Milestones and New Beginnings for The Quiet Fist
I'm laying the groundwork towards my vision as martial artrepreneur. My apparel line isn't going away, but my work is now centering the sharing of Taijiquan with new audiences and the advocacy of traditional arts as a means of healing and empowerment. I've added a new Events page with details on my upcoming workshops and first Taiji artistic performance! I'm also excited to be offering a Holiday Hibernation Series - a space that I crave during winter months to counteract the "holiday rush" of shopping and feasting when my body wants to align with the season and restore within - slowly, quietly, followed by a hot sip of tea. :)
I have also changed the name of my business yet again! After a year as XiDao - a name that I co-created with Chinese speakers out of respect to the Chinese arts that inspire my work, I realized that it required too many layers of explanation: its pronunciation, its meaning, the connections it has to Taiji - when I'd rather be explaining the benefits of Taiji. Hence, I landed on the new name The Quiet Fist. It both embodies the Yin Yang philosophy of Taiji and represents the kind of martial artist I aspire to be: unassuming, humble, and confident.
Yesterday, I MC'ed for the 40th Anniversary and Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Berkeley Thai Temple. Attendees donating towards the construction of a new temple prayer hall receive blessings by offering and pounding in symbolic wooden stakes where the new structure will be built.
I was a student and dancer there for nearly 25 years and in the founding class of the temple's Thai language and culture school. It was here where I learned, not only the technical skills of performance, but how to be in ritual and community. And it was here, I was first exposed to what it means to be a "quiet fist" - a backseat performer, observer, student in every sense until eventually, my elders entrusted me to be the English-speaking voice of what we do and convey the reverence with which we do it. Ritual is humbling and empowering.
I can't separate my history at the Thai temple from my current journey with Taiji. Though there isn't as much ritual involved in Taiji - the practices are both decades in the making and have the same power and humility within them. It was all those childhood years amongst elders prepping and priming me to receive a new practice. As a "heritage nerd," I relish in the wisdom and practices my elders and ancestors, direct or indirect, have left behind for my generation to apply to our modern lives, and its in this spirit, I want to share Taiji with its future practitioners.