Kite

For his more advanced disciples, Master Kat Tai-Dai Mau demonstrates the feline tai chi movement dragon kite flying through the clouds.

Tai’s pro tips: “Don’t neglect the little details, like the slope of the tail and the protruding tongue; they can really help you get into the correct posture for this one.  (I don’t recommend show-off add-ons involving fiery breath, though.)  Note that you can adjust the level of difficulty by shortening or lengthening the distance between the point of departure and anticipated point of arrival, or by using or omitting props.  I like the extra challenge of landing on a table where’s there’s a delicate crystal vase full of tall, top-heavy flowers, with water right up to the brim, but you might not want to try that at first. Oh, and one more thing: This is the one time you don’t want to sink your claws too deeply into the upholstery when preparing for takeoff, because you could get stuck.  If that happens, you will not be hurt, but your dignity will suffer a blow if anyone sees it.  Finally, if you’re going to landing on a table, it’s not a bad idea to check first so you know if it has been freshly polished or something.”

tai kite

Copyright 2015

T. Allen Culpepper

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