Tag: tai chi

Spear-it I’ve heard that there’s a first time for everything. Well, add another one of those items to my list, please. Saturday, after the Peaceful Dragon Chinese New Year’s festival, I came home, removed the card from the camera (Nikon V1), started Lightroom, placed SD card into the reader, and took a quick bathroom break. When I came back, I was surprised to see that all the files had loaded. I thought: Wow! That was quick. The files must have…

Left to right: Me, Adam (holding one of his 5 medals that he won!), Shilpa. Today was the annual Team Tournament at the school. Last year, I had just started at the school some 2 weeks before. I attended the tournament, but didn’t participate, save for doing the photography. This year, with a year under my belt, I participated. The day is meant to be a fun day and to give those of us who have never participated in a…

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~Confucius I think that I wanted to write something profound here, but the profundity just want come. So, I’ll just share my thoughts about my Tai Chi practice over the past year. Of course, when I walked into The Peaceful Dragon on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, I had never taken a Tai Chi class in my life. I had no idea what to expect, therefore, no expectations. My first…

Today is semi-annual testing at The Peaceful Dragon. I will be testing for Intermediate Block “B”. Basically, I’m moving from beginner to novice. Very fitting. Our Grandmaster, Ma Foren, has been learning the martial arts for 60+ years and he is still a gung-ho student. I subscribe to his newsletter. Today, appropriately so, we received an e-mail entitled: Time. It starts: In real Kung Fu ranking it is all about, TIME. If you were to go to China and someone…

One of the challenges of taking portraits of people is that they seem to automatically freeze up when a camera is pointed at them. I do the same thing. Some smile reflexively, as that is what they were taught by parents and every other camera toting person that they’ve met. Say cheese! This is usually followed by a big, fake grin. Why must people always smile in photos? Anyway, the portrait to the right is an unguarded moment of the…

Left to right: Adam, Jenny, Paul After your Tai Chi class on Thursday, Jenny, the lady in the middle, asked Adam and I to pose for a photo with her, each showing us in our stylish black shirts, as we are all part of the Mastery program now. We have given up our white shirts in favor of the black ones. Though, in looking back, I wonder what I was thinking. Perhaps I should have kept that nice, cool, white…

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