Of Needles and Fans

At this point in the class, we’re past the physically demanding part of the form and moving into the coordinationally (is that even a word?) part of the form.  Our moves:  Needle to the Bottom of the Sea, Fan through the Back.

Returning to both of these, it’s interesting to compare what I can (or can’t) do now with Needlewhen I first took up the practice of Tai Chi.  I wrote about Needle to the Bottom of the Sea that I must have been doing it wrong.  Quite a number of my classmates were expressing sounds of discomfort in the class.  Interestingly, I noticed that they were all guys.  I wasn’t struggling with it.  And if any of the other women in the class were, they weren’t letting on about it.  Perhaps it had something to do with the differences in anatomy between the genders?  Who knows.  I have noticed that now I am doing some of my own sounds of discomfort at this move.  I have lost flexibility in the last decade.  Perhaps this is normal, but it is certainly not welcome.

FanAs for Fan through the Back, nothing has changed.  I couldn’t discern the 7 discreet parts of the move when he first taught it, and I still can’t.  I can do the move, that’s not the issue.  The issue is that as he did it, he could count to 7 because he learned it as 7 parts.  I never could, and still can’t, see what the seven parts are.  I can only see it as a whole move.

I am moving into the home stretch of reviewing these lessons.  There aren’t that many parts of the form left.  When I finish, that will bring this first part of my blogging project to a close, and I will move into the second part, talking about each of the 64 hexagrams of the Chinese I Ching, or Book of Changes.  Stay tuned.

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