As an instructor who holds classes in the park, the weather can often be unpredictable and challenging due to extreme conditions. I sought guidance from my Gung Fu friend Mark who has years of martial arts experience. Mark shared his teacher's advice which is as follows: "Climb a mountain on a windy day. Play sword on a full moon night. Read a book on a rainy night. Never play Taiji on a windy, cold day. Why? Because of the negative effect on the Oi. The wind is introducing too much air or pressure to the lungs. Also not to play internal arts in extreme heat due to the heat that is generated from Taiji. It is better to remain idle. You must play within the rules of nature! Too cold, bad. Too hot, the same."
I am filled with wonder, gratitude and awe for the journeys we travel and for the teachers we meet along the way.