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Returning to learn Tai Chi at Yangshuo Tai Chi School

Learning Tai Chi Yangshuo China Autumn 2013Well with a weeks holiday for the National Day celebrations I booked a flight to Yangshuo for a return visit to learn tai chi at Yangshuo Tai Chi and Kung Fu School.

This summer gone I gave up the chance to study tai chi at the school in favour of spending 6 weeks learning Chinese which was a good decision. None the less I did miss the school and felt very conflicted all the while I was in Yangshuo. So a week at the school seemed like a good idea to take some time to further learn tai chi at the school and it was. Unfortunately Master Fu was away in Zhejiang teaching a master class. Never mind though cause the wonderful Fu Weizuo was there and he is such a great teacher with a natural passion. I also had my first class with Moyu as instructor which shows how his confidence and skills are growing as well.

Training is always hard when you haven’t been at the school for a long time as it takes a while to build your fitness and a week is never long enough to do this. Consequently by Wednesday I was sore all over and took the afternoon off to have a rest and a very painful massage. I think every muscle ached and I whimpered like a baby under the masseurs hands. Still no pain no gain is what they say.

By Thursday of course I was starting to feel the benefit of daily practice and began to get the feeling back again. Even felt as though, at moments my movements were connected. Silly fantasy I know and my instructor was quick to point out that while I looked relaxed and fluid my movements looked all disconnected. So much for progress. The more you practice the harder it gets to improve, especially as you move on from the beginner level (I feel after 5 years I am entitled to hold my head up and claim to be a little more than a beginner… well only a little more).

I left the school on the Saturday, as usual, wanting more and feeling very motivated. Now all I have to do is translate that into my life at home and get some practice done!

For the full set of photos have a look at my photoblog for the week HERE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/royhanney/sets/72157636347101744/

All the photos can be downloaded hi-res (only taken on an iphone).

Roy Hanney - Learn about Qigong in ChinaRoy Hanney – is a university lecturer living and working in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. He practices taiji, qigong and yoga with a particular passion for Chen Style Taijiquan. In his spare time he makes films, authors websites and makes video art. He blogs about his encounters with Qigong and Daoist healing arts at his website: http://www.qigonginchina.com

Yangshuo Tai Chi & Kungfu School 2013 Photoblog

Yangshuo Tai Chi & Kungfu School 2013 Photoblog

I thought I would share some personal experiences of the few weeks I spent training this winter. As usual the winter is a quiet time in school so you get excellent instruction of a very personal nature. I spent most of my time training-one-on one with Wangjian for five weeks with him giving me very detailed corrections on the Yilu Laojia. There was a masterclass for a couple of weeks and I was able to take part in that as well and train push hands (tuishou) which was fun.
Here you can see a few memories in the form of photoblog. Maybe some of the people you might recognize as each year the number of students is increasing. I owe many thanks to everyone who was at school and that made ​​the time I’ve spent (and will spend in the future) in school so worthwhile.

Yangshuo Tai Chi & Kungfu School 2013, a set on Flickr.

Roy Hanney - Learn about Qigong in ChinaRoy Hanney – is a university lecturer living and working in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. He practices taiji, qigong and yoga with a particular passion for Chen Style Taijiquan. In his spare time he makes films, authors websites and makes video art. He blogs about his encounters with Qigong and Daoist healing arts at his website: http://www.qigonginchina.com

Time off from studying Tai Chi at our school in China

Last Saturday, after a tough week studying Tai Ch, the coaches at the Yangshuo Tai Chi and Kung Fu School treated us to a barbeque on the banks of the beautiful Li Jiang River. The Li Jiang River is one of two rivers that run through Yangshuo, the other river being the Yulong. It’s the one of the big rivers in China and there is a nice beach formed in a bend of the river not far from the school, known locally as the ‘Secret Beach’.

Study and learn at our Tai Chi school in China - BBQ group shotAs our barbeque site is within easy walking distance, we loaded our bicycles and scooters with enough food and refreshments to feed the bellies and quench the thirsts of a hundred weary camels and set off for the day. We were joined by a few of the Chinese girls who work in the hotels in Shibanqiao who were all delighted to have an opportunity to practice their English and their swimming. Lately we had been experiencing our fair share of rain but today was a welcoming 28 degrees celsius. Consequently the beach was pretty busy but never the less we found a nice shady spot under the over hang of some trees.

Once we had claimed our picnic spot everyone went about collecting firewood while Fred, the school manager dug a fire pit. Others inflated the many floatation tubes and boats that were brought along for our enjoyment. While our instructors proceeded to cook us the most delicious chicken and fish over the hot coals, many of us went for a swim in the river or sat around and enjoyed the sun. One of the students brought a guitar along and a few songs were sun until the food was ready.

Study and learn at our Tai Chi school in China - BBQ eatingFred, prepared sticky rice for us which was cooked in a bamboo tube and placed on the heated coals. While all this was taking place we were having a great time swimming and playing games in the river with the picturesque karst mountains forming a breathtaking backdrop. They also roasted bananas wrapped in foil with slices of chocolate inside for desert.

After the sun had set it was eventually time to tidy our picnic area and head back to the school. With tired bodies we made our way back to the Tai Chi school. The day was enjoyed by all the students and instructors alike and we hope to be able to repeat this on a regular basis. Now we can look forward to another full week of studying Tai Chi in one of the most serene places in China.

Study and learn at our Tai Chi school in China - BBQ at Sunset

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Cameron Mc Dowall
taichicam@yahoo.com

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