Fall is a very interesting season. While it feels like the year is almost over – vacations are over, there are only a few months left in the calendar, the weather is getting colder and leaves are changing colors - fall is also a new beginning. This is especially true in terms of our mindset - we become active again. This is the time that school starts for students and we get back into the full swing of things again. Traditionally, we prepare for the winter at this time of year. I feel the dynamics of Yin and Yang much more in the fall than other seasons as they are very apparent.
Fall is the season to boost membership for your class, even though it is not an easy task, at least based on what I have observed in many places. We might also not be as active in pursuing members as others do. However, I always think that if we are to do something, let us do it right and give it our best effort.
I have had a very busy year teaching workshops. A special thanks to all of you who help organize them. It is very important that we provide students with clear, timely and complete information. What I have always liked about workshops is their pace and intensity. Most of the workshops last three to five days. Within this short period, we cover a wide range of topics and make great progress in every area. For many students, the continuity of class after class for several days builds momentum and speeds up the learning curve tremendously. They literally feel better results after each class. Compared to a weekly or bi-weekly class, by the time the student comes back to class a few days later, what’s left of the previous class is mostly gone. I think the effectiveness of workshops and continuous training is much greater.
I feel lucky to be home at this time. The weather is beautiful and I am getting a lot of rest and have time to catch up on things like cleaning. I hope to do some writing and prepare for the upcoming five consecutive weekends of workshops. The finale will be in Athens in the first weekend of December. As always, I am looking forward to catch up with old friends, share some Taiji and have a good time!