Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tai Chi Long Form Just Got Shorter

Well...not really.

But....it feeeeeeeeeels shorter.

I have been waiting for the day that the 108 move form did not seem like an impossible task. I knew that eventually the form would seem shorter to me. That is how it has always been when I am learning a new pattern. When the students are learning a new Okinawa Kenpo form I ask "Does it feel shorter?". Pieces of the form seem familiar and patterns are emerging. The patterns were always there...I just did not see them.

Progress!

Since I wrote about my decision to continue Tai Chi, I took a deep breath and relaxed a bit. I am looking forward to discovering where this path will lead me.

5 comments:

Rick said...

I don't think of Tai Chi as something to accomplish, but rather something I practice.

Dojo Rat said...

Good job!
In time, it will make ALL your martial arts better!
D.R.

Michele said...

Rick: Your comments always make me stop and think. I appreciate your perspective. Thanks.

Dojo Rat: Thanks!

Perpetual Beginner said...

I know that feeling. Invariably, the first time I run a form all the way through from memory, I hit the end, stop, and say "Did I forget something? That was too short." Or at least think it loudly. What seemed impossibly long when I started learning it has become a short pattern of knowledge.

Michele said...

PB: Thanks for stopping by! It is a wonderful feeling when the perceived impossibly long pattern becomes possible.