The Fantasy and BS Epidemic in Tai Chi -- The Internal Fighting Arts Podcast Interview with Stuart Shaw
The BS that is an epidemic in Tai Chi is not restricted just to the internal arts, however. You see martial artists of all styles, in nations around the world, pretending to have supernatural powers, including:
** The ability to knock someone down without touching them.
** The ability to make push hands partners hop and jump away at the slightest touch.
** The ability to set paper on fire.
** The ability to heal people with their chi.
And much more.
In the latest Internal Fighting Arts podcast, I interview Stuart Shaw, an instructor of Tai Chi and Sanda in the town of Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia. He began studying in the Chen Man Ching lineage, but turned his back on the system after seeing instructors push the fantasy elements. Stuart has created The Fajin Project, a Facebook page that calls out instructors who promote BS.
Listen to the podcast online or download the mp3 file by following this link: http://internalfightingarts.audello.com/internal-fighting-arts-17-stuart-shaw/
You can also find the podcast and subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/internal-fighting-arts/
How do you develop critical thinking skills? What questions should you ask when a martial arts teacher performs a supernatural feat?
The next blog post will arm you with some key questions.