Poagao's Journal

Absolutely Not Your Monkey

Jul 31 2008

7/30 at the park

I was late to practice due to unexpected complications at the dentist last night. Guo, Weeble, Little Mountain Pig and Teacher X were all there. I chatted with Teacher X a bit; he corrected me on my impression that the old student from last week had gotten out of dentistry; it turns out I got that wrong.

Teacher X told me about the 8 Points and left/right-right/left, which I found pretty useful. LM Pig practiced with me for while. He said it took him a long time before he could put his palms together behind his back. I can do this already, for some reason. He reminded me that we can incorporate tai-chi in everyday life. “Little Qin used to ask Master Yu why he was never seen practicing the forms,” he told me, though this was well before Pig’s time. “Master Yu said he was practicing all the way there, just by walking.”

As I was talking with Teacher X I realized that it is inevitably going to run into some problems; mainly, I can’t be sure what I should and should not communicate on here concerning what I’m learning, for similar reasons that I was discussing with Pig on Saturday. I’ve gotten some clues that it might be the best idea to relate everything we talk about on here. In fact, I started this account almost two years ago as more of an open notebook for recording my progress and stuff I’d learned, so not writing about everything feels a little strange. The only other option, really, would be to make this a private journal. I don’t know if I would have as much of an impetus to write in it in that case, even though I realize that hardly anyone reads it now.

I’ll have to think about this.

posted by Poagao at 5:38 am  


  1. Your blog is really interesting because you are not talking about techniques, but about your feelings about playing taijiquan.
    You are not betraying any teaching by giving away part of it, on the contrary, you are oushing people to learn more and to find a good teacher to do so.
    Please continue 🙂

    Comment by Cyril — August 1, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

  2. Wow, someone actually reads this? Thanks, Cyril. I’m still considering what I’m going to do with this account.

    Comment by Poagao — August 1, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

  3. I’m reading this blog too, since like 6 months, and still am 😉
    I find it interesting for the same reason than Cyril, and i totally agree on what he says.
    I just hope u’ll be able to keep having a regulary practice if your life sets for it.

    Comment by steven — August 2, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  4. […] 7, 2008 by Cyril In this superb blog there is a sentence about a master praticing the form while walking. I have read that several time […]

    Pingback by Praticing Taiji in every part of your life « Taiji Notebook — August 6, 2008 @ 10:04 pm

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