How I started Tai Chi

November 14th, 2008

I have a vague childhood memory of watching Tai Chi on TV.  I was intrigued and captivated by the smooth flowing movements.

Some time in 1999 after playing squash at a local gym I noticed  a Tai Chi class listed and decided to give it a try.

Memories of my first classes all blur together.  Having a desk job and not doing a great deal of physical exercise I found the movements difficult to copy at first but slowly began to pick it up.

I remember going to one class after a stressful day and feeling very calm and relaxed afterwards.  Just after I left the class another motorist cut me up and where before that might have wound me up I found having recently done some Tai Chi it didn’t bother me any more.

At first I thought some of the things my teacher said were a bit crazy, particularly concerning diet.  One of the things he suggested was that you should try and reduce your fluid intake.  Conventional wisdom is that you should drink lots of water.  I gradually introduced the Chang Ming diet and found having cut out a lot of toxins that I just didn’t need to drink so much and felt better as a result.  Like everything in Tai Chi we encourage people to prove the principles to themselves.