The more information becomes available about Tai Chi Chuan the more it becomes apparent that what is known about it in the West is just a fraction of what there is to know.
This is true not only in terms of knowledge, but also in terms of the actual experience that comes from daily practice.
This issue of T’AI CHI has a number of articles that make this clear.
One is the interview with Zhang Xia Xin, recently arrived from China, who has studied intensively with one of the top experts in China, Feng Zhiqiang.
Another is the translation from the French by Stuart Kohler of a chapter from a book by Catherine Despeux.
In the chapter of her book, she translated a number of important documents from the Chinese about internal energy.
It gives one of the most complete descriptions of internal energy that we have in French and now in English.
It is extremely important that information like this is made available to practitioners in the non-Chinese speaking world, even if they don’t aspire to be a highly skilled practitioner.
Firstly, it provides inspiration to those who want to be the best they can be. Secondly, it validates and gives substance to what the higher levels of Tai Chi Chuan are.
At present many practitioners’ goals are really indefinite because they have never seen or experienced higher levels of skill produced by the development of internal energy.
As fine as good health is as a goal, it can be self-limiting because it is so subjective. With more knowledge and experience, we will have a surer grasp of what we are about.