20 Yilus in the Brazilian sun

by Andre on 2012/12/06

Just one more Yilu…

Everyone was training inside, while i had chosen a small space in the yard outside by the entrance of the academy, Master Chen walked by and said -“oh, you really wanna get a sun tan”. It was really hot that day, but as i did my Yilus and sweat started covering my face, i remembered much of how all of this started, why i originally choose Martial Arts, and everything that lead me to Taiji.

I’ve always wanted to do something that promoted development, so to me martial art training was always about effort, when i was a kid that meant mind focus -whatever you do, do not detract-. Later on it meant resistance, -going a bit farther and over the edge, even when you are beyond tired-. Recently, i just think training has to do with consistency, -whatever you do, just keep walking-. Sometimes its the daily train that takes you there, and not some major outlandish effort.


Taiji is strange, Taiji is huge, Taiji is weird, Taiji well… is Taiji….

If i had to sum it all up in one word, the entire workshop, that would be: Traditional. Something that people now-a-days run from, or even hide and pretend its not there. Traditional is the way through which, with consistent training, for a very long time, something expressive and lasting is achieved.

Definitely not McDonald’s, The Practical Method ,though in a sense simple and direct, requires a level o commitment most people are afraid of having. But Master Chen’s workshop tries hard to make it interesting, so that even the most unprepared sailor may venture in these waters.


Tomorrow will mark the third day since i came back from São Paulo(Brazil) for the workshop there, certainly one of the most remarkable experiences of my life.

I thank Master Chen for his grand efforts through the web site, and the workshops everywhere.

It has certainly had a great impact(literally) in my life, and in the life of those around me.

I hope we can make the next workshop here in Brazil more organized, and have more people from all over the Americas, to Flavio, Rinaldo and John, great hugs and see you guys again soon.

In the end, I’ve always believed that if you really want something, you can always find the strength to continue, and do your finest.

So the important thing is that whatever you do in your life, never give up on the things you really want to achieve.



About Andre

Student since age 6 or so, of Karate-do, later Aikido, general Budo, and now Taiji. Let's Train!

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