Saturday, 23 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
You know what's great? When you take a walk in the neighborhood and suddenly around the corner you see ladies practicing the Tai Chi fan. A little bit further you find toddlers learning Kung Fu. Before you get used to the scene, you noticed the mothers and the grandmothers on the side are doing it too. (click on the image to see a larger file)
Monday, 11 May 2009
Thursday, 7 May 2009
After some unlucky events since the start of 2009, I finally got myself a trip to Beijing. The trip includes visiting a soulmate, the writing of an essay, and training with some Kung Fu teachers in the park. Thought I was expecting to train for the coming 2 and half weeks, I realise that training with the teachers will start from monday. I was a little disappointed, but sometimes it is good to take a step back and see what you have, not what you don't have. So at first I was reluctant to include the first week of my stay here in China in the blog. What do I write about? Then it occures to me that Kung Fu is every where. It is incorporated in the daily life of a Chinese. It is in their cooking, the calligraphy, their respect for the young and the elderly, their negotiating in business, the creative mind for a better life. There is so much for me to see and to learn. So for the following few days, I will try to experience their way of life. I am sure it will lead to more understanding to Kung Fu.
Meanwhile, I have one question in my mind for quite some time: "where is the power?" "what are the exercise needed for cummulating chi and develop it into practical strength? On my arrival, I wrote a full page on my thoughts, my doubts and my discovery. However, the draft was raw and emotional, so I will not publish this. Instead I have put the text away and now, after a few days, things have become more clear and thoughts are much more rational. This is a good time for training.
I will explain my question on power later...
(photo: sunrise before Beijing, copyright: the author)