All weight is underside
- Jan 8, 2006
- Reaction score
- North American Tectonic Plate
I didn’t say I agree with Adam Hsu, but I do not disagree either, mostly because it is Adam Hsu.I can understand that reasoning, but at the same time I feel like that’s an admission that someone simply does not really know taiji. And maybe that is the simple truth, and most people who can use it are actually adapting the taiji forms into some other method. That gets to the heart of what I’m saying. I suspect taiji has its own methodology for doing that. I didn’t learn it so I don’t know what it is. But I suspect it is supposed to be there. It may actually look like some other systems, or not, I don’t know. But I would like to know what it is.
At any rate, if we walked into a taiji school and saw the students just drilling the basics, throwing punch after punch, kick after kick, but doing it according to some taiji theory and methodology, I think that would be interesting.
What I do know is that a lot of things simply do not work well when done on the wrong foundation. From what I have seen of Fukien crane or southern mantis, I think a lot of Tibetan crane techniques would not work well on those foundations, for example. The theory and expression of the techniques is simply different and in many cases is not compatible. So when people do taiji on a foundation adapted from another system, I wonder if similar problems exist. Perhaps it is functional, while at the same time it never reaches the full potential because it isn’t on the proper taiji foundation.
Honestly, I’m not sure if I am expressing my thoughts clearly. Doing the best I can.
Taijiquan is often combined with other things and yes it does lose something and sometimes what it loses is major, the entire relaxation part. Watch competition push hands (my first shifu had us doing this), it is a skill, but in my opinion it is not taijiquan, to much muscle against muscle. Do push hands with my shifu, Yang Jwing Ming, or for that matter Wang Rengang (Yiquan), and you will feel a major difference. You get taken off balance and sometimes you don’t even know how you got there, or you get qinna applied to you and in the case on my shifu, you don’t know how you got there, with Yang Jwing Ming I could feel it coming, but could not stop it, but it was relaxed. WIth Wang Rengang the same thing with being taken off your center, but then he adds the surprise (where the heck did that come from) back fist in your face. But none of them force anything.