I have to confess that I would LOVE to learn Qi Gong in China, or Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan). And a lot of people actually ask me if I’ve been there. Well, I’ve been to China, but that was BEFORE I started practicing these arts.
Right now, I cannot travel extensively for Taijiquan and Qi Gong. But I am definitely thinking about it and want to do it in the future. And though it may seem obvious to wanting to travel to China, I think there are other interesting places to go. Like learning from Qi Gong masters in New York or Tai Chi masters in San Francisco would be awesome!
Whenever I mention that Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is a martial art, people ask me: can you use Tai Chi for self defense?
Well, my usual answer to this is this:
This week I read about an interesting challenge. It’s called the #taijimelody challenge. Yes, it involves a hashtag and happens on social media! And as my last post was about using technology to promote Taijiquan and Qi Gong, I got really excited. So I reached out to one of the initiators, Estevam Ribiero.
Estevam Ribeiro lives in Brazil and he started teaching Taijiquan in 1979. He is a disciple of Chen Xiao Wang. And he is also an amazing artist, painting wonderful pieces!
In just one sentence: what is the #taijimelody challenge?
It’s this time of the year again: SPRING! And I want to practice outside. I have to admit that I am not really good at it. Because – mosquitos. I don’t like them, however they looove me. Grr. But in spring, when there are not that many yet, it’s the best time for me to do Tai Chi in the park.
I remember the time when I did not know how to do Tai Chi at home. Standing in the middle of my living room, alone, just me and my body and the memory from the last Tai Chi class.
I tried to concentrate on the position, where to put my legs, how to wave my hands, and all the time I was thinking: am I doing this right? What if I do something wrong?