“Until you can bring forth a flower, Breathe life into that which is dead,
Summon or subdue the elements, Transport yourself through time and space,
And heal with a single thought, a single touch,
Can you call yourselves Masters?
And long before you achieve these things,
Titles shall become meaningless to you, and you will come to understand.”
Master Ric Lum studied Tai Chi Chuan under his esteemed teacher Grandmaster Ng Kon-Kuan, who had graciously come out of retirement to personally share of his wisdom and knowledge.
Prior to this Master Lum had enjoyed a number of different martial arts including Hung Family Fist, a popular southern Shaolin style, and Judo in particular.
In his youth Master Lum twice passed up opportunities to study under well known Tai Chi masters, being under the illusion that speed and power were what martial arts were all about.
Lum Sifu has been teaching Yuan-Chi Tai Chi Chuan since 1999 and has a growing body of students and instructors both in Australia and overseas. He is always on the lookout for students who are serious about enjoying themselves and their Art (but not necessarily about themselves!).
Become the guru
“So to begin with we must understand that Spirit is described as a Kala, as a phase of moon, one phase of moon. But a Guru’s described as the full moon, purnima, Guru Purnima. Guru is the full moon, it’s not just a phase. So from one phase you have to go to the stage where you become a complete Guru. Sixteen phases there are, altogether, and you have to cross the sixteen stages to become the Guru.”
Shri Guru Nanak’s birthday 1982, London, UK
This moment came to me during the first cloud hands in section 3, as we were leading to Repulse monkey. I was in a great flow state today and felt totally at ease in my surroundings.
Whilst in the motion of cloud hands, for a brief instant I had no idea who you were. I remember thinking to myself, “who is this man standing next to me?” You felt like a stranger. This person was doing your movements and wearing your clothes, but it was not you.
As we turned and I faced the group, everyone seemed to grow, and became much larger versions of themselves. They felt like giants! I couldn’t help but smile to myself and I was filled with euphoria. All
I could sense was everyone’s stature. I didn’t even notice what my body was doing.
When we turned again, you became a much younger person. Almost a small child at first, then as a young adult. It was you but not quite you. Not a stranger anymore but a different version.
Even describing this to the group after the dance felt amazing, like my entire being was filled with immense joy.
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2023 08:12:47 +1000
Ric asked us to only judge on our vibrations what he said and taught. As we started to move I felt the vibrations flow.My personal feeling is that Ric has found a way of plugging this form of Tai-Chi back into the main frame – The Paramachaitanya-.
23/8/2017 (CMC dance)
“What did Sifu do, or not do?”
Absolute surrender. He moved as the energy moved him, so seemed to be a reflection of energy waves and pulses. The current flows – how it manifests itself will vary with different physical environments or people, but it just keeps on flowing.
Sifu manifested wait till it happens, without doing.