I started Tai Chi in 2003 with Chris Hanche at Planet Fitness, Aurora. At that stage I was a real "crock", after some heart trouble. I weighed about 20 kilo's more than I wanted too. When the Planet Fitness guys "checked me in" I was not allowed to do things like stepping-walkers, etc. All I was allowed to consider were swimming, aqua aerobics, Pilatus and Tai Chi. I settled for Tai Chi.
Two years later I was back to excellent health and a stream-lined body at ideal weight. I felt so good!
I attended a broadsword workshop with Sifu Dereck in 2006 in Cape Town.
On the photo above, we are: back: Richard, Alida (me), my son Piet and Hester.
Front: a fellow workshopper, Sifu Dereck and Sifu Chris Hanche.
I am third from the left. My son Piet is standing in my left.
After breaking my foot in 2008 with some bad side effects, I had to give up Tai Chi for a few years.
I started again in August 2011 at the Cape Town Tai Chi Club in Parow. Due to the screws in my right foot and calcification in my left foot, I could not even stand on my toes, nor consider doing kicks. Initially I only did the warm-ups and Qigong part of the class. But, amazingly, the benefits of Tai Chi were improving my problems and a few months later I could stand on my toes again and do kicks! Now I am back on track doing the forms again!