Taoism & qi in taijiquan
Hi Chuangzu, I noticed your comment here and would like to request contributions from you in the taijiquan article. These valid aspects of taijiquan would add valuable insight into taijiquan in, perhaps, the philosophy section, which could use more input, as highlighted in the talk here. I hope for a positive response in the interest of improving the taijiquan article. ~ InferKNOX (talk) 12:42, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
Thankyou for your comments InferKNOX. Yes I wrote that some time ago but I have pretty much given up on getting my point across. Our Lee style T'ai Chi and related Taoist Arts are very firmly rooted in the Taoist tradition so personally I view lineage as a Confucian concept. Our style is not derived from the Chen Village Story but originates from Weihai in Shandong province in China. I think that T'ai Chi is not based on documents, writing or talking but is in fact an actual embodiment of Taoist philosophy and teaching techniques through the movements and exercises themselves. This seems evident from the opening paragraph of the Tao Teh Ching. I was recently reading a Facebook post about this very issue and a large proportion of those commenting in the group called The Kwoon on Facebook seemed to think that lineage was not an important issue in T'ai Chi. The history of particular T'ai Chi styles is of historical interest of course. What is more important to a student is the current ability of a particular teacher and not a report about someone who may have died a hundred years previously. I would have to agree that viewing a lineage of ancestry of various teachers from a particular style seems largely irrelevant to people visiting Wikipedia in the hope of learning something useful about T'ai Chi. In my view it is simply an attempt to promote a certain type of style which has gained popularity in China as a result of various social and political events which are well known. During the seventies for example Taoism and T'ai Chi in China suffered an enormous setback and even before this T'ai Chi was systematised and standardised according to Communist principles which are not related to T'ai Chi training as such. I have read one story for example of a visit to the White Clouds monastery in Beijing and how the monks there actually clock off at the end of the day and change into their normal clothing, it seems likely that they are there for the benefit of tourists and may not even be Taoists at all. Our style came to London in 1930 so has not shared in the simplification and systematisation of T'ai Chi styles that occurred in the 1950's. Few people enquiring about Taoism and it's links with T'ai Chi today will be aware of the true history of Taoism and T'ai Chi and it's related disciplines in China.Chuangzu (talk) 00:44, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
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