NAME: Edward Heckerman
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Santa Monica, CA
OCCUPATION: Professor of Photography at Cerritos College
AMOUNT OF TIME YOU’VE DONE TAI CHI:
I have been with TC since the beginning of 2005. I learned a very different version of the Yang form of Tai Chi in Switzerland for about three years, but then stopped for a variety of reasons. I am returning to it now after a ten year break.
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN TAI CHI:
Originally, I got involved in Tai Chi to improve my balance and set meditation in motion.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM TAI CHI:
I have learned to be more aware of my body in its relation to my surroundings by observing the five principles. I am also learning through TC to protect myself if the need for self-defense should arise.
WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TAI CHI TO OTHERS:
I would recommend Tai Chi to anyone who wants to feel more confident and healthy, but they must have discipline and patience to let it all come together. I am looking forward to learning the form completely, but I also understand that this is only the beginning.