My studies with Sifu Simon have been predominantly in Tai Chi and Taoist Meditation, both fields that require daily practice, continuous corrections and extreme patience to learn and progress. From the beginning of my training I have bombarded Sifu Simon with questions not only about physical stances and postures, but also perceptions, feelings and mental stances. These questions have always been answered in minute detail, without exception, and with much patience as the same key principles needed to be explained to me multiple times on multiple levels for me to gain full understanding.
Tai Chi is a fundamental system that slowly instills itself into the muscle memory and builds a mental state of continuous internal awareness and meditative focus. Tai Chi has thus enhanced my Kung Fu practice, making my Kung Fu stronger as a combination of internal and external power. At this time in my training I can finally say that I can overcome opponents that rely on hard strength by becoming soft and fluid, empty of thought. And every class I realize that there are yet so many skills to gain and hardness to lose.
Taoism is a way of life that meets any challenge on today’s societal structure with flexibility and an open mind. Sifu Simon is my main teacher when it comes to Taoist philosophy and Taoist meditation, and has helped me to identify and dissolve many perceptional filters and hurdles related to the ego. Although I have taken some significant steps in this field, I know there is a long road ahead of me and I will rely on Sifu Simon’s guidance for many interesting years to come.