Category Archives: My Tai Chi

25th Anniversary of Tai Chi Union for GB – movie

25th Anniversary of Tai Chi Union for GB – movie

On 3rd and 4th of October we have been to 25th Anniversary of Tai Chi Union for Great Britain
The major even was hold in Horsham with many great teachers and superb organization.
I created this movie to show overall atmosphere and spectrum of celebration:

It is always nice to get positive response and when it’s happening in French it’s even better 🙂
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Managing, co-organizing & developing

Managing, co-organizing & developing

Managing, co-organizing & developing

This September we run 4th International Push Hands meeting in Prague.
As a part of international Tai Chi meetings chain we always try to do our best and make all teachers and students happy.
I enjoy to be a part of organizers team. Sometimes it goes smoothly, sometimes it is challenging and always very satisfying.
As you can see on the group photo Prague is beautifully and all attendances look happy 🙂

push-hands.cz 2015

push-hands.cz 2015

Next year will be 5th one !

Oxford

Oxford

We went this Saturday to watch the Tai Chi competition in Oxford
I took advantage and made this short funny trailer:

I’ve got a few very positive feedbacks which made me very happy lady 😉

Cheers Tai Chi Lovers

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Tai Chi In Oxford April 2015. Thanks Dan – great event 🙂 with: Daniel Docherty Ronnie Robinson Tomasz Thomas Nowakowski Paul Silfverstråle

Posted by Zofia Polak on Saturday, April 11, 2015

Prague

Prague

For the end of summer we organize big event in Prague.

It happened 12-14 September and took a lot of energy to put it right together. I hope all of people and teachers enjoyed being there though.

I am preparing the series of videos from there but I will show you here just one with a overall view.

By the way in few days my stand goes to Stockholm for conference and I will be back with the photos and renderings!

Busy life 😉

1st step – Balancing on one foot

1st step – Balancing on one foot

So I was 23 at the time, healthy and climbing mountains.

Zofia Polak

To my big surprise it happened to be very difficult to keep my balance for a bit longer. And there is a lot o Tai Chi exercises  making you to realize this. It shook my nerves so I asked my teacher what I should do about this.

I am not sure what kind of answer I expected precisely. Probably something around en-lighted touch ‘-) Nothing like that ever happened though *) His advice was simple: “Stay on one leg as often and as long as possible”

It sounds very simplistic though when you try it, suddenly you realize how difficult it is. It upset me. Which is another problem you have to deal when practicing. All of those fillings, emotions and internal judgments… Too many of them actually.

– It is difficult for you.

– So what ?

– Just nothing. You just need to go trough this again and again and you will improve sooner or later.

There is only one answer to improvement and self development. It is Patience. You decide to go and practice and you keep your promise honest to yourself. Whenever you fall the routine and be sure it will happen – just peacefully start again. In some point it will become your second nature as it became mine.

Today balancing on one food doesn’t cause any problem and up to that makes me smile from time to time  *-)

 

My Tai Chi – Part 2 – The very beggining

My Tai Chi – Part 2 – The very beggining

Today because of Thomas Nowakowski and his Tai Chi School I practice every day which is itself priceless tool to combat trough life difficulties, speak more or less fluently 4 languages, co-organize international Push Hands meetings and all of it when being fully employed designer.

The way to achieve such a efficiency though began long time ago.

Cracow 1995It was 1995 when I first time went to see what it is this Tai Chi.

Poland was at the time particular place. Just a few years after we had back our independence from Soviet Union where old ways were falling apart  and NEW was  coming suddenly, changing everything around.

Parts of the country were still in bed shape. Even some places in my favorite and beautiful Cracow looked like from horror movie.

Almost nobody there knew anything about this strange Chinese Tai Chi Stuff.

Thomas was one of the first and crazy enough to dedicate his life for such a creation 😉 If you want to meet him, here is the link to his Facebook page : Thomas Nowakowski

It was even more miraculous as Częstochowa – the town I’m coming from is known in Poland as “Holy City” which means highly Catholic attitude. Though all of those obstacles Ryszard Prokop, one of Thomas instructors has been holding the class there and thanks to him I could study.

So I have started. It went along with my architectural job and studding philosophy at the same time.

At the beginning the most difficult part was to get balance, concentrate and start daily practicing routine.

It takes most of us a lot of effort to break old negative habits.

But if you are dedicated enough it can change your life.

I mean… for better ‘-)

The same as Cracow did: 

Cracow 2014

 

 

 

 

 

to be continued ….

My Tai Chi – 1st post

My Tai Chi – 1st post

This part of me is growing for a long time as I have started to practice almost 20 years ago.

I feel like sharing a bit of it with you. This 20 years with Tai Chi is almost half of my life and I would like to tell you about how much of important influence it has been to me.

Step by step I will try to put the story together. On the very beginning something to make you smile – me taking photos at our 1st push-hands.cz meeting in Prague in 2012

push hands Prague

Photo by Nils Klug of push-hands.de