Thursday, April 25, 2013

Consider the implications....

Saturday is World Tai Chi Day.  All over the world, at 10:00am tai chi practitioners will be doing tai chi, a whole day of healing energy being sent out to everything and everyone.  I will be participating with my instructors and my senior instructor at the Des Moines gathering held at 7 Flags Fitness, we will be doing a tribute to one of our Master Trainers, Russell Smiley, who passed away recently.  All over the world, Tai Chi and Qi Gong Masters and Instructors doing tai chi...consider the implications.  

My Tai Chi for Arthritis classes have begun, and I am teaching my first class of students.  Scary!  I firmly believe that overpreparation is the best policy, you don't have to teach everything you know, but its good to know lots of information because you always have that one student that will ask one of "those" questions.  You know those questions, the ones that you tell yourself as you prepare for class that "no one will ask that, why am I worried about knowing that"? question.  Luckily for me, no one has asked one of those, yet.

Luckily too, I have a great group of people.  During instructor training none of us believed Master Jim, we knew our first classes were going to be disasters, that we would alienate a whole age group AWAY from tai chi, leaving chaos and unhappiness in our wake.  Wait a minute, that was ME thinking that.  The beauty of this program is when done correctly, it practically teaches itself.  Seeing people learning something new, breaking out of their shell and comfort zones to just have faith and follow the teacher, that is heady stuff.  To see them happy to come to class, and leaving class laughing and happy, I value this teaching experience, and seeing people do good things for themselves and grow in confidence is something that never gets old.

Moving forward, one balanced step at a time.  Wax on, wax off.  Breathe in, breathe out.

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