I absolutely loved the "Light of Life" workshop presented by Christophe Clarke. I am still on "Cloud Nine" from listening to his philosophy of life. What struck me was his passion for life and his belief that each of us can help our ailing planet with our own spirits and deeds. We are all a part of the same whole. He stressed that we should not resist our environment but become a part of it. I am reminding myself of this now when I'm in traffic or in too cold an office. Rather than fight it, I should choose to become part of it. . . .
Thank you so much for inviting Shirfu Christophe to our school. The Light of Life seminar was appropriately named. I originally signed up only for the first day. By the end of the first day there was no way I could not take the second day. I was so exhausted after the first day, and we were mostly listening and thinking. I can't wait to see and hear the taping because I want to revisit the concepts and philosophies we discussed. I did not know that I would hear the answer to a very old philosophical question. . . . He spoke with and worked with everyone in the room to make sure we all understood. Everyone was treated as beginners no matter what sash they wore. He pushed us to look deeper within and work harder. The time flew by so fast because I did not want to stop learning from him. The phrase “pain is temporary” applied so well. I did not realize I had muscles in some places until I found all the sore spots. There is no room for the word try in my vocabulary now. It is either do or don't do. To hear Shirfu Christophe speak and to watch him move was inspiring and spoke to my soul. I felt like he was giving us little sips from the fountain of youth. I wish I had the chance to speak with him more. I felt a reaffirmation that life is good as I realized how much everyone who attended took home from the seminar. I hope that you invite him back again. . . .
Thank you, Ms Grabhorn
Thank you so much for offering this Tai Chi workshop at our school. I honestly am at a loss for words to describe how I feel. I went home after the free demonstration Friday evening and told my wife that the free demonstration, performed by Shirfu Christophe Clarke, was worth the price of the entire workshop. What an amazing evening! Master Clarke spoke with conviction and clear purpose, weaving Tai Chi principles into the fabric of our everyday lives to show us that the two are inseparable. Ward off, roll back, press and push are not just a sequence of moves ... they are life itself. He said, "the matador does not stand in front of the bull." When you are faced with difficulties you must learn to ward off. He said that Tai Chi is learning how to be pushed. When life pushes ... we ward off ... roll back ... press ... and push. I am a fairly new student, just a few weeks past graduating to the gold sash, and I was a bit worried that I would be too slow. I saw myself holding back the entire workshop with my lack of experience. But ... the time just seemed to fly past and I was never worried about such things once the workshop began. Master Clarke thanked us for coming ... he praised our efforts ... he took time to recognize everyone in the workshop. It felt good to see folks having fun while working so hard. I mean I still have a smile on my face ... I had a great time! Thanks again for offering this workshop at your school. I hope you will invite Shirfu Clarke back again when schedules permit. I am sure that everyone attending the workshop feels the same way as I do .. when I realized how gifted a speaker Shirfu Clarke was ... how great a teacher he was ... how entertaining and fun he was ... I also realized how great it was to have a Sifu of like mind and heart.
Thanks, Mr. Mulvey
Last Sunday's push hands workshop with Christophe Clark was excellent. All of the teachers I have had the honor to work with in your school have been excellent. Christophe, however, stands tall among these guest teachers. His enthusiasm for push hands and his passion for the scholarly art of T'ai Chi were obvious and infectious. The five hours went by far too quickly. . . . While I am still just a seedling in the art (I feel that I have only barely begun to learn anything), this workshop has helped advance my understanding significantly. I look forward to the next time Sifu Clark can come and share with us again.
Sincerely, Mr. Wise
Wow! What a tremendous workshop this past weekend. I felt like a kid peeking through a pinhole in a cardboard box at a vast world that stretched on for an eternity. It was like drinking from a fire hose. . . . What I've discovered in my very short six months is that the T'ai Chi journey is far more intricate than simply a healthy exercise regimen. It's the thinking person's martial art. It is comprised of physical, spiritual, emotional and mental facets that interact with each other in a very dynamic way. The postures began to evolve from simply being a form of physical exercise to episodes of physical and mental stimulation, and even sometimes emotional and spiritual stimulation (as I experienced during Shirfu Clarke's seminar). It begins to become clearer, if only opaquely clearer, that T'ai Chi is very much a living art that weaves the complexities of the human essence (physical, spiritual, emotional, physical) into a synchronized unit. T'ai Chi offers me a framework for how to live my life.
Best, Mr. Prince
Attending your Light of Life Seminar this last weekend was a bright point of my life. . . . The first day's exercises and lecture on healing were of particular interest to me as a former health care professional whose own health is now questionable. I plan to practice these exercises daily and monitor my lab results closely for positive changes. I am excited about this! On a deeper personal note, I felt an incredible energy from you and absolutely loved how you speak from the heart. As a "recovering a**hole", I have used my recent involvement in the Martial Arts to improve my overall situation as well as my own corner of the world. I now surround myself only with positive people and energy when possible. . . . I believe that T'ai Chi has saved my life. I sincerely thank you for your part in directing my life on the path I've now chosen. Words are simply not adequate to express the truth of what I have learned this weekend. Thank you for the gift of your time and energy.
Respectfully, Mr. Terbay
P.S. I have taken to heart you dietary advice as well. Thanks for the personal interest in me.
The workshop by Christophe Clarke was a unique and educational experience of a lifetime. Master Shirfu Clarke showed us how to appreciate the art of T'ai Chi. He supported every effort we made regardless of our level of training. In fact, we never noticed the different levels during the workshop. His focus on the non-violent sang to my heart, fiercely! Competition against my own skills, not to win! That is what I wanted since I started 3 years ago! It is “what I never knew I always wanted!” I look forward to his return.
I was only able to attend Saturday's workshop with Christophe Clarke, but what an experience! The first 10 minutes was worth the price of the entire workshop. . . . When we did extreme breathing during the "Light of Life" seminar, it clicked. . . . Since I started doing that, I have cut the amount of pain medication I take in half! That's the only change I have made so that has to be what is affecting my pain levels. Amazing! I just warn my family to stay out of the room while I sweat and shake!!! I enjoyed every part of Saturday's workshop and I learned so much. . . . I look forward to learning much, much more.
I want to thank you for enabling me to experience Christophe Clarke's workshop "Light of Life". I gained so much insight from his philosophy on life and the Tai Chi Chuan techniques that he shared during the two day workshop. He was right on target with what you have been teaching us and took it a few steps further. I especially enjoyed his energy, enthusiasm and sense of humor. I feel more centered, balanced, and my attitude towards push hands has improved. This was the best workshop that I have attended with your Nei Kung Workshop being 2nd best! Thanks again for this life changing opportunity!