Thanks! That's the nicest thing anyone's said about me in quite some time.
The only Tai Chi Chuan skill I have figured out that takes a long time do is standing with my knees pointing in line with my toes.
I've been working on that for about twenty years now and I'm quite proud of it.
That's all I've got. The rest of my TCC skills would stink on ice.
I'm like Yang Cheng Fu that way, "I'm not good yet, I need more practice", and I know it beyond a doubt.
The difference between me and the folks who make these types of claims is quite simply this:
If I make a claim to possess mastery of a skill, I'm prepared to back it up with proof that I have that skill.
So now I've said that I can keep my knees in line with my toes and I'll be willing to stand there and let any one of you hold my knees and toes to see if they're in line, any day of the week, just as often as you'd like. Now that I've made that claim I want any one of you to be certain in your own mind that I'm not faking it and only pretending to have my knees in line with my toes.
What I'm saying is really quite simple and I honestly don't understand why there's such a problem with it. Whether it's old chinese TCC Masters or young inner city Detroit gang youths, this philosophy of mine applies to anyone claiming to be able to do what is normally considered impossible. I don't discriminate, I apply this to anyone.
If you're making wild claims that people are going to have a hard time believing, and most especially if you want ME to believe them, than you'd best be willing to back them up with solid evidence.
Or more simply:
Either come prepared to prove your claims, or don't make them at all.
AND don't get yourself all twisted up in a knot when I ask you to prove them. YOU made the claims, all I want now is some verification.
Since I've been there and done that with this type of claim, and not gotten any verification but in fact quite the opposite, you'll just have to forgive me for not buying it at this time.
If you can find me one of these Masters who would be willing to let me and a few others hold onto various points in their body while they excercise this claimed skill, and they go on to prove the point by doing just what they said they can do, then and only then am I going to change my mind.
Maybe I ran into Masters who claim this skill and don't really have it. Maybe it is real.
But so far, nada.
As to coveting this type of Jade:
I've been to the mountings, I've looked at the Jade there and despite all the hype it turned out to be green tinted glass.
Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't Jade in them there mountings, it just means that all the Jade lying around the day I was there was fake.
Maybe somewhere in the world there's a mounting full of real Jade, but no one's shown it to me yet so you'll have to forgive me for being cynical.
All I can say after my trip is that all I've seen so far is green tinted glass and no Jade.
Since I find it difficult to get fired up by green tinted glass, I don't covet the so called Jade very much.
All that said, you guys rock on. Have a ball. Throw each other with your chi/jing/yi without moving. Don't let me stop you.
Stop on by some time, I'm in KY now. I'm easy to find, I'm with the Louisville Yang Chang Fu Center, they know how to find me. We'll practice a bit, we'll have some laughs, go out to dinner, have a couple of bourbons (I live where bourbon is born and raised), then you guys can show me this skill.
I'm really quite open minded. Just prove it to me and I'll believe.
That's an honest invite. Come on by any time. Just call ahead, we need to straighten up before we have company...
[This message has been edited by Bob Ashmore (edited 09-19-2006).]