I believe in secrets, but I believe there are many fewer secrets now than there used to be. In fact, I would say that what I have encountered publicly would be surely be enough for a lifetime of study. If I include Push Hands, I would have no trouble at all putting together a four-hour practice session that still would not cover everything.
I also think that in traditional China, it was very difficult to ask a teacher an unsolicited question; whereas now, that may be possible or even encouraged, at least in the west.
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Yes, we certainly have choices. But the choices may be accompanied by confusion. With confusion, it is not easy to attain ti hui.</font>
I think this is very relevant for many serious practitioners at a certain stage. Taijiquan is often powerful, but subtle. People saying the same thing in different ways, or perhaps slightly misunderstanding a principle can create much confusion.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Occasional conflicts in instruction may be clarified or resolved with discussion boards or e-mails.
As I understand it, that was indeed one of the reasons for createding this board.
[quote]I happen to have fallen within the Yang camp. I have gravitated to Fu Zhongwen’s manual since, aside from giving the most detailed instructions, its Important Points integrate physical movements with Taijiquan principles.
I think that is an excellent choice. His book has some things I have not seen anywhere else, at least in English.
For those wanting to standardize on the Association's form, I would also strongly recommend the teaching DVD's offered on this site. I would also recommend strongly attending at least one seminar and/or seeking out a good teacher or practitioner at least once in while who can give in-person feedback and clarification.