Tai Chi Chuan as an internal art is continually being redefined and it was apparent that last month Wang Peisheng was adding substantially to the definition.
Wang, who was brought to the U.S. from China by Pat Rice for the A Taste of China seminar, taught an approach that focuses on using the mind to direct the qi (ch’i) at various acupuncture points to activate the jin (internal strength).
This is different from many other concepts. It may be unlikely that a beginning student is going to be able to make much use of linking up the acupuncture points until after getting some experience learning a form and gaining a knowledge of acupuncture. It still helps to know.
Wang’s insights and approach immediately drew the attention of many experienced practitioners who were fascinated with some of the techniques he discussed.
Another aspect that Wang emphasized is that Tai Chi Chuan is Yin and Yang and Yin and Yang are Tai Chi Chuan. In a way it is obvious but in a way it is not. He also made the point that Yin and Yang complement each other in various ways.
Among Tai Chi Chuan practitioners and in life in general, we sometimes reject others who are not like us or do not practice our style. Or we look down at others we feel are not at our “level” of skill or understanding.
In reality all these “others” complement us and are necessary to us, just as Yin and Yang are necessary to us, just as Yin and Yang are necessary to each other. We are all related to each other. This something we have to relearn again and again.