As we were waiting for our turn to buy the prata I showed my student a clip that was posted this week of someone who deemed himself a master of Taiji and Wing Chun “inviting” someone to test his Taiji and getting pushed around.
I told my student that this master actually learned from my grandmaster so it was shocking to see him getting pushed around like this. But the point is this – it does not matter who you learned from if you don’t practice to realize the skills. From the clips that this person posted up I get the impression that he thinks he has the skills because he is capable of explaining well and showing decent fajing. But as this meeting showed this perception is but just that.
I have seen his explanations of things like the 3 Qi Rings and I know many are impressed. But what most people can’t see is that this master’s posture does not show that he actually has made the 3 Qi Rings part of his natural body posture and structure. So in a way I was not surprised to see him getting pushed around in the video which indirectly confirmed what I had seen.
I only hope that this meeting will spur him to train harder to really realize the fundamentals of the Taiji that our grandmaster passed down. Its easy to be seduced by the sexiness of the lineage but until we can actually make it mean something in push hands or sparring with outsiders we still have a lot of practice cut out for us.