The Internal Arts
The Internal Arts are based on the philosophy of Confucius, as well as Daoism and Buddhism. That makes them special in terms of exercise and fitness, as they also offer lessons on living peacefully with other people in our society. Every time I practice Tai Chi, I am thinking of balance, beauty, tranquility, and many other principles that translate into a more peaceful and harmonious society.
Many of our Western fitness programs separate us into individuals where competition is the motivating force. I think we all know how to take care of ourselves. What we lack is willpower, intent, and commitment.
Confucius said, “Shall I teach you what knowledge is? When you know a thing, to recognize that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to recognize that you do not know it. That is knowledge.”
I believe we are all special in one way or another. We just need to slow down and look to see what this specialness is. We who practice Tai Chi and other Internal arts know how this study provides an opportunity to explore our unique inner self. Don’t waste your time. Get to work!
Choy Family System
I have been getting quite a bit of feedback lately on this video, especially since my Tip last week on Evolution of Tai Chi Chuan. This video shows how Yang Style Tai Chi evolves from father to son. Choy Hak-Pang was my teachers father and a student of Yang Chen Fu, the grandson of the originator of Yang Tai Chi. Choy Kam-Man then toned it down somewhat, and finally Frankie Choy brought it closer to what I learned and now teach.
If you haven’t viewed this video, I think you will enjoy the historical value of this.