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Water flowing underground
same as it ever was
Been here less than 8 hours 
24th-Aug-2006 07:51 pm
knitting sketch
and already we've

Covered Part One of the Short Form - that's about a third of it.

Done 2 hours of Chi Kung and Meditation that was so laid back I almost went to sleep - twice!

And OMG, they let us Beginners loose with swords this afternoon, under the trees and took us through Part One of that. No one lost any crucial body parts, and no trees were damaged, but I think I killed my specs. Having said that, I'm finding the Sword Form much easier than the Hand Form - the sequence is much easier to learn as it flows naturally.

Dinner has just finished (the food is wonderful) and the evening session begins at 8. I think I'll leave after the Meditation and get an early night.
24th-Aug-2006 07:07 pm (UTC) - Sword form?
*is insanely jealous*

Have fun!
24th-Aug-2006 09:15 pm (UTC) - Re: Sword form?
I was very surprised. Seems Glyn doesn't share the prejudices of other teachers who believe you can't start sword form until you've done the Long Form for at least two years.

Nice to see you again, btw.
25th-Aug-2006 05:12 pm (UTC) - Re: Sword form?
Hm. I'm mildly jealous. My new place is very nice from a nature perspective but from a cultural perspective it's a black hole and there isn't a tai chi class being offered anywhere within a reasonable drive.

And I have been reading all along; just not commenting :).
24th-Aug-2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
They give you swords? Would they give me one?


Did you do a Professor Fine sporky finger? I would have. I so would.
29th-Aug-2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
Professor Fine Sporky Finger is part of the posture. The left hand makes the dib dib sign with the fingers ('cept it's called 'the charm' in Tai Chi) and acts a bit like a sheild that can both protect and poke, while the right hand slices and dices and stabs and swooshes with the sword.

We're paching for France and head off later tonight but
MWNN took me down to Wembley earlier to buy my birthday present (it always happens in the middle of nowhere on the French waterways) and I have my very own sword to take to the boat. I can do the full gay pirate act now - but without the eye patch.
25th-Aug-2006 02:16 am (UTC)
I'll expect a full report. Every BTVS/ATS writer needs to know more about sword form.

Have a good sleep.
29th-Aug-2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
I didn't manage to do any writing, or even think about it, while I was on the Retreat. There was 7 hours tuition a day, breakfast was at 8.30, and we didn't finish most evenings much before 10pm. A full report will have to wait until I'm back from France.

I'm going to study the fight scene with the Chinese Slayer in FFL again. I thought the Sword Form played a large part in it, but now I'm not so sure.
30th-Aug-2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
Points at icon - that's a classic Tai Chi sword posture.

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