It’s been two weeks since I’ve signed up for t’ai chi lessons with my friend. Been wanting to learn this for years! Finally!
T’ai chi is fantastic, especially when you’re learning the real stuff from a proper association rather than at the community centres. There’s a lot of fake t’ai chi instructors around who simply teach you how to move exteriorly without really teaching you about the interior movements and its theory.
What’s really cool about this association that we are learning at is that they teach all kinds of t’ai chi moves! They even have a class where the elderly learn how to fight using their walking sticks. It’s soooo awesome!!! My friend and I were quite surprised when we saw them practising! Next time, be very afraid of old people with walking sticks. For all you know, they may have learnt how to beat the crap out of you with their t’ai chi walking stick technique. So… Beware of old people with walking sticks!
Anyway, the instructor asked us to get shoes with very slim soles so that we can feel our feet touching the ground. A couple of years ago, I signed up for a t’ai chi class but didn’t continue with that because it was simply too costly. Those guys recommended wearing the shoes which Buddhist/Taoist monks wear because the sole is so slim that it feels like wearing socks.
Since I was in Chinatown today, I decided to go in search for those shoes. Tried several shops, but to no avail. In the end, I walked into the nearest Buddhist temple and got it for $4! It’s the most obvious place to get Buddhist/Taoist monk shoes afterall!
Just look at how slim those shoes are! It feels so good wearing it. I’m sure t’ai chi training will be most awesome. Can’t wait to use them for the next lesson.