How does the age of exercise influence tai chi?
Any age counts, each at its own pace and with its own possibilities. There’s even children’s taichi.
How did you start with the tai chi?
(Smiles). By chance. I found an ad on a streetlight and I got curious. I started the training in small groups, and we had to pass exams. So, 8 years later I was able to make a substitution, also by chance, and now I’ve been a teacher for 14 years.
At first I had a hard time, because I had never considered becoming a teacher. I’m very shy and suddenly I was in charge of a group. I’ve learned a lot by teaching. Now I love teaching this art of ancient masters.
“By practicing tai chi you get a lot of energy and avoid physical and mental fatigue. You also learn to breathe consciously. The mind relaxes and concentrates, it becomes a lucid mind. You think more clearly and calmly, and you stop seeing your own bad problems and focus on their solution.”
So there were no female teachers?
In the old days only men did that. There were few teachers and very few pupils, not just anyone could learn. The teacher would teach you in the courtyard of his house. Thanks to Bruce Lee, this mentality was opened up to the West.
Bruce actually did kung fu and knew a lot of techniques. He had learned from many masters. Then, he put it all together and created his own technique.
Recommend us a book or videos to practice.
(Pensive). Well, look, just a student recommended me the videos of Luis Duarte, because he explains tai chi step by step in Spanish. It’s very good. As for the books, in all the libraries there are books of tai chi. Some tell a lot about history, others about movements. Try to see what you like best.
Eskerrikasko Marina :)