Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

The Rabbit Hole

The rabbit hole that is the art of Tai Chi is frightening. Many want it but ask them to commit and jump into the rabbit hole and they run scared. Well, can’t blame them. What is intangible is difficult to appreciate. So you can’t really ask people to commit to learn something they have little idea of though they may think they know a lot about it.

Sometimes, its better to go through different experiences before one can appreciate an old man’s art. So its the case with a former, brief student, A, who came back after 4 years. I remember a person stout in body from MMA training. But the passing of years can lead to changes and it was a thinner, less muscles and much wiser person who came back.

I enjoyed listening to what he had gone through what with MMA and WC training. Injuries can lead one to grow up quickly and reassess one belief system of short term practicality versus long term health. Its a trade-off for sure and the choices made today can either mean living with daily pain into old age or enjoy health. Its not a difficult choice once one has suffered some injuries that sidelined one’s practice. I anticipated this a long time ago hence my obvious choice to give up WC and move on to Tai Chi.

Quite a few interesting observations and conclusions were reached by A of his MMA training. One of which was a trade-off between refined control and cruder movements. Yet another was the ability to flow and respond without thinking versus a more restricted, albeit short term practical approach. Basically, I see it as what one wants out of the learning and whether one prefers short term versus long term results.

It was also good to hear of A’s visit and learning from my old classmate, MS, down under. To hear that MS told A to keep doing whatever it was he was doing after adjusting his WC structure was interesting. A told MS about learning from me. I wondered what MS’s reaction would be if A had told him that he only took 4 or 5 lessons.

We talked about a few other things and its time to go finalize dinner. So I have to end this here.


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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