Why Few People Practice Tai Chi Is Why It’s Beneficial
Tai Chi means the grand ultimate, the grand ultimate refers to what we typically call the Yin Yang symbol. In Chinese conceptualization the Yin and Yang are the main components in the Tai Ji Symbol. Tai Chi Chuan is The Grand Ultimate Long Form.
The Ying Yang symbol is the grand ultimate of all signs and symbols. And Tai Chi, the world’s most widely practiced martial art, is the grand ultimate martial art…but because of this grand ultimate quality it is the grand ultimate long form of martial arts, meditating arts, exercises, movement arts, healing arts. To put it simply while remaining true Tai Chi is the grand ultimate broad form of individuation.
Tai Chi is not the best at building strength but it is comparable to lifting weights, it is not the best at developing flexibility but it is comparable to yoga, it is not the best at healing but is comparable to medicine, it is not the best for cardiovascular potentiation but is comparable to jogging, it is not the best form of meditation but it is highly efficient at developing and maintaining a meditative mind state, it is not the best way to expand your mind but certainly expands physical and mental capacity.
In fact Tai Chi covers all the bases without trying to focus on any particular one and the wide ranging beneficial results become comparable to the each practice of a focused arena. Tai Chi is the grand ultimate form of individuation not because it is the best martial art, but because it makes your martial arts better. And apply this concept to whatever arena you are aware of for Tai Chi enhances.
Occasionally I am lucky enough to practice other Tai Chi, martial arts and Yoga of which I am not familiar with and always feel humbled doing so. And sometimes I am confused – and I love it. I have learned to embrace confusion and the humbling experience of learning new movements as a tangible way to expand my physical and mental potential. The confusion also reminds me of learning Tai Chi, the confusing fun!
The reason Tai Chi is the grand ultimate martial art, and more specifically the grand ultimate broad form of individuation, or individual potentiation, is because through this confusion is self-doubt and out of overcoming the initial lack of capability is empowerment and expansion of understanding of all sorts of variables, tangents and applications.
Consider the following expressions and their instructional aspects in regards to practicing Tai Chi, and applied to learning anything for that matter.
“Great doubt, great awakening. Little doubt, little awakening. No doubt, no awakening.” ~Zen Expression
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” ~Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Put these two concepts together and knowing ourselves is not mutually exclusive to developing ourselves but the each go hand in hand, you cannot know yourself without developing yourself. And learning is the best way to do so, in balance and for balance.
Most people I encounter would rather not learn, would rather not face confusion and would rather not admit to themselves or others that they were not right, let alone wrong. Doubting ideas and capability is part of building a pattern of development but utilizing doubt as a medium of judgment and scorn upon others restricts development. While such skepticism is good this is not the higher meaning of the sentiment of the layered expression. The reason few people practice Tai Chi is because few people practice self-development of any kind let alone those that balance all aspects of all arenas because being confused and doubtful is a counterintuitively part of the development process.
Once you realize how beneficial confusion and the resulting palatable frustration can be you begin to seek it out. The very thing that frustrates would-be Tai Chi practitioners is the very thing that practitioners seek out after learning to practice a form without shadowing and with immersion into the Tai Chi flow.
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” Bruce Lee
Peace on earth, for real though.