Calling a Spade a Spade 2

Part 1 of this post can be found here.

Have you figured out how GM Tsui did the trick of apparently using no force?

Let’s take a close look this time. At 0:22 GM Tsui has a difficult time trying to lift his right arm up because he was fighting the student’s force head-on. The student had the advantage of gravity on his side. You can observe this from the picture below :-


Pretty clear huh?

OK, moving on at 0:26 where GM Tsui did his magic can you see what is happening?




After viewing the three sequential photos above it should be quite clear how GM Tsui pulled off the trick. If its still not clear go back to the video in the first post. This is a good test to see how well you understand what internal is or is not about.

I’ll give you a hint – take a look at page 169, TaijiKinesis Vol 2. That model is a contraption commonly seen in children’s playground. Go back to the video of GM Tsui and take a careful look. Then close your eyes and imagine that contraption is GM Tsui’s arm. Can you visualize how it would work to allow GM Tsui to achieve the following :-

i) Effectively neutralize the downward pressing force of the student

ii) Able to move his arm upwards and forward with no effort

There are of course some other factors at work which can be seen in the video. It does not take years of training to figure out what is happening. You just need to get over your romance with style, lineage, ancestor-worship, sifu-ass-licking, etc and you will be able to see clearly.

The path to Master Tai Chi Today calls for us not to be deluded. Neither should we be afraid to question. Otherwise, the only foolish person at the end of a failed journey to master the art is you. As for the teacher he just laughed all the way to the bank.


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