The Society celebrated the first anniversary of the UK National Centre at Marionville Road in Edinburgh with an inspiring international workshop and a birthday lunch. Workshop leader Jim Nicholson explained that the first anniversary is more important than the grand opening as it shows that the local members are all working together to maintain the Centre.
Kenny MacAskill MSP and many local dignitaries who had attended last April’s Grand Opening, as well as a few who hadn’t been able to make that event, came along for the lunch time celebration. Both dignitaries and Society members expressed their pleasure at returning a year on and seeing the Centre so vibrant and active. Local ward Councilor Stefan Tymkewycz talked about the positive impact that the Centre has had on the community, improving the area by refurbishing a derelict building and bringing it back to life. He said there were concerns by some about noise and increased traffic, but these fears proved unfounded and he was pleased to hear that many in the local community had visited the centre and taken part in classes.
A Society member who was travelling to the workshop on a bus got chatting to a local woman who was interested to hear about the workshop. She said that initially locals thought a tai chi centre would not last very long but is glad to know that it is going from strength to strength.
Good hospitality and excellent food was clearly appreciated because several councillors hoped they would be joining our celebratory meals for every anniversary to come!
We are very grateful to our honoured guests from Edinburgh City Council for attending. Thanks to: Councillor and Mrs Ronald Cairns; Councillor Adam McVey; Councillor Cameron Rose; Councillor Alastair Shields; Councillor Stefan Tymkewycz and Mr Kenny MacAskill (MSP).
Dropping, rising – the elephant in the room!
The IWS was attended by 114 members and under Jim Nicholson’s instruction, they each found their elephant. Some people had baby elephants, some people had pink elephants, but everyone had a completely different tor yu come the end of the workshop! In the tor yu, Jim taught us to each find our elephant, the sweet spot where the structure was strongest and we could rest and let the weight drop through the structure whilst rising up through the top of the head at the same time. Participants were encouraged to explore their own body parameters, listening to the subtle movements inside and then to try the same thing in the set. This was not easy but everyone experienced lovely calm, grounded sets.
Jim also found time to give a very interesting and informative talk about the history of the buildings in Canada, the recent purchase of a Centre in Krakow and some of the future plans which follow the model set by Master Moy.