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T'AI CHI MAGAZINE - April 2000

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April 2000 - Editor's Notebook

Xue Nai Yin, born in 1954, started learning martial arts at an early age. They ranged from Shaolin Quan and wrestling to the internal arts such as Bagua, Xingyi, and Tai Chi Chuan. His Tai Chi teacher was Qiao Song Mao, who taught in the Wu style from the lineage of Wu Yu-Xiang.
He was born in Suntong Province but at the age of 16 his family moved to Fushun City in Liaoning Province. In January 1996 he immigrated to New Zealand, where he now lives in Auckland.
Xue is currently traveling in the U.S. in an effort to spread the teachings of the Wu style. This year he spent a number of months in Los Angeles, but plans in the next two years to spend time in New York City and San Francisco.

This issue also has some interesting responses to the Millennium Survey. Because of the good response, there will be additional responses printed in the next issue and possibly subsequent issues, as well.
In this issue are the comments of George Xu, Kenneth S Cohen, Dr Tingsen Xu, Bill Walsh, Joseph Chen. John Bracy, and Chun Man Sit. Each of them presents interesting insights into the obstacles we face in promoting Tai Chi, and each indicates that it has an important future in all countries.

Yun Zhang’s essay on Tai Chi’s 13 postures takes one of the fundamental but obscure aspects of Tai Chi classical theory and sheds some light on it.
He began learning martial arts in the early 1970’s, including Wu style, Bagua, Xingyi, and qigong from his master, Luo Shuhuan, and his grandmaster, Wang Peisheng.
He has been in the U.S. for about 10 years and has done part-time teaching first in Reno, NV, then five years in Princeton, NJ, and is currently in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of “The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship: The Manual of Taiji Jian.”

Miles Henderson of Australia has an interesting article about how the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra offered Tai Chi Chuan to over 300 cadets as part of their training. It got an unenthusiastic response from the cadets initially, but they later enjoyed it and the program was a success in many ways.

Dr Wen Zee responds to Kenneth S. Cohen about using qigong energy. Dr Zee has doubts about the ability to project qi externally and presents a balanced comments that helps shed some light on various aspects of qigong and extra-sensory perception.

Dr. Paul Lam of Sydney, Australia, has another interesting and insightful article. This time it is about how to improve the level of your practice. He gives some valuable suggestions and describes ways to feel and develop peng energy.

Vic Hackford of Jacksonville, FL, writes about his experience at a workshop and some of the insights he had for improving the way that he practices the Cheng Man-ch’ing short form.

Alex Yeo of Singapore writes about his experience practicing with his eyes closed and the benefits it produced. During recovery from eye surgery, he had to practice with his eyes closed.

John D. Pell, a martial artist since he began Karate in 1960, writes about his experience using Tai Chi Chuan to recover from multiple hip replacement surgery. He has been doing Tai Chi since the late 1960s. A retired San Francisco fire fighter, he was forced into retirement by degenerative arthritis in both hips. But he found Tai Chi Chuan helped with his recovery from surgery.

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