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Interview

Gaining Solace from Tai Chi
interviewed by Instructor Lis

In England at the age of about 21, Bushboy learned karate with an Iranian teacher who gave him a lesson he’s never forgotten.

 

        “I was a bit cocky at that age and I said or did something that he felt needed an attitude correction.  He demonstrated via a well controlled jab to the jaw how little I knew and how much he knew.”  From that physical rebuke, Bushboy learned to respect not only the art but also the learning of it and those who instruct.

 

        “I’d begun karate because I’d always had posture problems.  I tended to slouch.  The training improved that and it also sparked my interest in martial arts.  It develops what I call mental resilience – focus and presence in the now.  It also develops respect for one’s self, for others and for the art.” 

 

        He continued with karate but when he and his wife moved to Perth in 1985, he couldn’t find a school teaching the same style so his training lapsed.

 

        In 2003 they moved to Canberra and a position at the ANU.  It was here Bushboy discovered Tai Chi.  “Someone at work practised and he used to show us some of the movements.  I remember being impressed by his very calm manner and also the strength in his legs and stance.”

 

        “At that time, about 2008, I injured my shoulder doing weights at home and ended up with a frozen shoulder.  This colleague showed me some exercises that he thought would help.  I began looking around for Tai Chi classes and that’s when I began with the Academy, in Barton.”

 

        Bushboy is now in Refinement and thinks he will continue with classes in the long term.  “I don’t think you can say Tai Chi is easy.  It’s deceptively simple but difficult to master.  As a beginner, you can get caught up in the physical aspects, for example, ‘Am I looking right doing this?’  However, as you progress, you realise there’s no feeling in doing it that way.  Now when I practise, I think, ‘Is there a connection between the energy (qi) in my body and the way I’m moving?’  If my mind isn’t quiet, it just doesn’t happen.

 

        “For that reason, I’ve stopped coming straight from work to class.  At the moment, the ANU is undergoing extremely trying times and the workplace is very stressful.  I used to stay at work until it was time to leave for class but that meant I was carrying all the mess from there into Tai Chi and it took most of the lesson to calm down.  If I go home first or go somewhere quiet for a breathing space, I gain much more from the instruction.  Tai Chi isn’t just another activity to squeeze into an already busy day.”

 

        “Tai Chi has become my solace and I treasure the internal aspect of the art.  It provides emotional self sufficiency.  In my workplace, there are a lot of ‘inert’ people, that is to say, people who are cold and inhumane in their quest for advancement and promotion.  I’ve never been interested in chasing just one thing, for example, money or career, to the detriment of self.  I strongly believe life must have a balance between the physical and the mental.  I value what I have rather than hanker for what I don’t have or can’t have.  Brett constantly reinforces these basic messages in class.”

 

        Bushboy attends two classes per week but enjoys the contact with other students and the reminders of the things he’s forgotten in his practice.  “Brett introduces different exercises too, which is interesting and I like doing the form in a group situation.  It feels comfortable.”

 

        “I like the ethical approach of Tai Chi.  It isn’t linked to any social, political or religious groups.”

 

        “I’m working on connecting the internal and external now in my practice and trying to get to the essence of what Tai Chi is.  Just twirling your arms about with your head in the clouds isn’t doing Tai Chi.”    

 

(This is an actual interview, but the name has been changed for reasons of privacy.)


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