Tuesday, October 2, 2007
T.T. Liang On Taiji San-Shou Form
Master T.T. Liang San-Shou Form
Dojo Rats On The Same Form
Here is the late T.T. Liang performing the Tai Chi Chuan 88-movement fighting form. Contained in this form are endless pieces of the Tai Chi Chuan puzzle that can lead to years of study and perfection. Every time our instructor, Michael Gilman, reviews the form with us we find an unlimited string of variations and subtleties that never fails to amaze us. This is where a Tai Chi Chuan student explores the potential of yielding and proper application of force. We are still in the learning stage on this form and have years to go to perfect it. Although I have learned literally DOZENS of Tae Kwon Do and Kenpo forms in my past arts, this is the most sophisticated form I have ever learned. Recently I had a controversy to deal with when our version of the form was posted on YouTube. Some guy wrote in and said that it wasn't San-Shou, and therefore I should take it down or re-name the video. He stated that San-Shou was fought in the ring to the knock-out. I thought about it for a while, and realized he had a point. Even though every Tai Chi Chuan master that has ever taught this form has called it "The San-Shou Form", I renamed our video the "88-movement Fighting Form". The writer who was offended used a Chinese name, and I got the impression he was writing from somewhere in Asia. Upon reflection, I think he might have been doing the same thing that MMA/UFC whiners do with their complaining about martial "ARTS" not proving up to their standards. Oh well...
As I have said before, COMBAT BRINGS NECESSARY PAIN, ART NECESSARILY BRINGS PLEASURE.
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