I’ll just come out and say it: Internal strength is real. It may be incredibly rare, but it definitely exists.
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In the world of martial arts, there are countless legends about past masters and their feats of internal strength. These legends run from the believable (poking a hole through a wall with just a finger), to the eyebrow-raising (killing a horse with a gentle pat on the back), to the hard-to-swallow (striking someone from 30 feet using only Qi). There are endless debates about internal strength. Some people believe in it, some people don’t, and some are on the fence.
In the movie “The Matrix”, Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) wakes up from a training session and then says the 4 words that I often dreamed of saying as a kid: “I know Kung Fu.”
Now imagine Neo waking up and saying this instead: “I know Tai Chi.”
Not quite the same impact, right?
Personally, I don’t get into very many sword fights these days. Even battle-axe and spear fights seem to be on the decline. Be that as it may, I still find it exceedingly useful to train as though I’m going to be in a sword fight someday soon.