The following is excerpts from my trip to Beijing in 2008, as usual it was a great trip and my thanks to Mr and Mrs Lei Shi Tai for making it a truly memorable one.
Arrived Beijing and was met by Lei Laoshi, went for dinner with Mr and Mrs Lei.
Practicedwith Mr Lei and Students, learned Hu Xing and Ma Xing, as well as practicing Tui Shou and the 5 elements from Xing Yi.
Laoshi said Taiji is like putting you hand in a stream to catch fish you cant see them but as soon as you feel one you grab it.
Xing Yi is like catching shrimp which jump so you have to explode quickly to catch them.
Bagua is like turning a mill stone.
In Taiji the backbone should be like a bow and you should not lead from the waist, you should move altogether, try to keep the tailbone tucked in and facing the floor.
Reviewed Hu Xing and Ma Xing, then learned Lien Wan Quan and practiced pushing hands.
Reviewed Hu Xing, Ma Xing and Lien Wan Quan, learned Toh Xing and Tai Xing
Reviewed Tuo Xing and Tai Xing got corrections, learned Ji Xing and looked at Pi Quan in more detail
Reviewed five elements and did push hands, Mr Lei showed me Huo Xing but not learned it yet.
Reviewed Ji Xing, Hu Xing, Ma Xing, Tuo Xing and Tai Xing, then learned Yen Xing.
Visited Mr Lei’s club practised Taiji and all the Xing Yi I had learned so far, did some push hands with his students.
Visited Mr Lei’s club practised Taiji learned different ending, then practise push hands and Xing Yi, learned Bagua circle and straight walking and single palm change.
PracticedJi Xing then push hands with Lei Laoshi 1.45 min. tough day!!
Learned She Xing, then did push hands, Mr lei explained how Pi Quan makes all the other fists and that it does not matter which one defeats or makes the other, they just develop different power and so when appropriate you can use it, the 12 animals give you the ability to move freely in any direction and coupled with the techniques in them make them useful.
Reviewed She Xing, then push hands
Learned Xong/Ying Xing eagle and bear, plus push hands got connection in my back and must remember it!!
Reviewed Xong/Ying Xing then push hands.
Went to Laoshi’s house, practiced push hands and learned theory, he said for visualisations we should use water for Taiji, a mountain for Xing Yi and a Typhoon for Bagua.
Practised push hands as raining very heavy
Learned Yau Xing and Long Xing, reviewed Xong and Ying plus Lien Wan Quan and push hands.
Last day learned Huo Xing, five directions and jumping glad I learned this last!!
Also I visited the Bai Yun Guan ( white cloud temple) and Mr and Mrs Lei took me to Tan Zhe Si temple and to Sun Jian Yun’s grave site, these were great experiences for me and meeting and practicing with Lei Laoshi’s students was also a fantastic experience as there was no ego just people wanting to practice.