Classical Wu Style Tai Chi and other martial arts


Master Hwa: “You know this is all individual.
You know, we practice the form and we can reach a certain stage and this is called Mastery.
You know you can learn and do the form so that every move is internal, that you don’t
have to think (about what comes next) . You know at that stage, you are mastering the
form, BUT with martial art application, there will be no mastery. With martial art applications
there is endless improvement. So it’s harder to compare one to the other. ” “You know when the first Tai Chi master went
to Beijing most Tai Chi was in the countryside, and people don’t know that much. So he went
to Beijing, liked to challenge people and beat up everybody. So he went to one master
there and wanted to challenge him, “Oh, I know you are better than me now” the master
said. The challenger said “Please let’s just do some”. He just wanted to try it out on
other martial artists. Sincerely, not to just build the name, so he begged the guy. “Let’s
do something” “So in that sense, at that time, he beat up
everybody, there is no other martial art that can beat him, Certainly at that time, consider
your knowledge, that is another thing, people do not know about Tai Chi. So people may not
have developed a way to counteract it.” “Now if you know Tai Chi like in the fight
between Wu Gong Yi and the other guy. Now both sides know each others art very well.
Now, I’m sure they both develop a strategy to counteract the other guy’s strength. Now
the other guy, if you watch the video (click here for LINK). Now I know (pointing to Jim)
you watch it many times, you find (the other guy an “external” White Crane martial art)
he changed the way, in other words, he doesn’t use momentum, body momentum at all. He knows
the Tai Chi is really good to counteract momentum, body momentum. Body momentum, that is what
Tai Chi is really good at. And he just chopped away, just using his arms, so there is no
body momentum…remember that? There was just a flurry of arms without any body momentum.
Certainly in that way, he cannot develop all the power and so forth. At least he tried
to avoid being thrown by the Tai Chi. In that case Wu Gong Yi is not using Tai Chi, you
cannot blame him, because the guy is not using body momentum. So at that time (and even today on Youtube)
people are saying how come Wu is not using Tai Chi? So he is not using Tai Chi and so
everytime, he has to block. So he is using this (side of the hand) and hitting him (on
the arms) and after awhile. So after awhile, the guys arms got tired because the muscle
got hit. So he, himself, goes in and hit his nose (he walked into Wu’s blocks and his nose
started bleeding profusely). You cannot blame him for not using Tai Chi because the other
guy does not use body momentum (he moves, I move, if he does not move, I do not move).
So the guy did this with his arms and Wu did this to block him, block his chops. One of
his hands he cannot raise or something.”

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  1. Thank you for posting but I could not do it justice. Master Hwa does have an instructional push hands video and it was glowingly reviewed in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts;2008, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p75. The article reviews the DVD release of the instructional video "Classical Tai Chi Series: Tao of Martial Arts Applications," Vol. III, by Stephen Hwa available at his Classical Tai Chi website.

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