(ABOVE: I LIQ CHUAN MALAYSIA – GRANDMASTER JIMMY HEOW SHARING AT WING CHUN EXCHANGE SEMINAR IN FOSHAN, CHINA)
First of all, please understand that all internal kungfu at deeper level are similar in nature and to a certain extent propagate the same underlying principles and philosophy. For instance – like ‘Taiji’ principles – yin yang, soft hard, left right, etc. Our aim are very much the same but actual practice do vary among disciplines.
Let me give you an example. Take note of the difference: Taiji vs Taichi chuan.
Taiji is a ‘phenomenon’ (Wu Ji -> Tai Ji -> Liang Yi -> Si Xiang -> Ba Gua)
It doesn’t mean you are able to learn and grasp Taiji if you are simply practicing Taichi chuan.
Unfortunately for majority kungfu training today, it has become more sports-oriented (e.g. push hands competition with set rules) or health-oriented (a form of exercise to reduce stress or improve mental/physical body)…losing a big part of its true essence.
To understand the principles is one thing, to be able to successfully utilize and express into practical application within kungfu remains a separate matter, and level of achievement.
There are 3 different situations we can witness today:-
1) Those who speaks well on the theory but unable to perform.
2) Those who can perform but only with their own students or within
set conditions /rules.
3) Those who can perform regardless of the opponent or conditions.
Your experience and feeling of energy is distinct depending on the situation.
To answer your question, I Liq Chuan does encompass Taiji principles as well. However in our system, the training methods, techniques, exercises DIFFERS from other internal martial arts…though it maybe somewhat related and looks identical. There is no right or wrong. It depends where you currently are in your martial journey.
I hope that answer your questions.
To Your Martial Success,
GM Jimmy Heow
Sifu Jimmy Talks Series
Co-founder of I Liq Chuan & Founder of Wu Ji I Liq Chuan Academy
(translated by Ben Yeoh as close as possible and faithful to original intended message)