Learning to Use the Staff
I have always been interested in martial arts. I’ve studied several different forms of Tai Chi and enjoyed them all. Tai Chi is more physically demanding than most people realize, as the slower the motion, they greater skill and strength needed.
While I lived in Korea, I studied their traditional martial art called Taekkyon. At first, I didn’t think I could really jump and kick like Bruce Lee, but after being in classes 5 nights a week I became really quite good. In fact, I competed in Seoul’s first Women’s National Taekkyon Competition. Although I didn’t win a medal the Grand Master was impressed with my abilities and called my Kwan Chan Nim (Teacher) to his office to congratulate him for being a good teacher.
While living in Humboldt Saskatchewan I joined the Tae Kwon Do club. The physical demands of this martial art were difficult, but again I became stronger and stronger the harder I tried.
I managed to attain my green belt, and as I was preparing for Western Finals Competition my knee gave out. My martial arts career was over.
Now I’m living in Regina, and still love martial arts. I’ve studied the basic 24 movements of Tai Chi with Master Li a year ago but haven’t practiced. My intention with this learning project is to get focused and make my body strong again. I want to practice Tai Chi every morning, as that strengthens my body and mind, and I’ve always wanted to learn how to use the staff. All of my other martial arts classes focused on me using my body to protect myself; I’ve never had any training using a weapon. I’ve always liked the simplicity of the staff, and yet when used with skill it’s a great tool for protection. I plan on looking for articles, watching YouTube videos, asking for help in Twitter, and seeing if I can find classes in Regina. I understand we have only a short time frame to learn this new skill, but this is only the beginning of lots of hard work.