Tai Chi Y3D154: Kick Right

Now we’re into the kicks. There’s a sequence coming up, that goes something like this:

  • Kick right
  • Kick left
  • half-turn/half-spin
  • Heel kick

And I’m not at all sure how to explain the kicks in fourteen lines. Actually, that’s not right. I’m not sure how to explain them at all. Oh, well.  When I began this project, I didn’t really stop to think, “gee, you don’t really know how to write poems about this stuff, do you?” I’m only encountering it here, when I’m reaching the tedious middle work, that I discover that I lack certain skills in language. 

Ok, here goes:

Begin by lifting right leg off the floor:
you can’t kick if your foot is on the ground.
The knee should come up easy, and what’s more,
hands should be crossed, right over left, around
the face. Kick from the knee with the foot’s ball;
remember to keep toes out of the way.
Spread hands — left up, right down — to stop a fall;
it’s easy to maintain balance that way.
When kick is finished, retreat with the knee,
and then put the foot back down on the earth.
This movement teaches balance, as you’ll see:
at first the posture will have little worth, 
your body spread wide in all directions:
in time your core will praise these projections.

Well.  It’s a good thing that I’m going to write another poem, on Kick Left, tomorrow.  Otherwise I’d be up the estuary while lacking the proverbial muscle-powered plane of leverage.  

If you have time to think good thoughts on my behalf, I could use them today. From 9:00am to 11:30 am Eastern time, I’m running a training session on Design Thinking and Design Process for my colleagues on the faculty at school.   This is one of the first all-faculty trainings I’ve run, despite five years on the job. It’s certainly the longest such session I’ve run.  Your good wishes and kind words would be much appreciated.

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