Seeing this bewildering offerings of help (some free), some students take the route of hiding behind his own lineage door. "This is not what my lineage master told me, therefore it must be wrong". Some, keep on reading and trying, hoping that one day he can enter the speedy door. Unfortunately, both approaches fail. Every master is limited by his own learning experience. A good master of tai chi, like a master in any profession, has to update his own professional knowledge. On the other hand, any new trick without the required learning progress, cannot deliver good results.
I will use the concept of Jing (internal power) as an example.
The muscular theory of Jing is very simple: you focus on your extension muscles to move your limbs (and other parts of your body in sync) rather than your contraction muscles. When you push your arm forward, you focus on your biceps, and gradually extend them. Likewise when you pull it back, you focus on your triceps. As simple as this. The result is that you will get a sluggish chi sensation. And as a student, your responsibility is to make this process smoother and smoother, with your internal chi (sluggish) feeling stronger and stronger, and your body is more and more in sync (i.e. not exercising your arm alone).
But wait, this is not my teacher told me about Jing!
Hei, I tried it, but no jing, therefore it didn't work for me. Are you sure you understand the concept? Should you yourself find a good teacher instead?
I have told you, haven't I?
Tai chi is a personal sculptural art. You can rationally learn to appreciate Zhu Ming's tai chi sculptures, but you have to create your own tai chi sculpture using your body as raw material. No other way!
|Tai Chi - by world renown Taiwanese sculptor Zhu Ming|