So Where Do I Start!!!
Well, lets begin in 1988 – I was a Licensed London Cab Driver and due to years of ‘full on’ sports – especially football in my teens and early twenties – I had a really bad knee problem, aggravated further by accompanying my eldest son to a martial art class. The knee problem was becoming so severe that if I bent the knee for any period of time it would lock and make the most sickening noise when I straightened it out. I went along to the hospital where I was told that it would need an operation and the waiting list was around two years – wonderful! I was also told that because of the operation I would be prone to rheumatism and arthritis in the joint in later years – double wonderful!
I was still interested in martial arts and had been from around the age of 13 and while reading the Taxi Driver magazine I came across an article about Tai Chi which up to that moment, from what I had seen, had been a bit of a ‘wishy washy’ affair and something that I was just not interested in. It transpired that Master Chu King Hung was starting a beginner class at his studio in Notting Hill and I thought I would go along to check the class out – It was great – a real revelation. I watched as the more advanced students went through the Yang 108 step form and the sword form and also push hands while some of the really advanced were being shown martial application of the moves. This was simply nothing like I had seen before and signed up immediately.
Fifteen people started on the first week and by the second week we were down to 12 – third week 7 and after around six months and completing the form only 3 of us remained!!! Along with the form we were taught Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung, which basically involves standing still but through regular practice my knee became stronger and stronger and by the time my hospital appointment came through no operation was necessary – no one was more amazed than me.
So, that is just a little bit of how I started my Tai Chi journey and I would like to thank all my teachers so far for their work and dedication.
On the next blog I will ask – How do I find a teacher that is right for me?