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Inventions That Shouldn’t Have Been and Tai Chi Chuan

On a lark, I actually wrote five versions of this article, versions for Shaolin, Karate, Pa Kua Chang, and Aikido. But you’ll have to google those. Here’s the article.

Speaking of Tai Chi Chuan, there was a fellow, back in 1899, who gave up his job in the patent office. The reason he gave for walking out? Because absolutely everything that could possibly be invented had been invented.

Do you understand? There was nothing new to be designed. We had reached the peak of culture! No more fresh or creative ideas.

We had designed and built printing presses and horseless carriages. We had constructed machines to weave and ways to put coke in a bottle. What else could man possibly make?

This, on the edge of assembly lines and 100 MPH cars for mankind. This just before that silly flying doohickie got off the ground at Kitty Hawk, and turned into spaceships and landed on the moon. Oh, and don’t let me forget, there was an obscure device that came along called a computer.

So I love it when I run into one of these hard core, square jawed fellows who say that an art must be done exactly as they have always been done, and there is no room for improvement. The Martial Arts, as they see them, have reached the peak of martial arts possibility, and there is nothing more to be gleaned. Why, we’re at the very tippy top, you see, and there is nothing left but to look down.

I guess that’s why I’m such a dastardly fellow, and why classical martial artists sometimes curl a lip in my direction, and why this Matrix thing is to be avoided no matter what. I didn’t quit my task, you see. I’m still pushing, I think that new combat arts can be invented.

In the case of Tai Chi Chuan, there are only three things to be focused on: grounding the weight, matching the opponent’s body, and giving way to unbalance. This is the nexus of that fighting style, and the geometry of its motion. After that there is the potential for motions, and this is where the endless art is designed and built. How many endless lists of attacks and secondary attacks and counters and body configurations and energy potentials and so on can you create?

This is where Matrixing starts to launch, and this is where real Tai Chi Chuan starts to take place. The point where most arts stop is where the true education in that fabulous combat art starts, and never ends. Unless, of course, you believe that everything that could be invented has already been invented.

You can learn how to Matrix Tai Chi Chuan at Monster Martial Arts.