Tony Ward

Tony Ward war ein Schüler von Master Huang Sheng-Shyan. Heute lebt und unterrichtet er Taiji in den Blue Mountains, Australien.

This is my story of how I connected to Master Huang

In 1986 through a letter of introduction, I travelled to Taiwan and was accepted as a student of Master Huang Sheng-Shyan with whom I continued to study with until in 1992 (at the time of the Master's death).
Meeting Master Huang was for me a huge relief. Up until this point I had read so many books, heard thousands of stories, and studied for many years with teachers of Tai Chi and many other martial arts.
You know, so many speak about this amazing art and the extraordinary possibilities. But when it comes to actual experience, the principles seem to be lost very quickly. The softness and relaxation unfortunately turns to shoving and resisting.
Master Huang was the first person I met to 'walk his talk'. He embodied the principles of the art of Tai Chi. He would demonstrate them absolutely freely. To anyone prepared to experience his touch he would demonstrate with no doubt that softness definitely overcomes hardness.
So the relief for me was that a true master of Tai Chi actually existed, and that he was prepared to take me on as a student.
I then made a very clear decision to drop everything in my life and follow Master Huang's teachings.
At that time he was in his late 70's, so I knew that my time with him would possibly be short. He died 7 years later. My contact with Master Huang although brief, has had the most profound effect on my life.

1986 reiste Tony nach Taiwan und traf Meister Huang zum ersten Mal, dann hatte er bis zu seinem Tod 1992 regelmäßig intensives Training mit ihm. Zu seinen Studien gehörten auch Künste wie Karate, das er im Alter von 14 Jahren begann. Aikido, Hsing I, Ba gua, und viele verschiedene Formen von Tai Chi, Chi Kung und Heilkunst, einschließlich vieler Aspekte der traditionellen chinesischen Medizin. Für ihn sind die Prinzipien des Tai Chi der rote Faden oder die Verbindung zu allen anderen Bereichen.
Die verschiedenen Formen und Bewegungen unterscheiden sich nur äusserlich, die Prinzipien bleiben die gleichen, verstehst du diese und alles was du tust, kann Tai Chi werden. Auf diese Weise kann Tai Chi beginnen, tiefgreifende Auswirkungen auf jeden Aspekt des Lebens zu haben. Der Schlüssel dazu ist, die Prinzipien zu verkörpern und nicht nur mit dem Intellekt zu verstehen.
Tony legt grossen Wert darauf, dass seine Schüler selbständig bleiben und ihr eigenes Taiji entdecken.