Last week I traveled to Sabah to see my Sifu and attend his Intensive Taijiquan Course!
Where is Sabah?
Lying on the northeast section of the island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the 13 states of Malaysia, which together with the state of Sarawak make up what is known as East Malaysia.
Participant countries included Finland, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Brunei, Taiwan, Australia, India, the United Kingdom, the United States, Austria, and Singapore.
Course attendants traveled from all around the world to learn Taijiquan from Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit.
這次課程的重點在以下這些技巧:進入寂靜, 行氣, 太極拳站樁和步法, 發勁, 推手和打手.
Some key skills highlighted in the course included Entering Tao, Chi Flow, Stance Training and Footwork, Exploding Force, Pushing Hands, and Striking Hands.
Many people practice what they call Taijiquan, or "Tai Chi" yet they never develop some of the basic skills which were covered in depth in this course. For example, many Taijiquan practitioners have never heard of Striking Hands, yet it is the next step in basic training after Pushing Hands. Many Taijiquan practitioners, even so-called Masters, do not have the skill of Exploding Force, which in our school is a basic skill. Taijiquan when practiced correctly is a wonderful art enabling practitioners to attain good health, vitality, longevity, combat proficiency, mental clarity and spiritual joy.
What a wonderful set of courses! Thank you Grandmaster Wong. You are a rare teacher bringing back the essence of these arts!