I first met Master Liming Yue in Manchester in October 2010. I was very afraid because it was the first time that I was training with a Chinese master and I knew that he will see all my mistakes. I was also planning to be accredited as a chen style tai chi teacher and I had been training hard, but I knew I still had a lot to learn. I was in bits.
The training was intense and he was serious and thorough. I learnt so much! After that, with sore legs and an accreditation in my hand, I met Liming, the man. The weekend ended with a Chinese meal in China Town in Manchester with a couple of instructors. I didn’t stop laughing. He explained that he would like his students to become friends. This gave me an idea of who he was: a serious instructor, a warm man. I smiled and thought that I had found my next tai chi home.
Over the years, Liming has been telling me stories about the tai chi world he discovered in China and his stories fascinate me. He started to train as a child in Shaolin martial arts, and being impressed by one tai chi practitioner decided to train with the masters in the Chen village (home of tai chi) to continue his journey. He tells his stories with a soft voice in a childlike tone full of life.
As the Chinese proverb goes “Teachers open the door, you enter it by yourself”. Master Liming opened a door to chen style tai chi and health qi gong for many of us. And we are friends. Every time I go to train in Manchester or Loughrea, I know I will meet some of my tai chi friends, and my heart lightens.
On Friday, 24 February, he will be teaching in Dublin, and I can’t wait to introduce him to my tai chi students, maybe some day his new friends. I am just back from an amazing weekend training with him in Manchester, and I would like as many people as possible to access his teachings. If you are reading this, think about coming to the workshop. It is a great opportunity to train with a great teacher and meet a wonderful man.