This weekend I attended a Tai Chi workshop in Detroit, taught by Yuan Wei-Ming and hosted by Carol Yamasaki. What an wonderful experience! Wei-Ming is a very generous teacher and has such a wonderful calm energy about him. It was very interesting to learn his exercises and Mr. Liu’s, and the comments and corrections he gave were very much appreciated. I very much appreciated the logic behind his exercises and the pace and focus that were given while performing them. I think they will be very interesting to work with.
One of the most interesting aspects for me was that although the exercises were new to me, all of the things Wei-Ming talked about were so familiar. I spent a lot of time listening to what we being said and realizing it was either exactly as Ben or Lenzie would say, or was just a different perspective on the same principles. I think getting the different perspective has in some ways already shined a light on understanding more of what I have learned from Lenzie and Ben.
Beyond the wonderful teaching, it was wonderful to meet so many of the east coast family of Tai Chi players in Professor’s school. I feel like I got to know the history of the school more from this trip. It was truly a joy to meet new people and get to reconnect with those whom I haven’t seen in some time.
Overall, it was an excellent weekend. I’m very grateful to Wei-Ming for his teaching as well as Carol for organizing this workshop and her generous and kind spirit. I look forward to visiting Detroit again in the future.