On my way to Taijiquan class a week ago, I tuned my radio to a station broadcasting a National Public Radio (NPR) called Sound & Spirit. The program was about spiritual resistance, and they were airing an interview with Steve Jackowicz about Taijiquan's attitiude towards resistance.
Jackowicz articulated quite a comprehensive and well-thought out theory of Taijiquan and how it relates physically, emotionally, and spiritually to everyday life. I differ with him on various points, but his view was so compelling that I thought it worth sharing.
In my opinion, both Jackowicz's interview and the entire one-hour program are well worth listening to. It was broadcast during the week of August 29, 2004 and can be accessed by clicking here.
. You will then have to scroll down to the proper week and click on "listen." If you do not already have Real Player, you will have to download the free software from the top of the page.
At about minute 13:50, the program talks about some related language from the Daodejing, talking about water, yielding, etc. At about minute 16:50, the interview with Steve Jackowicz begins. RealOne Player allows you to scroll to the precise second of the program you want to listen to.
If you cannot bear to listen to the program, you can order a transcript of the entire program at the same location. You can also read a transcript of just the interview at the same place or by clicking here
. In my opinion, both the interviewer, Ellen Kushner, and Steve Jackowicz, the interviewee, have wonderful speaking skills. Listening to the interview is much more inspiring than just reading the cold words on the page.
If anyone reads or listens to the program or interview, I would be curious about your reactions. I have not yet been able to listen to every component of the broadcast, but liked just about everything I heard. I am especially curious if Jackowicz' views are generally held.
[This message has been edited by Audi (edited 09-06-2004).]