Have you ever done or seen Taichi? Actually, I do Taichi. There was a Taichi training camp for Aichi Prefecture Branch of Yang Min Shi Taiji Quan in Toyohashi on October 8th and 9th, and I took part in it with a friend of mine, Fusa-fusa. She and I enjoyed doing Taichi and meeting some of our friends there.
After she and I arrived at the hotel and changed clothes for doing Taichi, we went to a big room, which seemed to be usually used for banquets, when we met Miyuki there. “How have you been?! ” All of us exclaimed each other joyfully. We were roommates last year. And then, Yama-P joined there, who is also my friend. She came to the training camp for taking a test for certification of master. We four sat on the floor with other participants and had a lecture together.
The lecture was held by Master Kay, the daughter of Yang Min Shi who is the founder of our style of Taichi. She claimed “Mind” was the most important for doing Taichi. “Mind, Breath, and Movement” are identified as the three important things for Taichi, but most doers learn how to breathe during Taichi and practice its movements. It is, however, very important to be free from all distracting thoughts when you do Taichi. That’s why, some people call Taichi as “Moving Zen”. As for me, it’s really hard to clear my mind when I do…
Fusa-fusa and I were in the same room, which was on the 22nd floor (!), and had a great view from our window. After the lecture when we entered the room, there was a beautiful sunset out of the window. It’s difficult to find on this photo, but there are many windmills for power generation along the coast. Wind power generation will become more important and popular in Japan after the nuclear accident in Fukushima. I couldn’t stop praying for peace in this world when I was seeing those windmills and the sun setting over the sea.
Fusa-fusa, Yama-P, and I were sitting at a table with some of the other participants. One of them was nearly 90 years old! He looked much younger than his real age and energetic! Another one came to the camp for taking a test for certification of master like Yama-P. Both of them were too nerves to eat much dinner. Poor thing. Actually, all of us at the table couldn’t eat so much because the food was not good, honestly…We poor thing!
After the dinner, all of the participants listened to a talk between Master Nagamote and Master Kay. I didn’t know that Master Yang Min Shi had named himself “Min Shi” after he came to Japan from China, and the meaning of his new name is to become a history maker. So, he did!
I went back to my room with Fusa-fusa, Yama-P, and Miyuki after the talk, and chatted for a while there. Yama-P went to her room because she wanted to rest earlier for the test next day, and Fusa-fusa, who is a color therapist, went to another room to consult some people. Miyuki and I went to a Starbuck’s near the hotel to have coffee.
Actually, it was a quite unbelievable thing as compared to the previous hotel, in which the Taichi training camp had been held for past three years. Because the former one is located on top of the mountain near the sea and there’s no shops or restaurants nearby, people can’t go anywhere once they enter there… So, Miyuki and I enjoyed the night town a little.
Next morning, all of the participants got together and did Taichi at 6:30! Early! After the practice, there was a little topsy-turvydom in the hotel. They hadn’t expected 400 people came to have breakfast all at once. They had to prepare for a room for us to avoid any confusion with other guests and we had to wait for the meal nearly 30 minutes, standing at the narrow alley…
From 9:30 in the morning, we had a practice all together. And then, there was a test for certification of master. Yama-P said she was really nerves and I was sure she was, but she looked dignified and very elegant while doing Taichi before judges. Of course, she passed the test! Congratulations, Yama-P! After the test, teachers showed others doing Taichi. Their performance was great and really beautiful. When will I be like them? Yama-P , after the test, had a good appetite. We enjoyed having lunch together.
The training camp was the fifth time for me, and I was able to have a happy reunion with some friends there. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to be roommates with someone I don’t know at the hotel unlike at the former one, whose rooms are usually for four people or five. That is, it’s difficult to make new friends at the Taichi camp anymore…The new place was nice for practicing all together, though, I felt a little sad…But it’s really wonderful to meet many people and do Taichi together! So, I’m looking forward to the Taichi training camp next year!