In the 22-form lies the keys to unlocking the art and skill of Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. It is the clearest and most defined method of mastering Tai Chi that I have personally learned.
As such, the principles and mind training methods transmitted by Grandmaster Wei Shuren is a true cultural heritage. They are unique, outstanding and most important, the results can be achieved by anyone who is prepared to put in the time and effort to master the art.
The practice of the form alone will give you, at least it has to me, a lot of enjoyment not just for the exercise but for the stimulation of the little grey cells. The creator of Lao Liu Lu (老六路) may not know anything about computers, much less Augmented Reality.
However, the creator has certainly configured a form that trains your mind and intention in a manner similar to the mind-body interaction possibilities offered by the development of Augmented Reality today.
I do not know how many times I have played the form since the day I first learned it but I have certainly not gotten bored of it yet, at least not whilst there are still layers to peel back in the journey into the internal, like what Professor Richard Feynman wrote in the chapter The Value of Science in the bestseller “What Do You Care What Other People Think?” :-
Out of the cradle
onto dry land
here it is
atoms with consciousness;
matter with curiosity.
Stands at the sea,
wonders at wondering: I
a universe of atoms
an atom in the universe
To some the above may read like gibberish and it probably is. But as Professor Feynman pointed out about the value of science :-
This value of science remains unsung by singers: you are reduced to hearing not a song or a poem, but an evening lecture about it. This is not yet a scientific age.
Perhaps one of the reasons for this silence is that you have to know how to read the music. For instance, the scientific article may say, “The radioactive phosphorus content of the cerebrum of the rat decreases to one-half in a period of two weeks.” Now what does that mean?
Similarly, you can read about the Lao Liu Lu (老六路) or even hear praises about it. But until you practice and achieves genuine insight you will never know its true import. Again, to quote Professor Feynman :-
We have found it of paramount importance that in order to progress we must recognize our ignorance and leave room for doubt. Scientific knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of certainty – some most unsure, some nearly sure, but none absolutely certain.
To this I add that I was once ignorant but I saw the light, recognized it for what it is – an illumination of the path – and I followed it with uncertain steps.
In the beginning the further I stepped the more uncertain I was until one day, years later, I was more certain, more sure of where the path is leading. Today I continue walking to an end that I am absolutely certain I do not know where it leads.
If the Lao Liu Lu (老六路) be your karma then I hope that the 7 Brief Lessons be the lighthouse to guide you onto the path of enlightenment.
Thank you for reading the 7 Brief Lessons and may the gods of Tai Chi smile on your endeavors to Master Tai Chi Today.