NAME: Paul Terry
CITY OF RESIDENCE:
Musician, music teacher
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN TAI CHI:
Since I can remember I have always been attracted to martial arts, especially Kung Fu. I discovered that Bruce Lee began with a foundation in Wing Chun and when an opportunity to learn it presented itself I took it. Thereafter, I dabbled in different fighting systems like kick boxing, Capoeira, and Shaolin Kung Fu but found that although I was learning great external fighting skills, my internal power was not growing as I felt it could. I researched and listened to the advice of other martial artists and decided that philosophically I should try an internal style that emphasized balance in all things and unlimited expansion. After a few weeks of training I felt that Tai Chi did indeed offer a discipline for mind, body and spirit that is missing in most other systems of martial arts.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM TAI CHI:
I have learned how much more there is to achieve in the human potential when guided by high level instruction. I have learned that internal energy can be cultivated to a large degree, and increases with age and practice instead of waning with time like external power. I have learned that the best way to win a fight is to avoid it, that meditation can bring peace of mind, health to the bones and body, and elevate the spirit. Mostly, I have learned to respect all martial arts and human beings as co-habitants and co-creaters in this world.
WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TAI CHI TO OTHERS:
If you are looking for a way to help manage stress, improve your bodies metabolism, slow aging, and have more energy there is simply no better way. It brings vitality to life and fosters self confidence, while also giving you a great workout which you can enjoy anywhere and anytime.