<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Erik:
Frankbabyuk - you said "...as long as it works." Please define "works" in the context of a discussion about Yang Shaohou. Yang Shaohou had a reputation for being one of the meanest Taijiquan fighters in any Taiji styles' history. Are you refering to fighting ability when you say "works"?</B></font><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
If your form applications work on an opponent without you having to sacrife any of the posture requirements and principles of Tai Chi Chuan then you can say it "works". Would you agree?
N.B Of course, any technique that conforms to the posture requirements and principles of Tai Chi Chuan is valid, rather than just the techniques in the form, but those are the ones you practice on a daily basis, so it's a good place to start.