Spring I

 

Today was one of those days that makes it seem entirely worth it.

 

This was despite the fact that on waking I felt like an old lady; joints and muscles sore, head heavy, shuffling around at 5.30am trying to make a cup of tea in the half-light. However by 11am and four and a half hours of practice I was incredibly hungry, and very much enjoyed my boiled egg and noodles with peanut sauce before a welcome nap. In the afternoon session my coach decided I needed to work on snake form, and after drilling me twice chose the weakest section and gave strict instructions to practice one particular movement 40 times. It is moments like these that the true power of kung fu, or any similar practice, show themselves. It felt beyond frustrating to have to do the same thing over and over, especially when "i couldn't do it" to begin with, the movement is "too hard", my "body is too stiff" etc.

 

By number 25 I was feeling pretty angry, mostly at myself for continually losing my balance at the same point and having a "stupid body". At 30 I took a long break and tried to keep breathing. By 35 I realised that if I stopped cutting the movement short by thinking about it so much it actually wasn't so hard. At number 40 I did it to a vague sense satisfaction. Then at 41 went for some fresh pineapple on wobbly legs.

 

Practice works, and our minds often hold us back from our true potential. That is what I learned today, or re-learned for what seems like the hundredth time. Luckily there are also kittens to make it worth the hard work.


Rachael

11/05/14

post-training cat therapy
post-training cat therapy

News


Sept 2017

 

Two classes a week running until mid-Oct, private sessions also available

 

20 April 2017

 

Classes on break for the summer starting May 12th

 

11 Jan 2017

 

Chinese New Year Workshop on Sat 4th Feb

 

24 Nov 2016

 

Kidney Workshop on December 11th - all welcome!

 

22 Feb

 

School Open Day on March 20th!!! All welcome...performances, food and stalls

 

9 July

 

Ba Duan Jin Qi Gong this weekend and new Soen Ren Circle open to students

 

24 May

 

Summer workshop and weekend class timetable now up