I am a person who pursues health, fashion and perfect quality of life. I also know the truth of “life lies in sports”. I am keen on sports. I feel uncomfortable without moving for a few days. I have tried all kinds of sports: yoga, badminton, tennis, rock climbing, mountain climbing, running, cycling At first, I thought it was good to release the passion of youth in running and hitting.
I’ve always had a problem of fighting with my hands. It seems like I’m nervous in front of outsiders. In fact, I don’t. Sometimes I wonder if I have any problems. Fortunately, I have a physical examination every year, and the physical examination report is normal. Some friends also said that maybe it should be Qi blocked. They suggested that I practice some Qigong and Taiji. Maybe that’s why I met Tai Chi. It’s a kind of love that we met later, and it will be the most beautiful encounter in the second half of our lives. “Taiji” here refers to Taijiquan and related sports that ordinary people think. Because these two words seem simple, but their professional interpretation is quite complicated, and they are not able to explain to me at present. It has almost overcome the shortcomings of all the sports I have tried, and it has rich connotations and profound mysteries. All in all, it suits me.
Before I came into contact with Tai Chi, I thought, like most people, that people who practice Tai Chi are either old or ill, slow-moving and conservative. Once contacted, with the deepening of learning, with the broadening of vision, many views are subverted and many views are changed.
Now I know that Taiji is a dynamic sport. Although its external form is slow exercise, its internal spirit is aggressive and enterprising.
Beginners are always eager for success. They think that learning Taiji is nothing more than learning to dance slowly in the air with hands and feet, which is the boxing frame in the book. I am no exception, and I am very serious. Maybe it’s because I often stay up late that my memory drops. I study slowly. Every new routine I learn will be practiced repeatedly. Under the coach’s demonstration, I always imitate and speculate carefully. Up to now, I still can’t remember 74 Style Taijiquan very well. Fortunately, there are very patient coaches and students to help me. Sometimes when I practice, I break the chain. It’s common to be silly and laugh.
After a period of study, I have mastered the framework of some routines, and slowly found that it is one thing to remember actions, another thing to play well and play well, and the practice of basic skills is very important. Now the movement from rigid to soft, from intermittent to coherent, up and down coordination, left and right smooth. My heart is also full of a small sense of achievement, and I have initially tasted the fun of learning Tai Chi. Learn to know, Taiji so happy!
“The best way to exercise the leg strength is to stand on the stump”, which was repeatedly stressed by the coaches. Now I finally understand. Once we understand the truth, we are willing to learn. Originally thought that the boring stand pile was gradually standing out of my feeling, standing out of the fun. When standing on the stake, the body seems to be motionless, but in fact, the blood is circulating rapidly, and the palm and body will gradually heat up.
This is the so-called “there is static in motion, and there is dynamic in static”.
Since learning Tai Chi, I have been fascinated by the elegant Tai Chi suit. I lingered in the online Taiji clothing store and enjoyed various styles, fabrics and forms of Taiji products. I marvel at the richness of Taiji Culture and the greatness of wisdom of our ancestors. I can’t forget the excitement when I put on the Taiji suit for the first time.
The students who study Taijiquan in Yangshuo traditional taijischool are from all over the world. Although they come from different countries, every student is very kind and friendly. Everyone cares about and helps the students who have difficulties. Teachers and students love each other and love each other very much. Love is boundless. It’s like our home.
I personally believe that Taiji is a choice of fashion and a healthy lifestyle.
Mary Pan, May 5th 2020