I was in my 20s, I had a serious girlfriend, and there was no way in hell that qigong was going to work for me if I had to follow that crazy sex rule.
There are some really strange rules for qigong and tai chi. My favorite is: tu tan wu du. It means, “don’t keep spitting.” True story.
“I’ve been practicing Tai Chi an hour a day for 30 years,” he said, “but I’m still a long way from being a master.”
It was a beautiful, cloudless day in Golden Gate Park. I was 25 years old, and I had recently earned a black belt in Goju-Ryu Karate.
Tai Chi was completely foreign to me.
“How will you know when you reach mastery?” I asked.
I didn’t mean to be insulting, but the man clearly took offense. A quick scowl, and then he walked off.
I never did get his name.
There’s something magical about going on a Kung Fu adventure to find a spot to practice, especially at dawn…
If you struggle with motivation, then take a lesson from Inigo Montoya and find your 6-Fingered Man.