Forms we are learning

Yang Taiji form 8 step - on an uneven rock!

Please note: I make a mistake in this form: in the lunge (“gong bu”), my knee goes over my toes. PLEASE DO NOT EVER DO THIS. I was even praised by Master Kuttel for doing this step correctly and NOT making this frequent mistake, so it was an interesting lesson for me to look at the video. I think I was trying to overcompensate for something … be it stress of recording myself or the un-evenness of the rock!

Yun Shou - Moving Hands like Clouds, or Cloud Hands

Many of you have asked for a break-down of this step, so here it is. I hope it is helpful! The first video is longer and goes into detail very much step by step. The second one should help you with form 8 Step.

My practice helped me...

So here is a little story from me to kick this thread off.

My practice helped me AVOID COFFEE.

As many of you know, I recently travelled with my son Yavor to Moscow where he competed in the European Kung Fu Championships. As amazing as this experience was, sitting in a Hot and Stuffy hall for hours on end certainly takes a toll, and most parents found themselves engaging in frequent coffee shop trips.

As I joint them, I found myself passing through a beautiful sunny garden… and decided to stop just for a bit to do taiji. I have to say it is not always easy to break the inertia and not easy to break out of a crowd that does something different! Yet as soon as I got into the practice, my body screamed „yes” and I continued for a long time. The movement and the deep breaths of fresh air was exactly what I needed at the moment to get my circulation moving, clear my head and increase my energy! Next time I felt whoozy after a day of stitting in a stuffy room, I invited a Chinese friend over and we headed straight for the park to do the Ba Duan Jin / Eight Brocades!

(This does not mean, by the way, that I never ever drink coffee any more. I do like it and currently have no reason, according to Chinese Medicine, to give up the occassional cup. But I am a little bit more aware of what it is my body really needs, and have more tools to achieve it other than drinkable caffeine :) )