Tai Chi Y4D242-a

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I figured I owed you all an update.  The lesson went well.  I had  six young men: a few seventh graders, a few sixth graders.  The young women who were signed up bowed out, went off to other activities.  We did Five Golden Coins, and then some push-hands, and then the tai chi form. And that took an hour.  Some students left at that point, and went to study hall (as was their option and right).

Some stayed around, and we did another ten minutes or so of standing postures: san ti, and then wu chi as recommended by Doctor Yang Yang.  We also did some plank work, and ten push-ups. Their form on the push-ups was abominable.  Stuff to work on.

Anyway, it was a good first session. By the end, they were feeling weirded out that I had broken a heavy sweat from the workout, and they were just confused.  I think that this is good — it gets them thinking about what it is that they want their bodies to be able to accomplish.  And I got the genuine workout that I wanted and needed.

Tai Chi Y4D242: First Lesson

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Today I give my first lesson in tai chi.  I’ve had thirteen hundred forty days of continuous practice.  I’ve done the tai chi form close to 1500 times, when you add up all the two-times-today, and eight-times-today that I’ve done.  Crazy to think that all those doubles and singles and multiples in general add up to nearly 250, but they do.  I’ve done each of the qi gong forms at least 500 times each.  I’ve gone from not being able to do a push-up or a squat to being able to do thirty at a time.

Golden Mysteries:I’m not ready.

Today I talked myself through the tai chi form as I did it.  I spoke aloud what I was doing with my left and right arms, my feet, my breathing.  It was difficult, nay, impossible.  Wow, how did my own teachers do this?  So much to keep organized? Which is the most important piece of information to transmit about each movement?  If you only have 30 seconds to transmit each movement, what’s the most important piece of information to transmit?

It doesn’t matter.  I won’t succeed in transmitting the teaching in thirty seconds a move. That’s the reason it’s a 6-week class, forty-five minutes at a time. That’s the reason that the first six-week class is followed by a second, and a third, and a fourth.  I’m going to be doing this for a while.

Today’s tai chi practice consisted of two times through the tai chi form, the two qi gong forms (Five Golden Coins and Eight Pieces of Silk), twenty-five push-ups and twenty-five squats.  Felt like it was enough.   Before all that came druidry, too. I have to stop at the hardware store before I go to school today — time to get a move on.

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