On 15 Sep 2017 I began to read Carlo Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.
I love the book. As I read the first chapter I wondered why no one would write a brief summary or perhaps overview of Grandmaster Wei Shuren’s book on the 22-form.
I mean his book on the 22-form is a seminal work in Tai Chi literature. His follow-up books are also good but not as great as the 22-form book. This 22-form book practical has the most important information on this little known Yang style Tai Chi.
I have a lot of Tai Chi books. If I have to discard all but one the 22-form book would be the one I will keep.
Most readers would have a hard time making sense of the book even for the seasoned Tai Chi player. However, over the years since the publication of the 22-form book I have seen some masters who prior to the publication of this book have never displayed or talked about the use of intention suddenly acquire such skills. I mean this is a good thing though it would have been nice to give some credit to the source material.
Many of us have watched Grandmaster Wei’s videos and his wonderful, intriguing fajing skills. There’s tons of subtleties in what his demonstrations are showing as compared to those of people who learned it from his book, particularly the 22-form book.
Unfortunately, unless you are a long time student of the 22-form and has acquired the skill yourself it will not be easy to spot the differences. However lacking this is still a good thing as it elevates the skill level of fellow Tai Chi players. As the saying goes “a rising tide lifts all boats.”
The first lesson is a brief lesson in why Tai Chi is a beautiful art based on expressing the intention through the physical body. The second on Tai Chi as a style, the third about the mental and physical body structure, and the fourth on the use of the mind. The fifth is on how the training of the mind helps us to play games of strategies and the sixth on how mastery of the self leads to understanding of the use of opportunities by exploiting time and space. The final chapter comes back to our aspiration to master Tai Chi.
The journey to master Tai Chi is lonely and difficult for the mind is an elusive creature. One needs to strive and persevere. Never give up. Your desire and wish to master Tai Chi may yet come true. Soldier on.