One reason for saying this, as I am sure everyone will agree, is that the first part seems a little easier, it shows progression and understanding and it was good for me in that I asked more questions on movement and timing. As we continued further into the form reviewing the previous parts, I questioned myself on the details so that when I asked Sigong or one of the leaders some of those many questions, my view became much clearer and helps with my progression that much more.
Sigong said today we should be finding the beginning part much clearer and the new part not as clear but we will go through this again and again which I deem to be the plus side which keeps me focused and steady. I will say again that this is a very complicated form, but the benefits of it are immense. I can write a list of the things that the sword and tassel has brought out in myself , for example I actually feel more confident and strong (sword} and am able to answer questions clearly (tassel). With the sword I stand upright and straight and with the tassel once you have learnt to control it, becomes clear. Although it can change because, Kay asked the question “Would the tassel arrive before the sword?” and the answer was yes, which Sigong demonstrated.
I watched Sigong as he went through the demonstration, he also really enjoys it and is beautiful to watch. The temperament of sword and tassel, slow, fast, darting,circling low high, soft and hard and its continuity, for me a difficult road – to climb the tallest mountain you need guides, the mountain that I am climbing now has the best guide.
Thank you Sigong for guiding us.
by Earl Gottshalk