The following are John Graysar’s reflections on the Taiwan trip.
I am so glad that I was able to be part of the group T’ai Chi team. It really was a very group oriented project, from beginning to end. I started to feel a more group challenge than an individual one right from the start. I would like to do my best to convey that feeling in my recap of the competition.
Back in June, after we established some of the basic things – position, timing, etc., the next big hurdle was getting 5 people together so we could do a group practice (just like what we would do in the competition). Well, here goes the first thread of my individual thinking, and I was not quite right in my assuming it would be easy. More times than not we would get together in an incomplete set. So, we would do the best in the circumstances and practice one or two or three people short.
Another item we had to address was establishing how we were going to do different moves and practicing these together, gently critiquing ourselves Continue reading →
The following comments are Joe Sebastian’s reflections on the Taiwan trip.
Our trip to Taiwan was very enjoyable as well as enlightening. Taiwan is a surprisingly contemporary country with modern cities and lush green countryside. When we first arrived we were greeted by friendly people and an abundance of wonderful bakeries and enough coffee shops to make me feel quite comfortable. Motor Scooters seemed to be a major mode of transportation. They were everywhere, weaving in and out of cars on the roads and people on the sidewalks.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was practicing with our team in the mornings before the tournament. We met at a local park at 6AM each morning, and also again in the afternoon on the Hotels Ping Pong or Squash Court. It was nice to meet the other teams from around the world as they arrived at the hotel. It was interesting to watch the other teams as they practiced on their own and competed in the tournament. Each school’s forms are slightly different. Continue reading →
Below are Martin Johnson’s comments and pictures about the final full day in Taiwan.
After two full days of martial arts competition and demonstrations, the Cheng Ming family made a pilgrimage to Great Grandmaster’s grave to pay our respects. Wang Shu-Jin is the man to whom we owe the teachings that have drawn us all to the practice of the Cheng Ming system of internal martial arts, and it was time to give our thanks.
We all boarded a bus and started the one-hour journey to the city of Caotung. Downtown Taichung turned into more suburban scenery, where every square meter of unoccupied land seem to be under cultivation. Banana trees, rice paddies, plots of taro were tucked in between the buildings and more developed plots of land. Finally, our bus turned off the main road to climb the hill where the Grand Master reposes. Continue reading →
Take advantage of this special chance to go more deeply into the warm-up and Ch’i Kung exercises!
Gentle stretching and warm-ups before practicing T’ai Chi help prevent unnecessary injuries. Hiromi will explain each movement, focusing on specific areas of the body, and show applications for the warm-ups. You will have fun, feel energized and relaxed.
The Ch’i Kung meditation will help ground us. Participants will learn standing and walking meditations. For those with physical limitations, both activities can be done in a chair. Both beginner and intermediate students are welcome!