There’s only one thing I don’t like about practicing in the cooler months: when I begin to sweat.
Not because of the sweat per se, rather, it’s that, given the cool temperatures, my body hasn’t sweat all day.
So when I warm up enough that I need to begin to sweat, every pore on my body opens at once…
… and it feels like a million cockroaches are crawling all over me.
A whole body tingly itching sensation. That comes on nearly instantaneously. While I’m doing some drill or exercise.
It is a great test of my mindfulness and ability to be with things! Still not comfortable at all though.
The view from where I practiced my Tai Chi this weekend…
“Slouching is not the same as arching.” — Sifu Lam
“Snakes don’t growl.” — Sifu Lam
(I am totally guilty on that last one… )
“A clear case of not enough brandy, and needing more butt.”
(from a recent push hands practice)
My triptych for The Art Assignment‘s project: “Surface Test.”
For the assignment I chose to take three rubbings, recording the floor/ground at the locations where I practice Kung Fu each week. I spend on the order of 12+ hours each week training, and so these floors/surfaces have become a big part of my life. The first is our Sunday spot, in a park; Tuesday follows at a local martial arts school; with Thursday and Friday rounding things out in my backyard on a covered patio that a friend and I poured specifically to support my martial arts practice.
I’m quite chuffed with how each rubbing turned out. I knew the surfaces were very different, but I didn’t know if that would come through in the rubbing, especially between the carpet and the smooth concrete in my backyard. But different they indeed were, and they made a far nicer compilation than I expected.
This was a fun assignment to do; and my third assignment completed. Four, if you count the joint effort at VidCon:
If you aren’t familiar with the Art Assignment, I heartily recommend checking out their channel and giving an assignment a try. I really like the assignment format, it makes one consider, and expand, the definition/breadth of art, and the assignments help bring the art of, well, art into our everyday lives.
I’ve been kicking it hard and fun in Northern Shaolin (and Tai Chi, and…) for almost 15 years.
This week I got rooting while kicking on a whole new level.
I smeggin’ love this stuff!
Warmup jog/stairs/hops/sprints of cardio? Check!
Great Tai Chi class and insights? Check!
Xing Yi detail and development? Check!
Shaolin exploration and Sifu instruction and discoveries of excellence? Check!
Staff and Spear play? Check!
Six hours at practice? Super check!