Loh Kup Your Daughters
...or in general your Taoists.
I spent Saturday and Sunday (around twelve hours each including meal breaks) taking part in a Lok Hup Ba Fa workshop at the Edinburgh centre of the Taoist Tai Chi Society. Loh Hup is an alternative form of Tai Chi, with 60 moves instead of the 108 in the normal set (though it seems to take about the same length of time to do a set.) The moves seem to my mind to flow more naturally into one another, and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely. The workshop is continuing, though as I have to work tomorrow (today is a local holiday) I just booked for the weekend. I got to meet all kinds of people from different parts of the world (when we were practising some more normal Tai Chi I was working with an instructor from Slovakia, and I was chatting a lot to American, Canadian and Polish students. About half the class were instructors (which made the class a good learning experience for me), though they weren't necessarily proficient in Lok Hup, for which there are very few accredited instructors.
The course leader was Chris (I didn't catch his surname) from Toronto, where he was taught by Master Moy himself. Chris had a nice laid-back style and was very good at demonstrating the moves without the need for words. He also hit on the excellent idea of getting one of the other very experienced instructors on the course (a diminutive Spanish lady named Carmen) to demonstrate the moves instead of always doing it himself. An excellent idea, not only because it always raised a laugh when he called on the long-suffering Carmen to come and demonstrate something, but because their styles were rather different. For example, in one move (which might me well described as "Wine Waiter Carries Tray In Rough Sea") i found it much easier to work out when to transfer my weight from one foot to the other by watching Carmen than by watching Chris, who seemed to float with no weight at all.
In the two days we made it through twenty moves, which is to say up to about 3:12 on this video clip. How much I'll remember next time I come to do it, we'll see.