Surprise visit from AKS Black Belt Teryn C. – He was in Orlando for a conference and came over to New Smyrna Beach to visit family friends. This newest member of the New Smyrna Beach Taiji Association and I talked about and worked on a few ideas and exercises to help heal the foot injury that he sustained last year. He’s doing well and is working towards a full and complete recovery. Always a treat to have long term students visit NSB ;^)
A recent training with Wayne H. working on proper head position by using a single finger to assist the head straight back an inch or two, so that the neck rubs the collar. The ear, shoulders, hips and balance point on the feet are all in a vertical line, follow gravity down the body from the head to the feet. Imagine you’re standing on a mirror, your mind goes down into the earth as far as your imagination will allow.
This Saturday, Ashley Liu and Jack Fox taught an intro to calligraphy class in Greenfield at the studio. Ashley Liu is visiting from China, where she works as an art teacher. She likes to teach foreign students calligraphy and other forms of Chinese art, so was excited for this opportunity to work with J.R. Roy Martial Arts Studio. The studio community showed strong support in turn to get this chance to learn calligraphy in Greenfield.
The 13 students that attended this workshop learned the basic strokes, how to write 空手道 (Karate), and their names in Chinese. As expected of JRRMAS students, everyone put great effort and concentration into this ancient form of art and communication.
Like martial arts, calligraphy takes years of dedicated practice to master. However, as this was most students’ first time with a calligraphy brush, they got off to a good start! Ashley and Jack were duly impressed. Stay tuned for news about more classes this summer!