Tai Chi Community

It seems to me that one of the things I love most about tai chi is the energy and generosity of tai chi people when we get together in groups to spend time learning or simply “playing” tai chi.

So when Master Trainer Susan Scheuer sent an invitation to all “tai chi players” to come on Saturday, December 18, 2010 for any of her one hour classes in either Tai Chi for Arthritis, the Sun Style 73 Forms or the Yang 24 forms for the low price of $5/ class hour, it appeared Christmas had come a week early.

Local Tai Chi instructors caught this Christmas spirit, and generously decided to offer to pay the tuition to these Master classes for any of their students wishing to attend.  The response was overwhelming, and the only real challenge was to make sure there was enough space for everyone interested in participating.  In addition to local area students who came to this day long tai chi feast, Indian Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor Satishkumar Panicker, who was in Florida continuing his training with Susan, had the opportunity to work on several different forms while experiencing the friendliness of our Florida West Coast tai chi community.  After an exciting morning working on TCA and Sun Style 73 forms, many of the participants stayed to share a brown bag lunch reconnecting with old friends and also making some new ones.

Soon it was time to complete the day’s events though the afternoon Yang 24 class went by too quickly, and by mid-afternoon, we had finished the class work.  Many chose to linger a while longer, enjoying the social hour and a chance to spend some time with Susan.  More than one participant expressed the hope that Susan would continue to periodically offer these kinds of workshops throughout the year, perhaps focusing on a single form for a half or full day, as the one hour class format barely seemed long enough.

As the day came to a close, and Susan, Margaret Boehm, and I were cleaning up after class, it came to me that this is what tai chi community means to me: wonderful people, generous instructors, sharing the energy and pleasure of tai chi together.

Categories Events, Tai Chi | Tags: | Posted on January 27, 2011

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