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Defining the Internal 4

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At UFC 168 ex-champion Anderson Silva lost the fight to the defending champion, Chris Weidman. I think if you ask people who saw the actual fight, viewed the video or even just heard about it you will get a pretty accurate and graphic description of what happened.

I’ve read the stories of Yang Luchan but frankly speaking I don’t really see what is the big deal about what he did that would have earned him the moniker of Yang Wudi literally Yang the Peerless. This is quite a lofty nickname, a hat so big that no sane, ordinary master would want to wear it because it would attract people who are eager to see how really peerless you really are and whether you deserve the nickname unless it was bestowed in jest.

At that time when Yang Luchan carved out his name I am sure there were great masters of other famous styles that were around. Having investigated some of the other well known styles in Beijing then and examining what they have today I have to say honestly that Tai Chi Chuan pales when put side-by-side with these other styles, a number of which are considered internal styles too.

At times I can’t help but wonder that since a punch is but a punch regardless of styles due to a human body being a human body why should the approach of Tai Chi Chuan be any different. In fact, having seen a number of Tai Chi styles I can only conclude that any difference is likely to be superficial. If you want to talk about stomping for power like what is in Chen style then Bajiquan has it, if silk reeling then Yin Yang Baguazhang’s version of spiralling is not inferior and if you talk about Chin Na many styles in the North too have it. If you want to talk about gentle expression and sudden fajing then styles like Dai Family Xinyi has it too.

So pray tell me what is the great deal about Tai Chi Chuan?

This is just one question. The other question I have is what makes Tai Chi Chuan an internal art. Again, when compared with the other arts of Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Bajiquan, Xinyi Liuhe, Dai Xinyi, Piguazhang, etc. really I have to ask what do we have that they don’t have and better?

Sad to say, my conclusion is that what these other arts have are so much better than what we have in Tai Chi Chuan. That is until the day my senior first brought up the name of Wei Shuren in a letter. That was the beginning of the unlocking of this confounding puzzle.

OK, its time for an early dinner. I have to go do the cooking now. Will continue this another time.


Author: ZenMindSword

Mushin is a practitioner, researcher and trainer for Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. He is also author of The Ip Man Koans, The Ip Man Questions and TaijiKinesis series of eBooks, as well as co-author of Complete Wing Chun.

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