No, I was not trying to be offensive. I can and have often been highly offensive when the occaission demanded it, but was not shooting for that this time. I can see no reason to be offensive in this type of situation.
Believe me when I say that if I had intended to offend you with my remarks, you would have had no room for doubt as to what my intent was by the time I was through.
If my remark about the "untrained observer" offended you, you will have to delve into your own reasons as to why it effected you that way. I cannot help you with that except to assure you that it was not my intention.
Unlike you, I do not know how "experienced" I could be called in the internal arts. I don't consider myself to be very good at them, certainly I need much more practice, but I believe I may be in a position to know them when I see them after a couple of decades studying about them with various schools, families and styles.
I have witnessed, with my own two eyes and not through second hand accounts from the distant past, sparring matches using exclusively TCC techniques by both participants. I've even been priviledged to participate in one or two such instances though I can't brag of any exceptional skill in the area.
I have also witnessed sparring between TCC adepts and external adepts. I have participated a few times in these type of things as well. Again, my win/loss ratio is nothing to brag on but I have never been in the art to become another Yang Lu Chan, I do it becuase I enjoy it and not really for any other reason.
Having had some small amount of personal experience in the matter, however poorly I performed, it may be that I am seeing things here differently than you are.
For one, I have no idea what you could be referring to when you state that Master Wu was off balance, and I have no idea where you ever got the idea that an internal strike could not be effectively delivered on the run.
Quite the contrary, actually. An internal strike can be delivered at any time, from nearly any position. Even when one is lying flat on ones back on the ground he can deliver quite an effective strike that has internal power behind it.
I've seen this demonstrated, and by one of Wu Kung Yi's own descendats, Wu Kwong Yu, the current head of the Wu family. I did not know, previous to his demonstration, that such a thing was possible. I doubt, sincerely, that I have the level of skill to do such a thing myself (no, I have never tried, I have a hard enough time doing those kinds of things with two feet solidly planted underneath me) but that does not mean that I don't know it can be done.
The Wu family practitioners that I have been priviledged to know taught me a saying for exactly this type of thing:
The more you know, the more you know that you do not know.
As for how an internal strike "look" to the observer:
You still have to extend your arm, make a fist and hit your opponent, whether you are using internal or external techniques this is the same. A hand strike still looks like a hand strike, even if there is internal energy behind it. I don't know what you thought you were going to "see" that would be so different but a strike just looks like a strike.
I certainly don't know any other way to strike someone with my fist other than to put it out there and hit the guy with it, but if you do I'd sure be interested in learning how.
However, as this topic has been explored ad nauseum on many forums, no concesus has ever been reached of which I am aware, I do not believe we will reach one here either.
Perhaps Bradeos, with his infinitely greater knowledge of Wu family Tai Chi Chuan, will have more telling ways of making things clear on the subject of how to visually tell the difference between an internally generated strike and one made using external techniques. However, I do not.
No two people will ever agree on what they have seen after they witness an event. We are living proof of that.
An agreement to disagree is perhaps the best that can be hoped for as you have made your disbelief in Master Wu Kung Yi's skill during this bout pretty clear. Since changing your mind has no real plus side for me...
I so agree.