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I have recently decided to study and take up the ancient art of Tai Chi Chuang. After trying out Tae Kwon Do with a good friend of mine (how's this for handi-capable? he's a black belt with Cerebral Palsy), I realised that it's just too much stress on these tired old joints of mine (yes, I realise I'm only 19, but believe me...my joints are at least three times as old, I swear), and what I really wanted out of a martial art was not only the self-defense and physical health aspect of it, but the spiritual and emotional benefits that can be found through the art of Tai Chi Chuan. The more I read on it, the more I feel that this is the perfect thing for my life right now. I rather encourage anyone else who's interested in learning any form of martial art, or branching out into a new one, to give this a look-see. It's much more than the artistic dance it looks like, teaching defense and energy focusing, not through repetitive impact and pain ('no pain no gain' doesn't apply here...in fact, rather the opposite), it's about finding form and focus within everything. Channeling your energy through your body to any point or part of it. As long as one approaches such a thing with an open mind, as one should do with everything, anyway, one can truly reap the benefits, I believe, of the ancient Taoist masters (for the conservative skeptics out there, keep in mind that Taoism is more philosophy than religion, by a wide margin.)...
Well, now that I've finished plugging it shamelessly, I think I'll do something I haven't done in a good while...retire to a good book and, perhaps, find inspiration to end this writer's block in ancient writings.

Peace and health to all,
William

------
'He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.'
-Lao Tzu

'Tomorrow will take us away,
Far from home--
No one will ever know our names,
But the bards' songs will remain.
Tomorrow, all will be known,
And You're not alone,
So don't be afraid
In the dark and cold
'Cause the bards' songs will remain.
They all will remain
In my thoughts and in my dreams
They're always in my mind....
Come close Your eyes;
You can see them, too.'
Blind Guardian,
The Bard's Song: Into the Forest


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