Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Inner Transmission

My student asked why after training for a long time he cannot figure out those things I am teaching him.

I said the reason is simple. Many of such teachings are kept within the style so unless one happens to be selected to be given the info one will never get it. In addition, if the info is not transmitted in written but verbal transmission then all the more reason why most people will never hear of it much less read about it.

I pointed out that our 5-Count is simple in theory yet is difficult to master. If one simple force method is so confounding yet how does one master the super many types of force methods that is described in certain books on Tai Chi?

Our Tai Chi method revolves around key basics. Our core force method is but one. Any additional expressions of force are but different ways of applying the core force method. In this manner our art is at its heart extremely simple in approach. Yet once the variations kick in the art can be complex.

Understanding how the principles are practiced through the form and then applied in the manner they are practiced is a key function of the transmissions. These principles are consistent with principles of physics.

They are not the stuff of hocus pocus. If you research Tai Chi along certain lines of thought you will probably arrive at similar conclusions. The problem is most practitioners think in a narrow manner hence they can’t, nay refuse to see the light.

Many arts are the results of careful research, thinking and enlightenment based on learning and experiences. Hence, every art is valid and useful as long as one adheres to what which makes the art work well in the way it was designed.


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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