Making your individual kind | The Tai Chi Pocket book


If you’ve been training Tai Chi for some time – a number of years perhaps – you’ll get to the stage the place you begin to consider making your individual kind. One thing that places all of the bits you actually like collectively, and is both shorter than what you normally do, or longer, or makes use of much less area, or matches into your backyard higher, or… one thing.

It’s doubtlessly pushed out of a must make your individual mark on the world; maybe a way of ego. You need one thing that’s yours! Or perhaps it’s simply that you’re a artistic particular person and you’ve got a necessity to repeatedly create. Or maybe it’s simply to carry a way of aliveness and play again into your Tai Chi…

What is going to then occur is you’ll begin making a kind, and you then fiddle with it, and fiddle with it and fiddle with it… and years move and also you’re nonetheless fidgeting with it.

In the end, you’ll realise that this course of by no means ends, and that your kind won’t ever be “completed”. Simply while you suppose you’ll obtained it completed, you’ll discover part of it isn’t fairly proper.

At any time when I discussed to my trainer, over time, that I’d made my very own little kind he was normally utterly nonplussed. I imply, he requested to see it, however I may inform it wasn’t setting his world on hearth 🙂

As I used to be pondering on my millionth model of my kind this morning, one other thought occurred to me. An obsession with creating your individual kind might be a sign that you’re getting somewhat too involved with the exterior features of Tai Chi.

Change your focus in Tai Chi again to the ‘inside’ parts – your notion of your physique in area. Decelerate, put your thoughts on what you might be doing, discover your respiratory, really feel the (for need of a greater phrase) vitality contained in the actions, discover the place your weight is in your toes, push up from the bottom, and so on…

Now you’ll discover that it doesn’t actually matter to you what kind you might be doing – it’s all the identical. If you’re centered on the within, your concern for what order actions are available in and what number of occasions you repeat one thing isn’t what issues anymore.

Abruptly, the thought of making your individual sequence of strikes appears a bit, properly, meaningless. As an alternative, you create your individual kind each time you observe, with each motion you do.