Reflections on Taiji Quan
by Sandi Tang
I have been practising Taiji quan for 9 years. I started at the age of 6, as I
had inherited asthma. I had not been really interested and patient, when I
studied, but as years passed, I began to be more engrossed and inquisitive
about Taiji and tried to put in more into my practice to improve it. Now my asthma has been cured with the help of my dearest Godfather, Master
Chong. I really want to express my gratitude to him for all the hard work and effort that he has contributed
during all these years.
I have learnt a lot through these 9 years, however, I regret to admit that I didnít really put in my best
and did not work hard enough. Since last year, I have started to endeavor and go an extra mile to
practise harder than ever before. All the intensive practice has made my body feel so physically powerful
that I can put in more effort and attention to advance in my learning.
Master Chong is a very patient teacher. If you are willing to learn and contribute your time, he will be very pleased to teach you as excellent as he can.
Tai Ji Quan helps to improve blood circulation and makes your body stronger and steady.
These are some of the points that I can spot out. Although some other sports can
bring one up to this standard, but Tai Ji takes a harder and different way. It needs more patience,
concentration and perseverance. Without them, you canít possibly learn as great as expected. Besides, there
are many other bits and pieces to learn rather than only Tai Ji Quan; especially your body must be flexible in a way that you can
practise well from there. You can get flexibility from the warm-up exercises and by stretching at home, too. Thatís what I always do when I've got the time, by doing some stretching to flex myself.
Pick up Tai Ji as one of your hobbies. You can feel the difference once you try it. It might be tough for the first few months, but after a while, you will feel that all the effort and patience you have put in is worthwhile.
Sandy Tang, 15 years old
Singapore, 26 July 2005