Vol. 13, No. 1
In Tai Chi Chuan, you don't learn just movements and techniques. Implicit in Tai Chi Chuan and any similar art are values.
In learning to yield, you also learn that you can win by yielding and also that you don't have to win all the time. In learning to root, you also learn that you must be flexible, too. In developing strength, you learn that it must be balanced with sensitivity.
In this issue, a number of articles address the importance of developing the right values.
Jon Loren discusses many ways that are helpful to know how to behave within the art and in the larger arena of life.
Benjamin Lo emphasizes the importance of perseverance and how it is even more important than patience. And he discusses the frustration that students and teachers experience.
You don't have to embrace a teacher's value. But you do want to be able to bring certain generous and strong values to your studies and be willing to learn additional values.
Developing these values is sometimes the hardest part of Tai Chi Chuan, emotionally and mentally. This because what we lack is often what is most challenged.
Many people quit because they cannot tolerate the difficulty of learning or because they do not get results fast enough. Others become arrogant because of their self-centered desire to be No.1. These are largely problems of values.
If students and practitioners can balance the development of their skills with the development of strong and generous values, they will get the most from their studies and give the most to their art.