he died at 53 - how?

Postby DavidJ » Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:09 pm

Hi All,

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Postby rvc_ve » Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:58 pm

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Postby Louis Swaim » Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:31 pm


Statements beginning with “I heard” fall into the category of hearsay. I suppose that technically the account Dr. Mei Yingsheng relays from Fu Zhongwen could also qualify as hearsay, but it has the advantage of coming from a named contemporary source, and one who was likely a firsthand witness. In any case, Dr. Mei’s article addresses the greater issue of longevity, and the sometimes-unrealistic expectations people may have of taijiquan’s health benefits. Those benefits are demonstrably great, but realistically, environmental and genetic factors can ultimately determine the length of one’s life.

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Postby rvc_ve » Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:05 pm

I guess most people have a hard time believing that Taijiquan masters, depite all their skill, are still human!

They can still get sick and die, and this does not, in any way diminishes their achevements as martial artists and wise men.

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Postby mls_72 » Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:30 pm

Fu Zhong Wen told me that Yang Chen Fu went on a trip and came back very sick and that his skin turn to a yellow.

I told fu Zhong Wen I was curious because alot of people expect taiji people to live a long time. Fu zhong Wen was 94 at the time before his untimely passing.

Now that I saw that someone wrote about bad water and sanitation, I really believe that may be the case.

The spirit and principles of taiji are timeless than our impermanent selfs. We should strive to learn the deeper aspects of our taijiquan and our own immortality than focus on someone elses death. We should celebrate Yang Chen fu's taijiquan, life, accomplishments, and ideas.
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Postby Polaris » Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:35 pm

We'll all die of something...
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Postby Wushuer » Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:41 pm

Yes, no one here gets out alive.
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Postby JerryKarin » Thu Apr 01, 2004 7:13 pm

Nice post, mls_72.
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