Vol. 20, No. 1
In preparing this issue, I had to update the volume number, which this year is No. 20. Somehow that has a lot more weight than 19 or 18. It is a lot of years and a lot of hard work producing T'AI CHI, first as a newsletter and then as a magazine.
Needless to say, it is a labor of love, but it really doesn't seem to get any easier. It has been and always will be a very humbling activity as well as a very satisfying one.
Fortunately, there have been a lot of people who have helped along the way and continue to help. For that, I want to thank you. Also, there are a lot of people out there, many of whom don't know each other, who have been subscribers for many years, some as far back as 1980, or even before. Thanks for your support and continued interest. To everyone, I would like to express the hope that T'AI CHI will continue to provide support and encouragement to the T'ai Chi community for many years. It is a way for the community to share with each other.
Today the outlook for practitioners of Tai Chi Chuan is better than ever, but there are still the problems that everyone else has in the economy of the 1990s, which goes in fits and starts and never seems to be able to run very smoothly. Too many people work under too much pressure to even think of taking time to learn Tai Chi or to stay with it for very long. But that too will change.
In spite of the difficulties, T'AI CHI, the magazine, has grown significantly and I think that represents growing interest and participation in the U.S. And other countries. If you check the masthead on this page and the box at the bottom of the table of contents, you will see that we now have an e-mail address and a site on the World Wide Web. We will be uploading information to our site and you might want to check it out occasionally. I'll have more to say about it in a later issue.
In this issue we have some articles by and about interesting practitioner.
George Xu is a serious practitioner with a lot of insight and skill. We had a cover article on him in the June 1991 issue and he had a lot to say then, too. He trained for many years in Shanghai before he came to the U.S. And has a broad background in the martial arts. He has been instrumental in bringing a number of masters from China to teach in the U.S.
Bill Adams and Dr John Starr both have extensive martial arts backgrounds. Adams has been studying martial arts since 1967 and has two martial arts schools with over 500 active students. About 70 of them are enrolled in the CH program. Dr. Starr, who has studied Tai Chi with Adams for two years, had prior training In Tang Soo Do, Shorin-Ryu and Isshin-Ryu Karate.
Ted W. Knecht is a frequent contributor to T'AI CHI. In this issue he has two articles, which are very different. The one about alignment is a subject that appears simple but in Tai Chi is very complex and very important. The other article is about Xingyi, another internal art. It appears more forceful than Tai Chi, but it has many important similarities. Knecht has studied in China and is fluent in Chinese. He has translated a number of works from Chinese to English.
Patrick Lee is a new contributor to T'AI CHI. He teaches in San Francisco, and gives some interesting ideas about how students of any style can work to improve their insight and practice.
Dennis Willmont has been studying Oriental medicine and Tai Chi Chuan since 1971. Currently, he maintains a practice in acupuncture and Chinese herbs in Jamaica Plain, MA. He studied the Wu style with Li Li-ta in the 1970s, Yang style with T.T. Liang and Yang Jwing-ming. He has studied Xingyi and Bagua with Liang Shou-yu.
Don't put away this issue until you have read Warner D. Conarton's article on the energies he has found in his Tai Chi classes. I think everyone will recognize some of the people there and perhaps even themselves.