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We teach tai chi and we have copies of a teaching video (1990) by our teacher Loo-chi Hu.
We’re sending a copy to our dear friend Victoria, (webmaster of this site) who has done some tai chi in the past and wants to take it up again. It’s not an easy practice. Eighty or so moves performed in an intricate, slow moving dance. So I sent her this note, which Amy suggested I post. So here it is.
We came across “Hu-Loo” by chance in New Zealand. We were on the ferry from North Island to South Island and I got a newspaper to see what was going on. There was an article about this great tai chi teacher, a retired fisherman, living and teaching in Christchurch.
We already knew parts one and two of the Yang style tai chi and as luck, chance or fate would have it (synchronicity?) Hu-Loo, as he was affectionately known, taught the same style, and from him we completed our instruction and learned the third and final part of tai chi.
We have studied with several teachers. We were on the road and could only stay a few weeks with our first teacher. We thought we had gotten part one but all we could remember after we left her was the opening move of raising and lowering your arms in front of you. So this is what we practiced for six months, until we met our next teacher.
Doing one move over and over again until you get the feel for it is tai chi. The entire form is wonderful but the whole of it is also contained within one move, like the opening move.
We tell this story to our students so that they are not discouraged by the complexity of the moves. Learning the moves is one thing and getting the feel of it is another.
GETTING THE FEEL OF IT
Everything relaxing and flowing and fitting together in a way that just feels right, is what keeps us going to learn the whole form. But you don’t have to learn the whole form to get the feel of it.
One move will do it.
Hu-Loo died recently so it is up to us to pass on the gift of tai chi as best we can.
If anyone wants a copy of his video tape send us $5 for postage and we’ll send you one.