<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Steveg219:
I would like to thank everyone on this list for creating such a positive environment. I have tried to find other communiites to communicate with on-line and found them to be like most other Internet "places" and not reflecting the true spirit of Tai Chi as I find here on this list!</B></font><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I also want to echo Steveg219 in his sentiments regarding the generous tone of discussion on this list...it is quite refreshing and gives me a feeling of being a part of a COMMUNITY of like minded enthusiasts who share the same love for our art!...
Regarding Da Liu's teachers, according to information on the web "In 1928, he began his study at 18 under Sun Lu-Tang, founder of the Sun School, Kiangsu Province. He later changed to the Yang style under Master Li Li Giu (sp?) in Hunan Province. Later he traveled to China's Szechwan Province, where he studied with a number of masters at Ch'ing Cheng Mountain's Taoist holy place."http://rtccc.hypermart.net/news.shtml
There is also a revealing interview of Tam Gibbs conducted by his T'ai Chi classmate, Bataan Faigao, and published in Baatan's short lived T'ai Chi Newsletter "Full Circle" in the early 1980's. Unfortunately I can't seem to find my copy at the moment, but to paraphrase, Tam said he began learning T'ai Chi from Da Liu in NYC (I believe in 1959) and was with him for several years. One day Da Liu mentioned to Tam that he heard that his teacher was coming to NYC from Taiwan. Tam asked who was the teacher? Da Liu answered, Prof. Cheng Man-ch'ing!
And, perhaps the clincher, Da Liu is indeed listed as a student of Prof. Cheng in a 1964 publication of the "T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academic Research Committee" in Taipei.
So, I think this certainly explains why Da Liu's form in his books so closely resembles Prof. Cheng's form.
Hope this helps!