Taijiquan, Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan


It is generally accepted that it takes many years to practice an internal art. But your courses take only a day, or sometimes a few days. Can you please elaborate on this?

-- Sifu Daniel Perez, Spain


It is unthinkable that my courses on internal arts last only a day, or at most a few days. Twenty years ago I would not believe this was possible. Hence, it is understandable why many people do not believe in what we claim, and some call me a liar.

But what puzzles me is why these sceptics do not take a course to find out for themselves. We are so ridiculously generous, we open such courses virtually to anybody, and with a money-back guarantee if they are not satisfied. We do so because we genuinely want to preserve the internal arts.

Twenty years ago, I would gladly pay ten times the fee to attend such a course, even without a money-back guarantee. I would rather be a fool for a day, or a few days, and lose some money, rather be a fool for life.

Why is it that students could experience internal force in a course of a day? It is because I transmit the necessary skills to them and systematically lead them to develop internal force.

In the past internal art training was unsystematic. A teacher would teach a student a technique, after the student had proven himself over many years to be worthy of the art. The student would practice the technique over and over again for at least a few months before he could develop a needed skill.

Then the teacher would teach the student another technique. The student would again practice for a few months to develop another needed skill. Only when the student had developed the required skills, his internal development really began, and this might be many months or years after he learned his first technique.

Usually both the teacher and the student were not aware of the difference between skills and techniques. This ignorance greatly prolonged the time for the internal development. They thought, wrongly, that if one practiced the techniques long enough, he would acquire the internal art.

Reproduced from November 2012 Part 1 in Selection of Question-Answer Series


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