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Blackberry Punch

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Last night I went to Tai Chi and I carried a tiger to the mountain.

It's a bit like grasping a bird's tail, actually. In fact, once you put the tiger down, I think it morphs into a bird and in a vain attempt to rescue the situation, you reach out and grab at the tail as it's flying away.

And to make it more dramatic, it all happens in slow motion.

I am still having fun with the names of the movements. I wish I could perform them as easily as I can list them, but the foot work seems to get me every time. Oh, who am I kidding? I also have trouble with which hand is supposed to be up or down and I only get it right maybe six times out of ten. My "Brush Knee Left" looks more like "Chase Mosquito with Both Hands" by the time I finally get it figured out.

There are lots of ways to play with the names of the moves. And not all of them are intentional.

One of the new moves we learned -- one that shows the origins of Tai Chi are in martial arts -- is called "Deflect Parry Punch". A lady at the back who hadn't heard very well said, "What's that we're doing? Blackberry punch?"

We are getting more people joining the class, and I find it a bit easier to learn that way. There are many examples to imitate when we are doing the moves ourselves without the teacher guiding us. I still wish the room had mirrors.

Last night's tea was a lovely peach concoction. Normally I don't think much of herbal teas (mint or chamomile make me pull faces when I drink them), but something about taking a break in the middle of a long, difficult class and sitting around a table with other people drinking tea is very... civilized.

Somehow I can't imagine doing that in the middle of Step class.
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    I like Tai Chi, although I have only done it a handful of times to a video I have. I love Yoga, and used to be fairly good at it. The video on Spark for Qi Gong very centering. Fifteen minutes of it, and I am so relaxed. I am glad for you that you are getting something totally opposite of what your other workouts are. You da woman. Nobody e lse is da woman because you took the job. Keep up the good work.
    2738 days ago
    Blackberry punch sounds like a good move!
    I completely forgot about Tai Chi last week so I've still not tried it. Hopefully this week my iron tablets will have kicked in, my memory will work and nothing major will come up to stop me finally trying it out.
    2738 days ago
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    I am reading your blog and shaking my head in amazement of your versatile workout regimen. What is it you are NOT doing? LOL

    Again, your achievements are something to aspire to...in about a year!

    2740 days ago
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    Now, if we were out for a walk we could stop half way and admire the view - with a glass of water. emoticon
    2741 days ago
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