There are a few Martial Arts that I’ve always wanted to try; Kendo, (because you get a sword), Judo (because in the seventies Brian Jacks always won Superstars) and Tai Chi (because it's just so different from all of the others).
I haven’t been able to find a taster session for Kendo in Leicester, and although I’ve been invited to watch a session at the Urban Martial Arts centre, I’m not ready to part with £65 for a full beginner’s course. With Judo, my attempts to find a class that trains when I’m available have so far not been successful but I will keep on trying. My friend Mahiee has just been selected for the National team so I’m inspired by him to do at least one class. As for Tai Chi, I’d tried to visit a club in Wigston but that had closed, however I kept in touch with Instructor Nasser who has just begun classes at a new venue off Narborough Road. Last night I went along to a 5.30pm form class to try it out.
I’ve always loved form, (or kata/ patterns) and enjoyed learning the execution and presentation and understanding the bunkai (application of each move) so I hope I’ll feel at home practicing Taijiquan. The Fa-Jing Chuan School based on the second floor of an industrial unit, is a large, well lit space which is slowly being transformed with panelling and paint into a large well-lit dojo. As I’m waiting for Nasser I meet up with long-term student who has been studying tai-chi for a couple of years and her son who has just started, and she is enthusiastic about the benefits of Tai Chi. The three of us make up the class and Nasser arrives at exactly 5.30 to start the class.
My one and only complaint? The class over-ran by 30 minutes and I was late for my beer.