The White Crane Sword has really tested me this year mentally, physically but also emotionally as there have been times when I never thought I would never ‘get it’ and I have repeatedly compared my ability with others and found myself lacking. However, I am still here learning and progressing which just shows that Chun Yuen forms, especially White Crane Sword, teach you life lessons too. Patience and kindness is something we all can show others but it is just as important to show yourself.
Each new seminar has helped to clarify parts of the form that may have been a little hazy as well as helping with details on the more polished sections. Sigong’s amazing ability to break down the trickier parts astounds me and he always makes it look so easy and incredibly beautiful. The last couple of seminars have introduced some difficult moves to test my coordination with kicks, twists as well as the usual tassel wrangling but the joy I feel when it all seems to come together, and I end up in the correct position and direction, is addictive. I have always believed that when something doesn’t come easily the eventual reward is far greater than you expect. The help received in the breakout rooms is hugely beneficial, as always, but especially with this form.
Thank you Sigong for another year of sharing your vast knowledge of these amazing skills and long may it continue.
by Nicci Pearce