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T'AI CHI MAGAZINE - December 2004

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December 2004 - Editor's Notebook
Huang Zhenhuan has taught for many years on the campus of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He had his first disciples and students in 1983 and established multiple teaching sites, including Beijing Ligong University, Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
He emphasizes Wuji Zhuang (no extremity stance) and Song gong (relaxation gongfu), as well as Taijiquan forms and theories.
Since the 1980s, he has received delegations from Japan, France, New York and Russia. In 1995, he was invited by the Asia Radio station of New England and lectured and taught Wu style T’ai Chi Ch’uan.
He feels the practitioner should first loosen their emotional mind (Xin Song), loosen their spiritual mind (Shen Song), loosen the wisdom mind (Yi Song), loosen the breathing (Qi Song) and then loosen the physical body. He said loosening the physical body includes loosening the internal organs and the external parts of the physical body.
Cultivating Great Dao (Dadao), he said, is for nourishing physical life, understanding the meaning of human life and the universe and comprehending the natural pivotal function of movement and stillness.
Huang is said to have gained Yongquan gong (gongfu of the bubbling well acupuncture point on the bottom of the foot) Shenyi gong (expression and Mind gongfu) and Xukong gong (Insubstantial Emptiness gongfu).
“He can Yin (lead in the opponent’s force), Hua (dissolve the opponent’s attack) Na (take control of the opponent so he cannot act) and Fa (moving the opponent off the ground and throwing him some distance away.”
Wu Ziyu, who wrote the Huang article, is a senior engineer who studied with Wu Tunan in the early 1970s and with Huang from the mid-1990s.

 Junfeng Qu and Todd McGown are disciples of Zhonghua (Joseph) Chen, a 19th generation practitioner of Chen style and 2nd generation practitioner of Hunyuan Taiji. They wrote:
“Although we barely scratch the surface of the intricacies of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method, we are trying to relay some information of interest to the curious readers who derive benefit from your publication. The translations of Hong’s writings came from the mouth of Joseph Chen and many of the concepts included in this article come from notes of his teachings.”
The Taijiquan Practical Method they refer to comes from Hong Junsheng, a highly regarded Chen stylist who studied over a long period of time with Chen Fa-ke. We have had a number of articles about Hong in the past, including those by Joseph Chen of Canada and Peter Wu of Australia. 

Zhang Yun completes his eulogy of Wang Peisheng, describing his studies, accomplishments and some of the difficulties he encountered in life. It is an interesting story. He studied with many teachers, had many skills and dealt with many challenges even at an advanced age.
 Zhou Lishang writes about the Li style of Li Ruidong. There are at least two Li styles, neither of which is as well known as the five main styles. Even in Beijing, Zhou found it was difficult to find a practitioner. In her first article about the Li style, she describes how it evolved and some of its basic principles based on her interview with Ma Jinlong, the chairman of Beijing Li Style Taijiquan Association.
The article provides interesting insights into the cross-fertilization that occurred among many martial arts in China. One of Ma’s teachers was Wang Peisheng, whose life is described in this issue. It also is interesting to read how martial artists made friends and also how they made enemies. 
  Al-Waalee Muhammad is founder and chief instructor of Transitions Internal Arts Institute in Houston, TX. He specializes in T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Xingyi Quan and Bagua Zhang. 

Carol Croskery, Ed.D., LPC, is a retired public school teacher/administrator with a background in instrumental music. She is currently a psychotherapist with a private practice that focuses on parenting issues and child/adolescent behavioral and emotional difficulties. She is the mother of two adult children and has one grandchild. She makes her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is an active T’ai Chi practitioner.
 Chen Zhankui is a professor in the physical education and research department at Peking University, Beijing. He is a trainer of a high-level phase of Chinese Wushu and is a 19th generation registered disciple of Chen’s T’ai Chi Ch’uan. He is also director of Wushu Research Association at Peking University.
He gives multiple dimensions to the T’ai Chi symbol, sometimes referred to as the two fish. There are multiple meanings for every element of the diagram. There are other diagrams that represent the concept of T’ai Chi and some prefer the other diagrams representing the Yin Yang forces operating with the circle. He helps enlarge the understanding of Wuji and T’ai Chi and how they interact.

 There were a couple of interesting responses to the Letters to the Editor comments by Jonathan Shear and myself about Alex Yeo’s discussion of meditation. Letters to the editor can be valuable contributions to the discussion of various aspects of training and they are encouraged. But the column should not become a theater for personal agendas, whatever the intention.
In situations like this, I like to refer back to a visit more than 30 years ago to a cemetery in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, where one of the early Zen teachers in the U.S. is buried. On the back of the tombstone of Nyogen Senzaki, who died May 7, 1958, is an inscription:

“Friends in Dharma. Be satisfied with your own heads. Do not put any false heads above your own. Then minute after minute, watch your steps closely. Always keep your head cold and your feet warm. These are my last words to you.”•

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