You don't have to practice croquet to practice croquet
By Edna Brandt, L.Ac.
My croquet partner and I recently won the spring tournament at my retirement community. The tournament is not our childhood croquet: there are strict rules, and the game requires physical and mental skills, and lots of strategy.
Somebody asked me, “Do you practice a lot?” and I answered, “Well, not really.” Of course we practiced, and got some coaching about strategy, but not very much. So I added, “You don't have to practice croquet to practice croquet.”
What I mean by that is because of all the Zoom classes from our school that I’ve been taking, plus teaching qigong every day on Zoom, and teaching a form class, I have been doing lots of tai chi in the past few months, way more than usual. And I believe that I was playing croquet well because of all the tai chi I was practicing.
You can apply tai chi to so many things: sports, fitness, dancing, exercise, meditation. Swimming is applied tai chi. There are many reasons to do tai chi, and one of them is that it will enhance anything else you may do.