As you know, I like to blog. About Taijiquan (aka Tai Chi Chuan). Those are both my passions. But what exactly does it mean to be passionate?
When I think about passion, I imagine something like this (fast-forward to 0:30):
I mean everyone gets that Flamenco is passion, right? And then I look at Taijiquan:
And I wonder: where’s the passion in Taijiquan?
Obviously it takes a lot of persistence, discipline, and good teachers to reach a high level in both flamenco and Taijiquan. And I really like flamenco and respect the art. But it’s quite easy with dramatic music, tight pants and that fierce look in the eyes to impress and to show the passion!
But with Taijiquan? I mean, look at all those old folks moving slowly in the park wearing (silken) pajamas. Impressive? Passionate? Not quite so.
I think there is another word beginning with P-A that describes Taijiquan much better:
The passion for Taijiquan shows in the patience.
And that’s just much harder to see from the outside. When you look at a Taijiquan master, you don’t see all those long hours fiddling with just the right way to Grasp a Bird’s Tail. You just see those calm relaxed movements. You see the result of years of patience.
So what if you are intrigued with Taijiquan and you are not sure if you have that patience?
The good news is: you don’t need to be patient to start practicing. Taijiquan will teach you to be patient.
You just need a little spark, that little nagging feeling that Taijiquan might be something for you. Follow that spark.
I followed that spark. After 12 years at the ballet I could have easily got into flamenco. But there was something about that slow moving Chinese martial art that I wanted to feel myself. And soon I was all in.
I am definitely no way near being a master. I still fiddle a lot with all the different moves. And some people ask me: can it really be fun to move and evolve so slowly?
Hell yes, I have a lot of fun on my way. Not fun as in “bungee-jumping-in-Las-Vegas-fun”, but my own definition of fun. Moving slowly is fun. Learning patience is fun (sometimes). Discovering the benefits of Taijiquan is full of joy.
So I really recommend: if you feel just the tiniest interest for Taijiquan, go for it! Try it!
If you happen to live in Germany, here you can find my recommended teachers for Taijiquan & Qi Gong in München!