Written by Monse Razamonde and translated into English by Alda Gomez
The future chronicle of Grandmaster’s Chen Zhenglei’s seminar in Manchester in April 2017 could be as follows:
The legend tells that a wise Tai Chi Master from China arrived to the city of Manchester (United Kingdom) in April of Christian year 2017. His sweet wife Lili Lu and another Master called Kuang and his young apprentice arrived with him. The wise Grandmaster was not other than Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, a high authority in tai chi in those days.
To emphasize the power of new technologies, the Master organising the visit, Liming Yue, chose a small space for this visit so that the event could be shown to the world by 9 cameras. They were meant to broadcast the wise Master’s skill. Only 40 people had direct access to such significant event. Different countries were represented by disciples and indoor students of the wise Master, anxiously waiting for his words and his lifelong knowledge.
His greatness was soon appreciated, because a Grandmaster is a Grandmaster everywhere he goes and in any conditions presented. Their only requirement is being in front of empty souls looking forward to being filled with their insights.
The wise Master Chen only spoke Chinese, and Master Liming interpreted his words…into English, which was the only language used in the translation, even though this language equals the Spanish one in the world.
But tai chi is a very curious thing that can be learnt by osmosis and it becomes magic for those making efforts to understand its universal language, which goes beyond words. The 70-year-old wise Master transmitted more with his gestures and his movements than with any of the words in the world, having his words already been registered in many books and videos. These books and videos can only be fully assimilated when you see the wise Master moving in front of you in flesh and blood.
The legend tells that two Spaniards were among the attendants to the event: Master Mariano Uceda and his disciple Monse. Both barely understood the English language. But they decided to appeal to the tai chi magic, connect to their enlightened ancestors, who also connected to the enlightened ancestors of tai chi masters, and that is how they received the teachings that they were ready for at that time. The legend continues saying that the wise Master saw that the transmission of his teachings had been accomplished, even to those two conscientious Spaniards who admired the wise Master good skill. He rewarded them with his warmth and his smile, grateful that his teachings wouldn’t end up floating in the universe waiting for more prepared minds to receive them.
Being in front of a wise Master to be corrected and guided in your tai chi is the biggest thing that one can experience as a tai chi practitioner. Lucky are those who have found a Master who guides them with honesty and affection. Only those of us who have a Master like that can tell how valuable that is because you know that you are in the right track even when you may not know the destination. The legend tells that in those days many got lost because they couldn’t recognise this simple fact. This is so because the right way is not sumptuous or glamorous; it is only illuminated by Masters as wise as Master Chen. But it has a shorter length than the Master’s because they started later; it only takes knowing how to read the universe to see them and feel the potential they hold inside. The transmission of tai chi worldwide, no matter where you are, will never then be lost.
Thank you to MY MASTERS (MiM)
P.S.: If a Master recognizes that in certain occasions the qi circulation varies between men and women and that is a topic that could be spoken about for a while, then he must be elevated among the rest of human beings. Maybe a new era of a more balanced yin-yang has truly started.