In his book On Tai Chi Chuan T. Y. Pang presents some interesting rules, which he with profound humour claim is to be forgotten...
Anyway, here they are:
- To learn Tai Chi Chuan, you must be sincere. Without sincerity, you will not be able to learn any art.
- To learn Tai Chi Chuan, you must be conscious of yourself both physically and mentally.
- To learn Tai Chi Chuan means to study yourself. You are the subject who is going to learn and it is you as an object which will be studied.
- Tai Chi Chuan as an art cannot be taught but has to be learned.
- You are going to learn a dance which is usually called the Form of Tai Chi Chuan.
- Tai Chi Chuan is more than its Form (or Forms).
- You learn Tai Chi Chuan by practicing the Form. Without doing it every day, no one can master it.
- Tai Chi Chuan can be learned as a physical therapy, a dance, a means to improve one’s health, a self-defense art; it is a living philosophy.
- Tai Chi Chuan is a very creative art, but you must learn to be the creator.
- Tai Chi Chuan teaches you HOW TO LIVE, but it is up to you to live the way you want to live.
- Tai Chi Chuan is not a science, but it may be studied scientifically. However, it should be practiced as an art.
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