My name is michael and I am joining this forum in the hope to share in the collective global wisdom and passion about the internal martial arts that you all seem to have. I fell in love with the arts when I was a kid and like many of you have been involved in various systems over the years. More than a decade ago I got interested in the internal arts paticularly standing still and then taiji. I spent so many hours standing still in my back yard that the earth was compacted nicely and the grass couldn't grow...lots of fun
then along came taiji.
Managed to stumble upon erle's system via a video in a kungfu shop in the fortitude valley and got pointed in the direction of one of his student from the 90's. On experiencing the martial side of the art demonstrated I was hooked. From what I've read on the net this is a controversial system with supporters, detractors, those that couldn't care less or those that have been there done that. I would loved to have met erle in person, just once, as he gave so much to so many.
Like I said before, my teacher was a senior student in the mid 90's and for a period served as chief of training with erle, I think he spent around 14 years training with him. Having never met or trained with erle myself, my only exposure to taiji besides a little Wu style form has been through my teacher and after just shy of 30 years of constant training I would consider him a master in his own right, though he will likely never be publicly or formerly recognised as such. Well, I'll just say that the art I'm shown whether it is taiji or not, rocks. There are so many nasty, brutal yet beautiful techniques in this form of taiji that it will take me a life time or more to own.
So I am currently exploring the feet, inches and the beyond of every technique, skill and method in the system and I love that beyond the martial aspect, I can use it tune in. I am trying to keep a YouTube log of my studies and go by the same user name; I am no master thats for sure but I do love it and I'll keep practicing no matter what. We only train slow form, push hands and some martial forms and I felt to get the most out of the art, it was time to disect and explore, understand and refine the energies and skills inherent in the forms. So I practice all aspects of the art I am taught exactly as I've been shown but I also come up with my own drills that try to isolate a skill or a skills set and drill them into the body. This usually includes pad work, slow solo drills, partner drills using peng jing and fajing training.
Alot of you will be way better than I and I hope I am not judged too harshly for my postings, yet at the same time I hope that I can contribute to and be involved in this online communitity in a positive honest no BS kind of way.
I only teach what I was taught. All I have added are the tiger claws....AW