I went to Tai Chi class despite my throbbing shoulder. I knew I would not be able to participate in the entire class or push hand practice. The format of the class is form, exercises, instruction/explanation and push hands. I went because I could still benefit from hearing the instruction and observing the push hand practice.
I listened to my body and only practiced the form. My shoulder creaks and cracks at a specific range of motion...reaching out hand above shoulder or big clearing motion with the bo. I ran through kama last night and left the protective covers over the blades...just in case. I am giving my shoulder another week before I make an appointment to see an orthopedic doctor. I still don't know how I injured my shoulder.
During Tai Chi class, the senior student made a lighthearted comment about fees to instructor. The class is held at a health club and is offered to all members. Students have come and gone but three remain. Some classes (yoga) at the gym require an extra fee to attend. Tai Chi is a weekly class with no additional fees. I walked out to the parking lot with the senior student and asked if he would expand on his comment. He mentioned that our Tai Chi instructor does not get paid to teach the class nor is he even a member of the club. The senior student summarized that our Tai Chi instructor:
Teaches because he wants to.
Teaches to share what he learned.
Teaches to continue the tradition.
This is the same lesson I learned from my Okinawa Kenpo instructor. My husband and I have the same philosophy in our dojo. It is the same reason that I teach.
I am lucky and grateful for all my instructors and training partners.