I joined Master Gohring's Tai Chi and King Fu in June of 2007. Although I have only been a student a short time, I have already experienced a variety of benefits from practicing tai chi. Master Gohring asked me to share some of my experiences with people here, and I am more than happy to help!
I started taking tai chi as a gift to myself - something I hadn't done much of in the past. I knew that increasing my activity would be a benefit in and of itself, but I have also seen an increase in energy, balance, and flexibility. I feel better after class than I ever did at the gym. When I miss class, I truly miss being there; when I missed going to the gym, I was relieved to avoid laundry!
Any anxiety I had about being out of shape or uncoordinated were quickly dispelled. Master Gohring makes every student feel successful, no matter how small the accomplishment may seem. Even a small correction in position can suddenly make the whole posture make sense! It's these small successes that bolster my confidence and make traveling the path to becoming a Black Sash so enjoyable.
The balance of being able to see everything I have accomplished versus the goals I have yet to reach make learning with Master Gohring one of the best experiences I have ever had. I have always had difficulty seeing positives in my progress, but in class I am reminded of how far I have come in just a few short months. I plan to continue with my training for the rest of my life - I am sure that even when I do become a Black Sash, there will still be much to learn!