Curious to hear your thoughts on PH as it relates to your XYLH training. I have never formally studied taiji, only picked up bits here and there in parks and from friends. Nor do I particularly feel the need to do so. But PH, especially the fixed-step variety, has provided me with some of my biggest ah-ha moments and I put it right at the center of my whole MA training. Do you think that playing PH meshes well with studying CMA other than taiji? If so, why don't more people in other arts do it? Should taiji and taijiquan theory have a privileged place amongst PH players?
I was thinking about this as I watched the "water taiji" guy in a recent thread...watching his body and hearing his explanations resonated strongly in my own body, but all the talk about the 4 jins left me cold...is it necessary to talk about PH in these terms? I'm certain taiji purists will say that it is, and will cling to their own interpretations of taiji theory...not saying they're wrong, just that I personally find a lot of value in practicing PH without playing a form or thinking in taijiquan terms.
Who else here plays PH without adhering to a traditional curriculum?
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