Sooyeon Zacharias arrived in the afternoon. After visiting and dinner we went to the Beaver Creek Community Hall. Alex Hasenfratz joined us as we set up the hall and practiced some forms. We were ready to sleep when Steve Doob rolled in with Shifu about 10pm. We were all tired, but it was hard to sleep with one bank of lights we did not manage to turn off.
Shifu corrected everyone’s double push down. Brian needs to lose his angel wings. The shoulders disappear into the back, the chest moves backwards. After a one minute correction we were exhausted! The vertical line is lengthened, and we expand horizontally when we cave in the chest, smooth out the back/ lose the shoulders. Talked about the two layers: front and back. To get to someone’s back layer, you need to get closer to them (step in).
Cooked lunch for each other, and enjoyed nap time. Trained a bit more before deciding to go across the road to Stamp Falls to see the salmon as they swim upriver to spawn. Shifu photographed many trees and fish. Hopefully he will share his photos! Listened to Shifu compare theof a gnat’s life to a human life, remarking that they were very similar. Went down the road to Camille’s forest, soon to be home. Went to town for a sushi dinner. As we came out, 2 bears were playing across the river, so Shifu crossed directly to the railing and took more photographs (never mind the traffic!). They did some push hands too. Some people chose to shower, then we headed back to the hall. Did we train before sleeping? I don’t remember. We did figure out how to turn the lights off.
At 2 am I woke abruptly to a loud knocking at the front door. I jumped up and locked the door immediately. We had left it unlocked for the people sleeping out in their vehicles. The people at the door would not identify themselves, but asked me to open the door. I issued from dantian a strong “NO!”, and decided to end the interaction. Luckily, the people moved on after a couple minutes, an the only harm was interrupted sleep.
John (last name?) visited us from Rage’s Farms. He came for breakfast and stayed the whole day training. Must have been hooked by the breakfast story time. Shifu covered fate, agression vs. passivity, the five bows of taiji all moving backwards, and balance as a state of being.
By the end of the day, we were playing a bit with push hands. Shifu described the 4 parts:
We ate leftovers for dinner, transformed into sandwiches, and decided to visit Sproat Lake before it became dark. Of course there was a lesson on the shore, as the bats swooped for bugs, and sky became darker. I was too tired to document that one.