My remaining taiji training partners know that I can be tedious in repeating certain phrases and one of my favourites is "Taiji must be easy; after all even an old man like me can do it." On the other hand, this old man has been learning, practising and teaching Yang style taiji for many decades. Fortunately I can still remember that it wasn’t so easy for me at first. I had some perserverance but not much self-discipline in my early years of learning; I had some apptitude but not as much as I liked to think on my more arrogant days. I had some experience with hard styles at a recreational level; but the reality of fighting hadn’t been beaten into me sufficiently. I didn’t find out about the old Chinese adage “that not to beat is to cheat the student.” until much later.
Training seriously in the Chinese martial arts since 1973; accredited and teaching Yang Taijiquan since 1985 and Baguazhang since 1994.