This is the 25th year that T’AI CHI Magazine has been publishing. Our cover reflects only a few of the back issues. We had planned to include additional material about the past year of publishing, including some articles, but there was a lack of space and there were some important articles that we felt should go in this issue.
Hopefully, we will have the time and additional space in other issues this year to highlight some of the important events, authors and articles that we have covered since 1977.We would, however, like to thank our readers for their support over the years. We also appreciate the support from the many authors who have contributed over the years. They have helped many practitioners improve their practice.
The article by Peter Wu in this issue is important for a number of reasons. He is a highly regarded Chen stylist teaching in Melbourne, Australia, and has compiled a lengthy article about Chen Fa-Ke, one of the leading Chen stylists and one of the leading Tai Chi Chuan practitioners of the last century.
The article is important not only for the information about Chen Fa-Ke and Tai Chi Chuan, but also for the information about other masters associated with Chen Fa-Ke. It also helps to provide greater understanding of Ta Chi Chuan culture.
There is more to Tai Chi than doing movements or acquiring self-defense skills. There are insights, patterns of behavior and ethics that provide a framework for the art.
Understanding the milieu of Tai Chi Chuan, regardless of your own culture preferences, can help you to approach your practice with greater insight.
Tu-Ky Lam of Wellington, New Zealand, has something insightful and useful to say.
In this article, he writes about the Yin and Yang aspects of T’ai Chi and how they affect just about every part of Tai Chi practice. Understanding Yin and Yang is the first commandment of Tai Chi and understanding the depths of these aspects never ends.
Wang Ming Qun, writing about the Tai Chi ruler, describes one of a number of methods that have recently become known in the West. Others include Tai Chi staff and Tai Chi ball.
A book listed inthis issue describes the use of the Tai Chi stick and Tai Chi ruler. It is from Feng Zhiqiang and Wang Fengming.
Wan Ming Qun is the deputy director of the Martial Arts Committee of the Physical Education Science Association in Jiangxi Province, China.
Warren Haber, a student of the late Sophia Delza, writes about her hip displacement in a theater accident and her extraordinary recovery.
She was one of the few individuals who, once having learned Tai Chi Chuan, never ceased in her love and practice and, not the least, in her teaching.
I met Sophia twice. Once was with a friend at her studio in Carnegie Hall. After her class, she chatted with us about Tai Chi and her method of teaching. My friend said she was amazed at the vitality of Sophia.
Another time, I called her when I was in New York, and she invited me to her studio-home in the historic Chelsea Hotel. She talked at length about her studies and her efforts to hve a friend translate many materials from Chinese to English. Some of them were later published in T’AI CHI Magazine.
Flavio Daniele teaches internal martial arts in Bologna, Italy. He has been practicing martial arts since the end of the 1960s. He studies with George Xu and Wang Hao Da. He gives interesting insights into relationships of mind, energy and body in the practice of Tai Chi.
Ross Chafetz and Bill Gallagher write about some considerations for students with neurological impairments. Chafetz teaches an elective class on the clinical applications of TaiChi to physical therapy students at Columbia University in New York City. He has practiced Tai Chi for over 15 years.
Doug Woolidge is a Wu stylist and teacher of Chinese language in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. He has translated a number of valuable materials into English.
Dr. Paul Lam of Sydney, Australia, is a regular contributor to T'AI CHI Magazine and writes in this issue about similarities and differences between the Chen and Sun styles.
The two styles vary widely in the manner in which they are executed. His description contributes to an understanding of basic principles and underlying all styles.
William Ting (Ting Kuo-Piao) writes another insightful article about the internal aspects of T’ai Chi. Ting is based in Mount Laurel, NJ.
He is from Shanghai and teaches a system called Wu Ji Jing Gong T’ai Chi that is popular there. In this issue he writes about the relationship of expanding and relaxing and how one helps the other.
David Newman writes about his experience taking a seminar with Yang Zhenduo after having studied with another teacher for 10 years. It was an interesting learning experience for him.It is difficult for students to learn a different system, even if the new system is basically a “cousin” of the previous system.
Sometimes a student cannot accept something new that his teacher tells him because he has developed a fixed idea of how Tai Chi should be. Learning requires flexibility, an open mind and the willingness to experiment.