August 1997, Vol. 21, No. 4
Wang Hao Da is an energetic man who feels that even at 73 his T'ai Chi is getting better and better.
When Wang decided he wanted to study with Ma Yueh-Liang, he spoke with a friend who was a student of Wu Kongyi, Wu Chien Ch'uan's son. Wang asked him for an introduction to Ma to become a private student. But he said no because Ma didn't take private students.
Then Wang met a Mrs. King, a students of Wu Ying Hua, Ma's wife. Mrs. King was a district political leader and she spoke to her teacher for Wang. Ma then accepted Wang as a private student in the evenings.
Dr. Dorian Alexandrov, who wants to keep martial arts at a high standard of practice and skill, has studied T'ai Chi with Yang Jing Pin, Dr. Liu Jwing, and Roland Habersetzer, who respectively were students of Ma Hong, Feng Zhi Qiang, Yang Ming Shih, Chen Xiaowang, and others.
The author of six martial arts books and over 70 articles, he was a participant in the establishment of the International Wushu Federation in Beijing. He now leads the Golden Dragon School in Bulgaria and is honorary chairman of the Bulgarian Wushu Federation, Traditional Chinese Arts and Culture.
Tu-Ky Lam of New Zealand translates an article written in China by Ma Hong, who was featured in the June 1995 issue of T'AI CHI Magazine. Ma is a serious researcher about the Chen style and studied with Chen Zhaokui, son of Chen Fake. Relaxation is generally acknowledged as a central principle in the practice of T'ai Chi, but it continues to be one of the most misunderstood principles.
Dr. Brice J. Wilkinson has been teaching at Winona State University, Winona, MN, for 18 years and evidently has been keeping good notes because his article provides valuable information about how some injured or ill persons came to his classes and had surprising turnarounds that contradicted conventional medical prognostications.
It is not a bad idea for instructors to keep a record of the benefits that students show or tell them about. It is inspirational for other students and helps build support among students and people who might be able to refer people with certain conditions to T'ai Chi instructors.
The article about Emilio Gonzalez, a long-time survivor after having tested positive for HIV, is remarkable. He has studied T'ai Chi since the 1970s or maybe even before. He attended my classes in the mid-1970s for a couple of years before transferring cross-town in Los Angeles to study with my teacher, Kai-Ying Tung, with whom he has studied ever since.
After moving to San Francisco, he taught for many years. He developed an increasing interest in qigong because he has found it is more accessible than T'ai Chi for people seeking to improve their health.
Can qigong masters heal people by putting their palm on or over them and sending healing qi? Lao Cen discusses the phenomenon in an article about waiqi and tells of a Beijing scientist who has a theory for why it works.
Ken Cohen has been studying T'ai Chi and qigong for decades and bolsters his studies with his Chinese language skills and philosophic insights. His article gives some different perspectives that relate the essence of T'ai Chi to universal phenomenon.
Aristotle Hadjiantoniou tackles the problem of what is really the difference between external and internal martial arts. He has been practicing martial arts for many years and is not afraid to draw the line that he feels sharply divides the two.
Malik Lawrence provides a thorough and detailed look at how various structures, muscles and ligaments work together to help enrich the process of breathing.
Robin Johnson's article on the Wu Ji posture is important, if only because people who come to T'ai Chi are often geared to movement and may neglect the opportunity that a dynamic standing meditation can provide.·