“I want you to teach this stuff, not cause you know anything, but because I want you to learn it.” My teacher lives 5000 miles away and I was blessed to be able to travel and study with her every other month for a few years. But she knew nothing lasts forever – so better make training partners in your hometown, and teach this stuff so you can learn it.
Well, I am happy to say, as I sit and reflect on where we are today, I realize I have indeed made some training partners. Where once there was not, today there is a group of keen taiji players, interested in the principled study of the full traditional Yang style curriculum willing and interested in playing with me. Together we are continuing to grow this art. ( and grateful, too, for our teachers, Jan Parker and Sam Masich)
As Jan also has said, many times: “training partners are gold. ” And I am rich!
There is still much to learn, so I will continue to teach. But today I want to acknowledge: I have training partners in Western Massachusetts.
(Of course, I am always looking for and welcoming more!)