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T'AI CHI MAGAZINE - August 1991

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August 1991 - Editor's Notebook

The next “master” who arrives from China was probably not known as a “master” in China.
The newest person to emerge as a T’ai Chi Ch’uan celebrity is probably too young and too unseasoned.

There is always going to be someone who deserves to be a celebrity but is overlooked because he or she doesn’t chase the limelight or is crowded out by those who do.

The next tournament push hands or forms champion may never compete again. He, or she, may retire from competition undefeated. Thereafter, he will become a judge or a celebrity even though he may even be under 30 years old.

The person, who implies that what he teaches is not known, taught or understood by other people, probably hasn’t been listening to other people.

Whenever you feel that your style of T’ai Chi Ch’uan is the best, remind yourself there is undoubtedly a better style and there are definitely people who can do it better.

Whenever you think your teacher is the best, the smartest and most skilled, think again. There is always someone better and always someone who will tell you his teacher is the best.

If you think your teacher has faults there is always someone with more faults.

Regardless of how much experience or knowledge you may think you have accumulated, remember you are always a beginner.

When someone does you a good turn, hope that you will know about it and appreciate it right away instead of realizing it perhaps weeks, months or years later.

Next time someone takes advantage of you, rest assured you will probably know about it right away.

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