I was talking the other day to a fellow WTBA instructor in the UK about B.S. in the Tai chi world. Nasser had been contacted just recently to participate in a Tai chi conference…for his troubles he would be presented with a nice silk Tai chi outfit.
The kicker came when he was told that the silk outfit would increase his Chi (Qi) energies and enhance his Tai chi abilities…politely he declined the offer because he didn’t want to be associated with B.S.
Now I bet you don’t either…
Sadly the same sort of silliness is rampant in Australia. I witnessed this for myself the other day on the Sunshine Coast with a Tai chi instructor waiting for his students in his magnificent purple set of Silk PJ’s. Now we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt…maybe it was a fancy dress party.
It had slipped my mind until I was asked if I was going to be wearing a wonderful set of silk PJ’s when classes begin at Yin Health.
Well it may let you down a little but…No. It an’t going to happen.
It seems the perception is that you need to look as Asian as possible to teach Tai chi. Now this has got me wondering if this ethnicity rule applies to yoga…could be interesting don’t you think.
So No we won’t be wearing Silk PJ’s for the Qi gong and Tai chi classes. Sorry we respect you way too much to force you to play dress ups.
When you come to classes just wear comfortable clothes that gives you freedom of movement. Preferably remove all possible jewellery for you and your training partners safety…yes we do move about a bit. Footwear…thin soled exercise shoe or barefoot if you prefer.
Oh and if you think that only a person with an Asian heritage could teach ‘Real’ Tai chi then our classes may not be right for you…keep looking.
Now that we have all the B.S. out of the way, we have left the silk PJ’s in the bedroom wear they belong we can have an enjoyable and fun Qi gong and Tai chi class.
You want real benefits don’t you…not deceptive showmanship.
Colin Power – Accredited Podiatrist / WTBA instructor
P.S. If you hadn’t guessed I’m Male as well.