We all have problems sometimes, problems that seem to be so overwhelming they stop us dead in our tracks. Whether it is in the form of an opponent, an injury, outcomes of our actions, business pursuits or school we confront things that will get in our way. The Tao is in returning, by this it means to return to the source. In times of hardship return to what drives you. The why in your actions. Your reasons are what remind you of your path. Live keeping those reasons close to your heart and soon they’ll form a foundation for your life. Building a strong foundation in helping others is what practicing the Tao is all about, you cannot help others without a foundation for yourself.
Traditional Chinese Martial Art (TCMA) history has always been HIGHLY controversial! Chinese history itself is filled with legends and mystical stories so entangled with historical events that it is extremely difficult to separate the two. For example, it is extremely dificult for scholars to authenticate various authors of classical Chinese texts! Many historians debate the true existence of Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, and Huang Di. Even in other parts of Chinese history this problem is further compounded by the Chinese' cultural bias to name an originator of a technique, writing, or w/e under a previous master or other person. 'In Chinese culture it is more desirable to have antiquity instead of personal merit.' To take a serious look at TCMA, and the various masters that make up its history without keeping all this in mind and applying critical thinking is to be terribly naive.
While in Chicago I learned a lot about Chinese Medicine, healing, and Tai Chi Chuan from my mentor there. Being in college and working closely with Dr. Zayner helped me hone in on the purpose of my Tai Chi, and massage practice. I progressed in many ways and found lots of contradictions in my Tai Chi practice and the various other styles I had previously.
Faced with these contradictions it made me sink in and deeply evaluate what it was that I truly believed to be the purpose of Tai Chi Chuan in relation to my Kung Fu practice. The revelations I experienced during that time, and currently experience in the Tai Chi practice continue to shape the very foundations of my soul.
The greatest insight I had in Chicago, (although I didn't grasp its depth at the time) was the two main principles of my Tai Chi practice...
Daniel R. Hyde