Student since Oct.2016, Previously study Northern/Southern Shaolin. Completed 83 form Yilu and now practicing 71 form Er lu.
Before I took this class, I only had a very basic idea on Tai chi having learned contemporary Tai Chi forms for few months.
Unlike other Tai chi classes that only teaches forms, in this class, form is only one third of the curriculum. We also practicing Hunyuan Qi gong as well as Silk Reeling practice which is equally (or more) important.
The focus of the class is not to learn many forms, but to be able to master the form with the principle as well as the methods and applying the correct energy.
Learning Tai chi is a lifelong journey, even though laoshi teaches qigong and taichi, it’s still up to us to practice daily to be able to apply the principle into the form. Everybody has their own challenges depends on the individual.
For me especially, coming from external martial arts, it is hard to let go the Kongfu gained from previous practice, and adapt to the new method. However with the guidance from laoshi, I’m practicing to let go to gain more.