|Soft/Hard: The Two Sides to Tai Chi|
|Written by Leani Wessels|
|Wednesday, 03 December 2008|
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Master Tony Chan has a mission.
To pass on his superior knowledge in Tai chi chuan and ensure the survival of this age old form of martial art.
Master Chan was one of the 5 disciples chosen by his Master to be taught some of the secrets of Tai chi chuan. 5 Disciples for 5 styles of the martial art: Cheng, Yang, Wu Hao, Wu Chuan yu and Sun style. 40 years later Master Chan is passing on what he has been taught of the Wu style to his own disciples.
By training others, Master Chang is trying to save some of the secrets which have existed for generations, from being lost.
Master Chan explains:
"It is a philosophy of life"
Like many others of his generation, Master Chan started Tai chi to improve his general health. But, after 7 years of studying the basics when his Master chose him as a disiciple, it soon became clear that Tai chi consists of more than mere moves.
Philosophy plays an integral role in this martial art.
Tai chi chuan developed over the years as philosophical and traditional martial art techniques were combined to achieve the "ultimate" form of self defense, literally translating to mean "supreme ultimate fist." Master Chan explains that with Tai chi the weak can defeat the strong, and the strong can become even greater:
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