Chan Seng Chee's newsletter for Sing Ong Tai Chi branches affiliated through him.
Dear Tai Chi enthusiast,
It has been a long time since we had a newsletter. We have had some new members and made a little progress technically. This is a summary of what we did this year.
At Professor Yek's March seminar we had the correct breathing sequence added to the "Six Tendon and Bone Relaxation Exercise" for the more advanced students.
As many of you have discovered the six exercises can free up the neck, shoulders, trunk, arms and legs. It can be said to rejuvenate the old and keep the young, healthy.
At the recent November seminar, the "Five Relaxing Exercises" was covered with great detail at the 1st session. Professor Yek explained the
very precise requirements needed to relax and sink chi properly to facilitate natural and secure stances as well as enhancing the blood supply to nourish the body parts involved. He pointed out the importance of proportion and the significance of the circles governing the first three exercises. These principles are vital to the correct execution of all TCC moves.
After the first session most expected an anti-climax at the second session. However, we were treated to the secrets to the precise performance of the "Universal 42 TCC Form".
Many lucky students were personally checked by Professor Yek in the opening moves. He capped it off by teaching the first of the "Fixed Step Pushing Hands Exercises". This was a great example of how delicate and yet comprehensively powerful and effective TCC is. It is hard to believe that the seminars can keep on getting better and yet they do every time.
Thirteen students and instructors were graded for the 1st Part of the 42 Form. All passed the test though most under performed because of nervousness in front of the examiner. I am sure those who graded can now improve greatly if they follow the test notes made by Professor Yek.
I am aware that some of you are very apprehensive of the perceived difficulty or enormity of the task of learning TCC.
As far as difficulty goes, Professor Yek has shown us the secrets of how to make the moves work better and hence easier to perform. Besides, I am here to help you follow the plan that Professor Yek has laid out. TCC would be truly difficult if we do not have the correct guidance.
As for the volume of work required, you need not worry about not making quick enough progress. The quality of what we are doing is such that even when you have only learnt part of the 42 form you will have a foundation and understanding in TCC that is significantly higher than someone who has spent decades in common TCC training.
I believe that those of you who have trained for more than a three months can see that many TCC practitioners of much longer experience often grossly violate the concepts that you know well enough to clearly follow.
Are you not making much better progress in comparison ??? To reap the true benefits of TCC one has to make the concepts a part of our daily natural movements. It is only possible to achieve this by conditioning ourselves a little at a time, daily, over a few years. I hope you will practice the "Six Tendon and Bone Relaxation Exercises"& the "Five Relaxing Exercises" daily besides any moves of the 42 universal form that you have learnt for that reason.
We are going to have our last training on Monday, 21st of December and a video /snack night after the regular class. You can bring your own drinks and snacks. We will watch some old videos and see if you can spot new points of interest with your more informed eyes.
We will start back on the Monday 4th of January. Next year I hope to review a couple of moves of the 42 Form every week and practice the 1st Pushing Hand Exercise. I hope I can start teaching the 37 Form to some of you sometime during the year.
I hope you all have a "VERY MERRY X'MAS" & "A HAPPY NEW YEAR" and see you in 1999 with improvements in TCC.
May Chi be with you,
S C Chan