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T'AI CHI MAGAZINE - April 1994

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April 1994 - Editor's Notebook

Over the years, we have tried to make gradual and consistent improvements to the format and content of T”AI CHI Magazine. We have had some success doing this, although we would like to do more.
Last issue we had our first color cover with considerable favorable response. This issue we are including color with the cover article and going to a glossy paper format that we hope our readers will like. This hopefully will make the magazine appear more professional and interesting to the increasing number of people who are practicing TAI CHI or who are interested in it.
For many years TAI CHI was, to some degree, a personal, specialized publication in which readers and authors shared their ideas. We hope to support that kind of personal energy, even as the format has a more professional format to reach out to more people.
The growth of TAI CHI Magazine reflects the growth and interest in Tai Chi Chuan and we will continue to try to foster that growth. The existence of a professional magazine devoted to Tai Chi Chuan will help to validate Tai Chi’s value and give added credibility to teachers. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

The interview with Daniel Y. Wang presents an approach to Tai Chi from an experienced martial artist with a background in a number of internal and external styles. He teaches the major styles of Tai Chi, including an interesting small frame style.
He feels it is important for the practitioner and the art that the spirit of the movements and Tai Chi itself be an integral part of the practice.
He makes a point that is embraced by many others that learning for self-defense is also good for health and can elevate one’s sense of well being.

Sophia Delza brings to this issue an excerpt from a translation of Ch’en Kung’s well-regarded book. He writes with authority and good experience. The martial amplifies information useful to all styles.
The translation was accomplished with considerable investment in time and money by Sophia Delza.

Dong Zeng Chen, son of the late Tung Huling, is based in Hawaii and in an interview discussed a method of training with Peng, Lu, Ji and An. This same method could be style to give focus and special skills.
Ted W, Knecht’s article brings to light a different meaning for some of the standard names for Yang style movements. Knecht studied in China and has excellent Chinese language skills, which he uses to translate texts.

Dr. W. Zee, a longtime Wu stylist from Shanghai who is currently visiting the U.S., writes of some studies of the healing benefits of Tai Chi practice. Some of the studies are currently underway. He is a retired cardiologist.

Luke Chan, who writes about using Tai Chi to reduce stress in daily life, is author of the novel, “Secrets of the Tai Chi Circle.” In his article, he talks about the importance of going to a higher level of practice that involves using the mind more completely. With the continual emphasis on physical skills, sometimes the use if the mind in practice is neglected and often misunderstood.

In this issue, the problem of knees is again discussed, J. Justin Meehan, a longtime practitioner, presents his views in a letter to the editor as does Stephen A. Higgins.
Since Tai Chi attracts many people who are not martial artists or athletic, it is important that they understand clearly how to avoid knee pain and injury. This is especially important since it is not always clear to them as beginners how they should use strength in their legs.
It is appropriate that people continue to comment on this problem so that there is continual education among teachers and students to avoid knee problems or to avoid aggravating pre-existing conditions.

We would also like to thank the people who called and inquired about our safety following the Jan. 17 earthquake in Los Angeles. It was certainly a moving experience for everyone on Los Angeles. And we are still rocking and rolling from aftershocks. Fortunately, we have not suffered any damage and have been able to continue our work for you. Thanks for your concern.


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