This was the first seminar to teach Hard Qigong (HQ) after Covid hit the world. HQ is a very special skill and so it has been sorely missed by many students of the Tse Centre.
I have been looking forward to the next seminar of 9 Colour Rotating Qi Ball as the stepping and the energy behind the movements were quite tricky so it is very useful to see and understand again.
Today’s Chen Spear seminar was the perfect balance between lecture and form.
It is a Sunday morning treat for the brain and body!
I have never been known as a morning person but on a White Crane Sword Sunday I always manage to be up, maybe not firing on all cylinders immediately, and ready for another wonderful seminar. This form continues to challenge and thrill in equal measures and the joy felt when working with the sword and tassel is something worth cherishing.
Once again instructors from around the world gathered to be recertified in the ancient art of Qigong. Cameras and computers prepped for action. For some it was the middle of the night, for others well into the day. Sun or rain, day or night, Northern or Southern Hemisphere – everyone was ready to join Grandmaster Tse online for this year’s course at 10:00 Greenwich Mean Time.
When we practise Qigong, we work for good health in both body and mind. It is said that spirit and life must be trained together i.e., Xing Ming Shuang Xiu.
This is a form that is great for everyone, it is not as physically demanding as Green Dragon or White Crane with the long tassel and contains movements and postures not in Wudang sword.
A poem by Chen Chang Xing to help students understand the principles of Taiji Quan was translated into English by sifu.The poem explained how we should approach our thinking of the theory of Taiji Quan.First impressions it is simple but the more you read and practice the more questions you should have,Taiji Quan should start and finish with the same energy but like the water in a river it will change depending on the circumstances.
Seeing sifu’s demonstrations and going over the previous movements of the spear form helped to clear up and clarify any questions we had.The new movements today tested our co-ordination in walking backwards while spinning the spear.Plus the one handed zha tested our wrist strength.
Thank you sifu for giving us clear demonstrations and explanations of the movements and answering our numerous questions.
by Ann Sim
Another thoroughly enjoyable morning today working on the White Crane Sword.
It’s amazing how quick these seminars go by, and everyone was excited for the culmination of the Wing Chun 10 star footwork seminar. We all started with a warm up and then a 30 minute Siu Lim Tao which then readies you for the rest of the seminar ahead.