I am featured as an attacker in the September 2013 issue of Taekwondo Times.
Mr. Steve Aldus, my tai chi chuan teacher, wrote an article for this issue explaining in detail some of the applications of the art he’s studied for more than 40 years. In this issue, he demonstrates several tai chi chuan moves on me.
Many times tai chi chuan is mistaken for an art without any practicality. However, I can tell you they are for real, and this issue helps illustrate that.
I have trained with Mr. Aldus for three years. But if my regular practice isn’t enough, being on the receiving end of these techniques during the photo shoot is enough, in my opinion, to understand just how effective tai chi chuan is as a martial art.
Take a look at the last application for “Pluck Needle from Sea Bottom,” and I’ll tell you it hurt just to breathe. Imagine that knee dropping at full speed and you’ll understand how damaging this art can be.
As Mr. Aldus talked to the photographer – Rock Tai, a transplant from Hong Kong whose dad is a revered martial artist – in between shots, he showed a few more applications. “Wow,” Rock said, “I can see the power.” I wasn’t hurt, but Rock was able to see the potential destruction tai chi chuan is capable of.
Students and parents are welcome to receive free copies of this issue of the Taekwondo Times. It retails for $7.00.