tai chi what ?Posted: August 29, 2012
I was once a martial arts instructor of Shaolin Kung Fu. I am in the picture with Sifu Mohr’s senior instructors somewhere ( the red/black were our demonstration uniforms, the black/white our regular workout attire).
Sifu Mohr, brilliant martial artist that he was, taught us many many things ( it took at least 9 years to progress from white to green to brown to black sash ). I never had my own school but often taught new students or filled in for other instructors in their schools including teaching tai chi. We practiced a modified Yang style that was both graceful and smooth, soothing the heart and soul.
Often I would leave at lunch on nice summer days where I worked in the affluent suburb of Beachwood Ohio, and go to practice tai chi in a small park nearby. One day as I gently transitioned through the first set a lady pulled over and rolled down her window to speak to me. “Wow” I thought, “My first student, wonder if she wants private lessons.”
I stood tall and confidently sauntered to her window where she anxiously blurted, “Are you all right, do you need help”.
The moral: don’t be too quick to pat yourself on the back. The world just might have another impression.