Spotlight on:Michael Kearney
I became interested in tai chi for number reasons. Some were very pedestrian: observed people doing tai chi, watched a video or two, or the reports of the health benefits. I began doing tai chi over 10 years ago with the expectation that as I age movement is good for my body and overall health. What I found was all of the above but also the enjoyment of belonging to Chinatown tai chi school( doing tai chi in a group), and pride in further developing my ability as a tai chi practitioner(those moments when you understand something deeper).
In teaching tai chi I believe the foundation is critical: learning the basic movements. I continue to work on the basics every time I practice. For new students frustration can be great. But I believe that although tai chi is difficult it is rewarding. If you can stay with it, giving yourself time [6 months to a year], the rewards are great.