Just got back from meeting Kong Cheng. We trained for an hour, and then he had to leave, after which I did some more work on tang ni bu, finishing up with some zhan zhuang.
My baguazhang has gone. There’s no other way to put it. It’s over a year since I did any training, and from today’s experience, I was probably doing a lot wrong anyway. All of my physical misalignments reappeared… it was awful! I couldn’t even do tang ni bu properly any more! Aaagh!
Still… a lot should come back, with practice. Plus, for the first time ever, I now have a bagua teacher who speaks English. That’s going to make a huge difference. I’m looking forward to this….
What’s also extremely important: it turns out that, with the new subway line, Zhong Shan Park is very easy to get to from my apartment. I’d never been there before, and it turns out that it’s really quiet and peaceful. It was fantastic to be standing in zhan zhuang, with very little noise to disturb me, facing the early morning sun as its rays lit up the yellow tiles on the roof of the Gate of Celestial Harmony… WOW! It was one of those “I can’t believe this is really happening” moments…
Finally, I’ve found somewhere to train without crowds of gawpers! I hope to go there a lot in the new year.
It was cold, though… Very, very cold….