Bob: I began T'ai Chi in 1999 and that stage I knew next to nothing about it and just bought a Cheng Man Ching book in a second hand book shop and taught myself for about a year. Then I found out more by reading other books and became disenchanted by the brevity of the CMC form and wanted to learn the long form. I looked around in London where I was living at the time and tried several teachers who were truly awful before I came across Master Lu Jun Hai who is now 67. He is a 6th generation Yang Style practitioner and teaches the Yang Cheng Fu form with applications, as well as the usual broadsword, sword, Push Hands, the two person set, etc. He is also a 6th generation inheritor of the Mizong martial art, a hard/soft style, as well as being the 9th generation inheritor of Qing Ping sword and is I believe the only expert in that in the world. Among many other distinctions, he was formerly head of T'ai Chi at the Shanghai Martial Arts Academy. Here is a link to a biography of him. I studied with him for several years while I lived in London but it's difficult for me to commute there now from where I live. I studied the entire YFC form with him, including applications and Push Hands and also Chen style Taichi sword, which he taught at one stage as a 'one-off' for the class; he usually teaches the Yang style sword. Subsequently, I used Yang Jwing Ming books and videos for his Yang Ban Hou sword form, which I found relatively easy after the lessons in the Chen style, as the basic principles and fundamental stances are the same, and I also studied fencing as a boy. That's about my biography of T'ai Chi. At the moment, I am just practising every day, reading more about the subject, etc, as there are no teachers in my present locality that appear to teach anything authentic or reliable, so I am just concentrating on refining what I have already learned for the time being; hence, amongst other reasons, this posting of mine inviting comments. Kind regards, Simon.
QUOTE]Originally posted by Bob Ashmore:
Maybe a quick summary of your background in TCC would help.
It's hard to give a critique on someones form when you don't know their history.
How long have you been training? What exact style (lineage if known)? Who is your teacher?
These kinds of things will all factor into a "critique" and we don't have those as of now.
I would not tell someone who has been practicing for less than a year the same thing about their form as I would someone who has been practicing for twenty years.
I would not tell someone who practices Wu style the same things I would say to someone who practices Sun style.
These things make a difference in how your form is viewed.
Just some thoughts on the subject on this dragging Wodin's Day afternoon.
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