear enough for Mother Kundalini to connect us to the All Pervading Energy; the Grace of the Divine.
A secondary purpose was for man to not only connect with Nature, but to be in harmony with Nature, to awaken Nature within us, to become Nature.

The purpose of art is to create beauty; in this case beauty in & of movement.
On the gross level, we have emotions, physical activity and mental activity. If done properly, martial art may help balance us on this mundane level.

What then is the essence of martial art?
Balance- to be in perfect balance
Movement- the ability to move in harmony with the flow of chi
Energy- to be able to follow, tap into, lead and direct chi

Addressing this essence is what distinguishes Tai Chi Chuan in the field of martial arts.

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Tai Chi Chuan was developed from Taoist cosmic principles by Zhang San-Feng.
The Mother gave birth to the universe. The Feminine Aspect rules the universe. In practice; the theory, attitude, approach and techniques of Tai Chi Chuan puts it on a higher footing than the hard variety of hard martial arts. Water is softer than earth but harnessed properly it can overwhelm even the hardest steel. In fact, ladies have an innate physical & psychological advantage in the study and practice of Tai Chi Chuan.

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Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan – The paradigm shifts

When Zhang San-Feng discovered Tai Chi Chuan, before the advent of the Mother as foretold long ago, the way of Tai Chi Chuan had many things in common with soft internal martial arts. Nevertheless, it was quite different from other martial arts.

Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan is a step beyond all other Tai Chi styles.
The way of Yuan-Chi is as the Tao of the sage Lao Tze { Tao Te Ching or Tao De Jing }.

It is dancing on the heavenly river of the Way. It is spontaneous, it is the effortless way.

The movement of Yuan-Chi is powered by the All-Pervading energy of the Divine.
Automatically. There is no doing. Where ‘chi gong’ is energy work, Yuan-Chi is “chi liu”; energy flow.

It is beauty that is fashioned by the power of Grace.

Beyond all other systems of movement, whether dance, sports, therapeutic exercise or martial arts, Yuan-Chi relies on this heavenly energy, which can be felt as a Cool Breeze.

Art of the essence
The truly artistic part of movement occurs when we move in obedience to the essence of the  movement, which is beyond the shallowness of mere form, i.e. substance shaping form not form before substance.

In Yuan-Chi, the dance is shaped by the pattern of movement of the limitless energy.

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But what are the benefits?
An avenue for graceful expression. Expect to enjoy increased energy levels , be less susceptible to illness and to improve your posture. Enhance your sense of well-being; feel balanced, supple, more confident and empowered. Just by the way, you’ll learn to defend yourself. You may feel more attractive as a result of improved health, self-confidence and poise.

Your physical abilities will be enhanced- balance, coordination, speed, ambidexterity, control, strength and reflexes that can spill into the emotional & mental sides. This may become apparent in your sporting activities or just in the way you walk.

Together with patience and harmony, you should gain a better sense of timing, more acute perception and become more effective at “going with the flow”.

You begin to live a philosophy of not wanting. You become natural. And peace shall descend upon you.

Along the Way, you may become a spiritual being.

“Practise Non-Ado, and everything will be in order.”
~Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching ch.3

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What students say:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student’s Viewpoint

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In 2013 I experienced in Moravka what I had previously only read about; The flow; Tao and stillness while moving?
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“Surrendered to the Chi working through spasmed muscles through the Dance of the 108 & felt another step… Nidra!?”
Ray’s Find

.. it was like my neck and my head were like a big fire, or like a spring of water spreading joyfully endless “light” in all directions.
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“Thru practising the 108 styles I often recognize “the right” movement. It feels like peaceful flow without any thoughts.”
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“After class I sat to meditate remembering the above. I experienced such strong cool vibrations that stopped raising and tying up Kundalini, out of Respect, because She was already There.”
Andrew’s Account

“The image that came to mind was the coiling and uncoiling of DNA strands, the double helix, and my arms and legs moved with a fluidity and connection that I had never experienced.”
Magda’s memory

“If you show me, then I will know what the problem is?”
Gregor’s Tome

“Dance: like sleep in its ebb and flow and gradual waking.”
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“Sifu’s dance in Paramachaitanya is different from simply following the inner Kundala movement.”
Aron’s Awareness

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“I experienced the highest state of Union with the All, my inner energy united with the All Pervading Energy beyond myself;”
Parvati’s Light

It was so peaceful and then I was standing on the globe, the earth, just me and the world.
I was supported and could look down and see the whole globe under me with space all around.
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It is the conversations with Sifu, which challenges my brain deeply.
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“.. the movements are our attempts at becoming one with the GOLDEN RATIO, so awesome.”
Dagmar’s Vault

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“Follow what you see…Become what you follow…”
Anthony’s gift

I began doing a mirror image of the form..after doing this I went back to the piece and had no trouble performing the tricky passage.  Tims’ Timbre

“I came to Constant Balance by mistake.. and have been in his class ever since.” Virginia

“Il Yuan Chi Tai Chi Chuan è illusione, spesso mentre si vede Sifu praticare ci si rende conto di questo.”
Claudia Confides

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“the vibrations were present and strong, can’t wait till next time 🙂 May the Force be with you.”  Hanuman

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Despite having strong muscle pain for a few years, after more or less 8 days of intensive course I noticed a great lightness and greater balance in my posture and I found a very positive effect on my mood. This amazing experience has helped me to rediscover the unity within myself. The meditations have become more spontaneous and profound. I felt it obviously and clearly that practising Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan gives me a balanced well-being of all the senses in a very natural way.
Alexandra

“I had a sense of being immersed in the dance, as if I had stepped out of myself.”
Tyrone’s Tale

“She was fascinated by this gentle, innocent & pure way like the people who have just received the highest blessing of realization.” Dagmar’s Vault

“I felt my awareness slow to an expanded awareness of the present, I was aware of the warm sun, cool touch, soft orange light..in the stillness I could feel my heartbeat and my awareness of being part of something greater.”
Brenda’s Recommendation

I noticed after 4 hours..my aches and pains were just about gone!
Mick’s Mission

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“Never doubt the experience, always question the interpretation.”
Lionel Speaks!

“In the summer of 2013 I had a severe injury in my lower back so I couldn’t stand straight or walk properly.
Then I met Lum Sifu and I started to learn the Way of Tao. I received a personal intensive course – learning Section One of Yuan-Chi  Tai Chi Chuan. Sifu also treated me and everything worked out perfectly.”
Hanuman

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“If you’re good at programming then I am God. But I’m not God so you can’t be any good!”

“I understand now what you meant, when you talked to me about real Tai Chi Chuan!”
Steffi Says

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“Today master Ric helped heal me of my cold and flu.”
Mick’s Surmise

“She was beaming out a ray of healing to all the children in the ward. All the kids slept soundly and total peace came over them all.”
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“Ric didn’t explain much but…showed my brother John and I the starting posture of Tai Chi Stance… what came after was totally amazing as John and my arms floated up without effort…”
Master Michael’s Musings

“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…This is one amazing journey of true Tai Chi…”
Master John’s Exposition

“To truly be movement of a subtle texture our internal calmness must overcome or control the pervasive influence of the external surroundings.”
Cam’s Mem!

“I experienced during the practice a feeling of purity and silence, and in a specific moment when I turned and was facing you, came a deep sense of respect and gratitude for you and what you were doing…sometimes when I was moving my arms and hands I could feel the energy, or Chi, as having substance and I could hold and move it, almost see it. As if the Chi became more dense and possible to grasp.”
Thanks for practice today. As I said, I couldn’t find words to express how I felt during the form, only later I realized that the only way I would be able to describe it would be as being touched by Grace. I will leave like that, the rest would be empty words.
Carlos China

This is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi fan squirrel“This little critter took time out to watch Amy and friends doing Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan in Santa Cruz, California. But the interesting part was that the squirrels stayed together afterward, cuddling and playing and preening each other for the rest of our time at the park.”
Amy’s Anecdote

“You looked like you could fly, you moved like a bird that might fly away.” Maurizia

“As a primary school teacher, my commitment to tai chi seems to be directly proportionate to my capacity to create engaging learning experiences in the classroom.”
Adrian Observes

“There are no thoughts in my head, just the graceful movements. I am at peace.”
Jan Enlists

“It is a mirage to the mind because it is so hard for the mind to comprehend but it is real.”
Sara’s Sagacity

“while all parties were perfectly still and before any ‘physical’ movement, the students ‘sense’ of their center of balance appeared to be shifted.”
Gerry’s experiences

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“Hi Ric, I enjoyed the class last Wednesday. I was very pleased and impressed with your approach and the emphasis given to The Way.
Your approach certainly struck a chord with me and I’m very keen to learn and develop my connection with / awareness of Chi and make that part of the external movement which, in turn, I hope to control without using muscles. I guess it’s about learning to dance as you say.
So much more to say, I feel both impatient for the next step (and the next, and the next) and relaxed that the journey has begun.
15/06/2011, Chris Crane

“..several months later I was in Villa Ada, in real-life with Master Ric, in the same place as in my dream!”
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“Yuan-Chi Tai-Chi during class always leaves me in a better place and my mind can clear and be free of burdens, worries and distractions. It is meditative for me and I feel lighter and more peaceful at class end.”
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“If you apply it without having experienced the internal dynamics then you will use force / strength / speed to manipulate the opponent. – this is not Tai Chi.”
Rodney Reflects

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

“The movements flow, the feeling is exquisite.”Susanne Heuberger

“I have also gained a certain resilience and inner strength of character through perseverance… And indeed, there are times when I feel as if I was in a state of meditation and I can float like a butterfly.”
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“I was having fun playing in the ‘spaces’ between styles – there is more ‘movement’ in them than I had noticed before, LOADS in fact and a lot of ‘force’/’springiness –”
Sharon Expounds

“..there was a point when a work-related issue came sharply into my mind.” Dinh’s Diary

“Amazingly, my neck cricked at the point which I’d been having rigidity problems for a very long time..”
Jo’s View

“Thank you very much for your healing hands.” Miranda

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Sally’s Compliment

“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’s Journey

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

“.. the monkey sees, but…”
Kyle’s Contemplation

“It feels like the wrist has become one solid but malleable rod of metal, without any joints or layers. Kind of like soft lead. Bent easily if gently pressed, hard and solid if hit with abrupt force.”
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“May the Song Be Heard By All”
Eva

“I felt I was watching a dance between you and a much beloved being, maybe your Higher Self…”
Linda

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“The act of trying to let go has struggle inbuilt…”
Janaki

“The feeling made me joyful, as a happy surprise.”
Ben’s Brooding

“When she saw me last (in February) she complained that it was so slow she could not stand it. This time she was seriously interested and tried to follow my movements. The question is, where was the change? With me or with her?”
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