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 🙂
So I was 23 at the time, healthy and climbing mountains.
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 *-)
Today because of Thomas Nowakowski and his Tai Chi SchoolI 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.
It 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.
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