Wednesday 7th December Taiji Fan Laojia Yilu for warm-up, then practicing the familiar moves, spending a bit more time at the end and a new move. One that I saw on YouTube years ago and totally loved it! That Taiji video has become my favourite one and definitely was a reason why I asked at my current school, when I went to my first class, if I could learn a fan form there The video was a different style, though, but this move was very similar. The teacher didn't explain and make it as "dance-like", more focused as self- defence, so it did not flow the same way, but regardless, I will totally be enjoying this one I just have a bit of trouble with the timing of one step there, but I should figure that out soon, hopefully. I almost got pardoned from being at the front for our final try of the whole form, but the ladies would demand someone for reference, so the teacher placed three of us, who remembered into strategic corners Taiji - 25 moves Silk reeling with the second teacher, then we split into groups, I started with the advanced one until the head teacher came. We worked on the third part o the form - 15th-25th move. I got a correction, too, which was great. We were left to practice first two, then the next one move over and over after the teacher gave us correction. I was tasked with this, so I did practice over and over. I saw people here and there skipping a repetition, but whatever, I was doing my job. At the end the teacher led us through the few final moves faster, smoothly. Ah, I love to practice the form like this, so I totally enjoyed. We did it a few times under my lead then just before the class ended. I did my best to try and keep the same pace as the teacher, but since I am not particularly used to practicing like this, I was probably speeding up and slowing down at random places. I will have to do more practice of this at home, it really is fun Taiji - around 35 moves I led the silk reeling here, then did the fist 25 moves with the more advanced group and then all 35 or so, as instructed. We worked on a few moves, including High Patting on Horse htat has been giving me trouble lately, so I took the opportunity to ask about how the weight shifts there. We worked on that a bit, which was awesome. Then we practiced Cloud Hands and the kicks and the final two moves. Taiji - beginners My friend couldn'T make it today, but I had already decided to keep coming here anyway. We worked on wuji stance and silk reeling. Got a talking break in the middle for at least 10 mins - talking meaning the teacher talked theory and answered any questions. I was called up when he talked about push hands practice, to show with me. I haven't had many chances to practice lately, though, so I was a bit nervous. I didn't do all that well, but it was just to quickly demonstrate within a few seconds, so I guess it showed the point. After the break I felt refreshed and widened my stance for the silk reeling next. My legs didn't hurt that much anymore and when on my way home, I felt a bit energized again. Interesting, I feel half dead on Tuesdays and pretty good after Wednesdays, that are a bit less exhausting, yet longer. We will have a winter solstice celebration in two weeks. We will be demonstrating some of the weapon forms in the groups that we learn then at. Which means I should be in more than one. But I noticed the teachers talking ot instructors and some younger students to do a solo demonstration. I suddenly feel rather good about having to demonstrate with the whole group! I wasn't sure if there would be solo demonstrations as well originally. Regardless, I love watching these demos, so I am looking forward to it. It shall be a nice event.