2008 Arkansas: Duehring

by Tim Duehring on 2008/08/08

Originally written by: Tim Duehring

Another great workshop given by Joseph and Richard. It seems that every time I go to a basic introduction workshop I end up with information overload. We worked on circles and I gained some new insight. Some day in the future I may be able to do one almost correctly.

It was good to get reaquainted with some old friends and make some new ones. Richard and his family were wonderful hosts and Master Chen continues to amaze us with his ability to make this mysterous art understandable.

The only bad thing for this Northern boy was the heat and humidity.

About Tim Duehring

Tim is the International Students Manager at Daqingshan. Study and teach Hunyuan and Practical Method Taijiquan since 2005

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Chen Zhonghua August 9, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Tim, thanks for the review. I am also thankful to Richard Johnson who always manages to be such good host each time. Much appreciation is also extended to his wife and family.


Richard Johnson August 10, 2008 at 7:57 pm


We just chose the wrong weekend for the temperature. Yesterday and today, it was low 80’s and low 60’s tonight. That would have made you feel right at home. Thanks for sending your weather our way.


Richard Johnson August 10, 2008 at 8:16 pm

I like to write a review of the workshops afterward, but it always takes me some time to sort through and digest the overload of material that we covered.

This time when Shifu left, I had more questions than I had answers. Although this is not unusual, it was particularly poignant this time because it had been so long since I had seen Shifu.

It helped dispel the growing feeling of complacency and the feeling that I had all the answers. It is hard to describe the extraordinary mental difficulty it is to even complete one circle. I think that if I did not also teach classes, I would still be stuck. I many ways, I am still working to resolve the conflicts.

This is a good thing though. We are stagnant when we are complacent. We cannot grow when we are not asking questions and seeking answers.

I am also putting up my notes from the workshop. If you have additions and/or corrections, please chime in.


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