A hush fell over the gathered crowd as Master Li Shu Dong’s Golden State Championships Opening Ceremonies began in San Jose. Our group proudly marched in with others who had come for Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Kung Fu demonstrations and competition.
Following Master Li’s welcome and an impressive rendition of the National Anthem by one of his students, we joined more than two hundred to perform the 24 Yang Style Tai Chi Form and Ba Duan Jin Qi Gong.
As Master demonstrations started, an explosive Kung Fu group made us feel as if we were watching warriors at the Shaolin Temple. More exquisite performances followed. A large group, divided into rows, simultaneously presented Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Jing, Wu Qin Xi, and Liu Zi Jue Qi Gong Forms endorsed by the Chinese Health Qi Gong Association (of which Master Li is Vice Director). Master Gao Jia Min, beautifully dressed in white silk, elegantly flowed through the 24 Yang Style Tai Chi Form to the accompaniment of a small child’s playing the butterfly harp.
On and on the expertise was shown as tiny children seemed to fly through the air, teenagers exhibited amazing power, and adults of all ages calmly showed internal strength.
What a wonderful experience it was to be part of such an occasion. Some of our group enjoyed the “nearly Olympic” feeling while others were inspired to raise levels of proficiency higher. Thank you, Master Li, we look forward to more of your programs in the future.