The Sixth Tai Chi Chuan & Chinese Internal Arts Competition was hosted by our Italian friends at Lignano-Sabbiadoro in the province of Udine. Lignano-Sabbiadoro is seaside town on the Adriatic coast, that is known for her beaches and resorts, but perhaps not by people in Britain. I can imagine the place to be very lively during summer, but still a pleasant place to be in winter. I like many were wondering how to get there, but it was quite straightforward as public transport in Italy isn't as poor as people suggest.
The tournament was held in a facility which I could only describe as excellent. The event was organised very professionally and spread over on two days. With forms on Saturday and pushing hands on the Sunday. The timing was pretty spot on, and with an hour for lunch. We had comfortable lodgings next to the sports hall and there were paramedics on hand. Our Italian friends have thought of just about everything.
This is the first European that I was completed in and to me, the whole experience was both interesting and daunting. I learned and taken away more than I have put in. For me competing here was tough, but watching others helps you see where you are in terms of skill and experience. There were some great performances there and I would have liked to watch them all, but the downside to competing is that you can't let your focus float off somewhere else. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the experience, made new friends and I look forward to the next European Tournament.