Just thought I should get around to mentioning that I had a great time at the seminars with my teacher. As always, he continues to be very generous with his insights and skills. It somehow still amazes me that I’m always learning something new, even after more than a decade of studying with him. He continues to refine his teaching method, and continues to present the material in different ways.
Not that I ever remotely think “I’ve got it all,” but what continues to amaze me about these arts and Baguazhang in particular, is their depth. Sometimes one can rest on their laurels and think “I’ve learned that before,” but then reality and humility come running up behind you to kick you in the butt and whack you upside the head! Luo Laoshi is a remarkable teacher in that he continues to research. He takes what I might once have thought was mundane, turns it around and shows it in a different light, and then those lights tend to go off in my head for me. The learning process for these arts is something unique.
I should just, once again, take the time to say thanks to Luo Laoshi. Not only are these arts amazing, but its always strikingly apparent that without Luo Laoshi’s training, research, thought, willingness to look everywhere for understanding, fight experience and continuing joy with which he approaches these arts, they would be a very different animal. Its so rare that something like this still exists, I hope that we all can treasure it as much as he does.