Tai Ji Has been lost and found
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After the time of the Boxer Rebellion 1900 CE, Europeans pressured the Ch’ing (Qing) Dynasty to prohibit the practice of martial arts - Chuen Fa (Ch’uan Fa).

In 1917 CE civil war with the communists broke out. People died in this conflict, some of them martial arts practitioners.

During the Chinese Republic there was a renaissance of the Martial arts. Many practitioners associated together to promote the martial arts as a national treasure and resource.

In 1931 CE the Japanese invaded China. They also banned the practice of Chinese styles of martial arts. Many martial art practitioners fought the Japanese, some died in the process.

After WWII the communists started fighting the nationalists again. In 1949 the communists under Mao Tse-Dong defeated the nationalists under Chiang Kai Shek. The Nationalists fled to Taiwan.

The People’s Republic of China (Communists) banned all martial arts. Anyone who could not escape either stopped practicing; or practiced in secret, risking being sold out to the Communist Party. If discovered and captured one faced imprisonment, re-education, or execution. All the temples were closed, and the monks forced to stop practicing.

The practice of gathering in the parks and performing the form from Tai Ji Chuen (T'ai Chi Ch'uan / Tai Ji Quan) was justified as Chi Gung (Ch'ih Gung / Qi Gong) and all martial aspects were eliminated and forgotten in this way of getting around the communist regime and be able to socialize. The regime was interested in promoting Chinese Traditional Medicine, and Chi Gung (Ch'ih Gung / Qi Gong) was considered therapy and preventative medicine.

Chinese martial artists spread to the outside world. Unfortunately many had died during the fighting that China had to endure since the 1930’s, and their martial methods were never passed on. Others were too xenophobic to pass on their knowledge. However many did adapt to their new circumstances and the Chinese martial arts were preserved around the globe. In places like Taiwan, Hong Kong, New York City, Toronto, San Francisco, and many others the Chinese martial arts thrived.

Tai Ji Chuen (T'ai Chi Ch'uan / Tai Ji Quan)  is one of the many lost martial methods. It survived in bits and pieces however the important secrets of the technique were lost.

The Communists created a gymnastic style which they named Wu Shu (the term means martial art). Although derived primarily from Northern Shaolin, it eliminated the martial aspects and was intended to be a competition form for the Olympics. It is lovely to look at, very demanding to do, and highly technical, but it is not a martial method (Wu Fa). Their competition fighting is called San Shou, and is essentially sport kickboxing or a variant of shootfighting. But it bears no resemblance to the techniques of classic martial arts. After the opening of the People's Republic of China to the outside world in the 1980's, the temples were reopened as tourist attractions. The study of the Chinese martial arts was revived and efforts were made to collect and preserve what was still extant in China. Unfortunately much of it was subject to approval by committee, and sometimes styles were mishmashed together, especially Tai Ji Chuen. These styles are taught at the Martial arts schools, which were opened with party approval to provide a venue for competitions and open the door to making Wu Shu an Olympic sport. They are what I call "Wu Shu factories" designed to put out a large number of practioners, who often know a vast number of forms, and graduate sporting an impressive collection of medals, but know nothing of the method of fighting.

I have been studying and practicing Tai Ji Chuen for many years. I have studied Tai Ji Chuen with a number of instructors. I have an extensive library of books, video’s, and DVD’s on the subject. Over the years I have collected and studied everything on the subject. I have attended seminars by noted authors and supposed masters of the style. I have been very disappointed by the fact that although all of these people knew a form, their knowledge of the of Tai Ji Chuen technique, tui shou, and weapons was limited and usually fragmentary. Fortunately I studied numerous forms of martial arts, and found many of the techniques hidden away in other styles. It took me thirty years, yet I have rediscovered the method of Tai Ji Chuen.  I know, can demonstrate, and can teach others all the techniques of the Long form. I can do the same with the Jian. I am dedicated to reviving this fine and effective martial tradition, and making sure it is never lost again.