over the many years that I have been studying and teaching the Chinese internal arts of health, healing, meditation and martial arts the more and more I realise that it is a road that is becoming less travelled by millions of people. Gradually I believe that there will only be hand full of individuals left who can actually teach and offer a high level of practice in the Chinese traditional internal arts.
Here in the west more and more people are aware of and just practice taijiquan has just a relaxation exercise and not a complete system of health, meditation and self defence, slowly the internal arts are being eroded away and watered down to look nothing like they were originally created for. Even
now more people are more likely to train in sport martial arts like Taekwondo or kick boxing mainly because it does not take to long to learn them. whereas, the Chinese internal martial arts can take many years of dedicated practice to reach a good standard of ability.
The way I see it, is that the training within the Chinese traditional internal arts of health, healing, meditation and martial arts will return back to the way that it was originally taught and that was to teach just one on one. Where a teacher would just choose to teach too just one dedicated individual and pass on his knowledge and internal art to someone who he could fully trust to practice and teach the full spectrum of the traditional internal arts, reach a high level of ability and who would then also pass it on to another. This is the only true way that the full quality of the Chinese internal arts can be maintained and also help to keep the full style alive and not vanish altogether.
One of my teachers once asked me if I could think of any other activity that could offer everything that the Chinese traditional internal arts could offer me even in old age. And I realised the answer was no I could not think of any other activity that had everything or more in it, which included the ability to maintain my health, the ability to heal other people, spiritually give me guidance and strength to go through life’s difficulties and to even give me the ability to protect myself and family.