Stuck in Arkansas, USA

by Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on 2011/02/09

Last year, I was stuck in Helsinki, Finland. A heroic trekking trip took me over 3 days to travel from Helsinki to Italy via many cities in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria. It was my disciple Pavel Codl who rescued me in Europe. This year, I am stuck in Bentonville, AR., USA on my way to sunny and warm San Juan, Puerto Rico. My disciple Richard Johnson drove me to the airport only to find it closed. It took two hours for something that should be done in 2 minutes over the phone. I guess no airports or airline can be trusted in times of snow storm. Thanks Richard! Here are some photos I took along the way.

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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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Richard Johnson February 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Thanks, customer service operator who told us that there would be one flight leaving today. What is usually a 20 to 25 minute drive took 1 hour going out and 1 1/2 hours coming back. I think we got 18 inches of snow. The most here since 1978. The problem is we don’t have much snow removal equipment. The plows we do have just kind of spread it around. So we really just wait for it to melt.

On the other hand, I have had an extra day with Shifu Chen. A lot of things have clicked for me mentally, and I have felt them. Now I just need to internalize them through practice.

I promise to send him to Puerto Rico well-rested and with just enough cabin fever that he will think that Puerto Rico is paradise.


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