Interview with Grandmaster Ip

accepted Master Ding as his first disciple, the sixth Generation of the Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.)

Master Ding : Where there differences in the Yang style Tai Chi form when you began to train under Master Yang?
Grandmaster Ip: Previous to learning under Master Yang it was very obvious that there were differences in my Yang style Tai Chi form. As a result of this I had to relearn the whole form. Master Yang's movements were simpler to the eye, yet had focused precision to match. Even though the movements seemed simplistic, the traditional form was more difficult to master as it involved many intricate subtleties needing only very small movements, which can hardly be noticeable by eye. When he was correcting me, Master Yang often told me that he was screwing my structure down. In other words he was reinforcing the structure so that it could enable the Chi(or Qi) power to be more concentrated and thus more projected. Practicing the corrected form brings quicker results.

Master Yang also expressed that if the form's postures and movements were not correct whatever time and energy is put into the practice, the effort is wasted. It can be likened to pouring water into a bucket full of holes. Water cannot be retained in the bucket, so therefore time and energy put into filling the bucket

that can never yield the desired results. Practicing the correct form ensures that the time and effort put into the practice is not wasted. Each practice helps to concentrate and harness the power a little more i.e. the bucket without holes can retain water without loss each time it is filled a little.

Master Ding: What other differences are there?
Grandmaster Ip: The traditional Yang form has more meaning and enables me to cultivate more power quicker. The Chi energy is more focused and direct, hence more effective for self-defense application. The form uses numerous circular movements within various postures through the use of hip movements. The previous forms that I had learnt have no depth and meaning. Correct weighting is also very important. Practitioners should ensure that the weighting within forward postures should always be 70/30 (70% of the weighting on the front and 30% of the weighting on the back) and should never be double weighted i.e. 50/50.

I have also observed that a number of Yang style forms are often too relaxed and flowery. Traditional Yang style postures are simple and contain various subtleties incorporated within them. Practitioners should always seek out Masters who can demonstrate and show such levels of teachings. Without it, people

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