I was a goat herder!

by Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on 2006/03/20

During the full-time training months in the summer of 2006, Steven was the first one to go for a walk with the goats. We only had three at the time. It was a fairly easy task. You take the leash of the head goat and the other two will follow. Even though, Steven reported that the head goat wouldn’t go with Steven. It took some time before Steven figured out that you didn’t lead the goat, the goat led you!

I noticed that later Dave was walking the goats and then others. It started out as a joke and eventually became normal. Everyone walked the goats whenever they had time. After all students left in August, I started walking the goats. By that time, we got 13 goats. I tried to observe their behavior from all aspects but taiji was the only on my mind and as a result I saw taiji moves all over the mountain.

First, the feet are very small. The smaller the better the grip on the mountain. They are very sure footed. I was with them as much as I could and boy, there are placed where they could climb! There is no way I could make my way up some of the cliffs with my big-foot (I have very small feet for a human!).

About Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Style Taijiquan 19th generation disciple. International Standard Bearer of the Practical Method system of Hong Junsheng. Second generation master of Hunyuan Taiji. Been teaching internationally since 1985. Educated in the West with a Master's Degree in Education. Highly accomplished through the lineage of two great masters. Disciplined, precise and powerful. He teaches a complete system of taiji based on the principle of yin yang separation; indirect power as a core concept; movement and tranquility as the source of action. In both theory and practice, his taijiquan deals with the problems of double-heavy. He is a real treasure of the heritage of taijiquan.

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