Previously a Taekwondo fanatic for 10 years, followed through all the way to Black belt ranking by JC1( equivalent to year 11). At that time, I thought Taekwondo was a Martial Art (but it never was, it”s just a sport as I found out to my disappointment… )L
in 1995 class with GMaster Zhu Tian Cai
Caught on to Taiji in 1995. In the past, used to have some degree of interest in Taiji, thanks to Jin Yong”s fabulous Wuxia novels!! Was recommended by the National Wushu Federation to join Master Zhu Tian Cai”s classes in 1996. From then on, began my captivation with Taiji.
In 1995, I first joined Master Zhu Tian Cai”s Chen Style Taijiquan class. My wife, was also dragged in to learn together with me. She has participated only with a great deal of reluctance, and after much resistance, as she felt it was an old man”s sport. But luckily, it turned out to be an eye-opener for her, as she discovered the fascinating secrets and benefits behind the art. Just 15 mins into the warm-up only, Master Zhu had us both soaking our tee-shirts. Now, that is not an old man”s sport!
In 1997, Aug 21- 23, participated in the Chenshi Taijiquan Convention cum Demonstration held in Kelantan, Malaysia. Silver Medallist for Quan (Fist) and Jian (Sword). My wife collected a Bronze for the Quan, a Silver for the Jian.
1997, in October became an official disciple of Master Zhu, which makes me the 20th descendent of the Chen Style Taijiquan. Oops! At that time, me, my wife and another good friend of ours, our Taiji kaki, Seow Weilin (William Seow) became the 3 youngest disciples accepted by Master Zhu.
In 1998, June 21 – 28, all three of us were instructed (we were not given a choice!) to participate in the National Wushu Open Competition, Singapore. We competed in the Traditional category. I came in 5th for both Quan and Jian. My wife was the Gold Medallist in the Women”s Open, in both Quan and Jian. William garnered the Silver for his Quan, Silver for his Jian, and a Bronze in the Long Weapon Category. What a relief that was over! Still, it was a good experience, as it also forced us to practice more, and to practice harder.
Presently, my Taiji (Tai Chi) madness still continues … It seems that the more we learn, the more fascinating the skills uncovered, in terms of martial application, its health benefits especially. Each time, we reach a new level of awareness, it opens up a deeper understanding in the way we practice the art, and heightens our awareness of how it should be felt as we practice Taijiquan (T’ai chi ch’uan). If you are in Perth, and would like to join me in the Tai Chi Journey, please contact me.