Do you engage in training when you’re a bit tipsy from alcohol? Yesterday, I shared a single bottle of beer with my wife while watching the super bowl. While this is not a lot, it was enough to make me a bit tipsy. After the super bowl, I headed into my office with the intention of doing some meditation work, but when I closed my eyes, I started to sway a bit. Not a good idea, I thought to myself.
Not wanting to make all a lost, I decided to do some silk reeling exercises instead. I began doing some positive/negative circles from the Hong Practical Method as well as playing around with some single/double handed silk reeling from the Chen Xiaowang line. I felt I was actually able to do these quite easily and the bit of alcohol didn’t really hamper my training. I did not feel much swaying at all, most likely due to the fact that I kept my eyes opened the whole time.
On a side note, I have noticed my leg strength increasing as I was able to do the silk reeling sets without feeling much tension/pain in the legs. This is most likely due to the increase duration of standing meditation as well as more work on silk reeling. The Chen Zhonghua workshop is soon approaching and I think I have gotten the positive/negative circles at a somewhat decent level where I will not be a complete n00b. I must thank one of my taiji buddies who trains in the method for the feedback and guidance!
So, what say you? Do you bust out the training when you’re a bit tipsy?