Thank you, Cesar for providing that quotation.
I have been pondering it all morning, and...
I find I am in accordance with Wushuer's statement that-PRESENTED AS SUCH- with no other information to collaborate or provide further context, I don't really understand it myself.
It seems to collide with the quote DavidJ provided from Yang Cheng Fu < Not so slow that you lose the flow, not so fast that you lose the structure > , which personally , I find does make alot of sense as presented independantly, without further context.
These two quotes seem out of sync somehow, and made to chose, I would have to agree with Master Yang Cheng Fu's quotation.
As long as the 'FLOW' is maintained I don't see why it is no longer Taijiquan, just because it is slow.
And conversely, if executed quickly with the 'STRUCTURE' remaining intact, I also cannot see why it would no longer be Taijiquan. ( I do think it would require a real expert to speed up excessively and still maintain that structure, though) .
On the other hand I find that slowing down is quite easy, and very instrumental in teaching newer students the maintenance of 'flow'. I find that the thing I lose first when practicing slowly, however, is the sequence memory...I'm thinking sink this, push here, pull there, no momentum, remember the essentials,thread this, don't tilt, don't overextend etc.etc. ad infinitum! I definitely need to slow down to implement those 101 details. I find the flow(threading?) stops when I lose my concentration and don't implement some of the more essential aspects. But usually I lose the sequence first. It is also very difficult to slow down excessively, and think it would also require an expert practitioner.
That is only a students point of view on the subject.
I am curious to know what others have to say on this, and would also be very interested if someone could put James Fu's quote into context, and perhaps clarify the meaning underlying his statement.
[This message has been edited by psalchemist (edited 08-29-2003).]