|Davidine Sim & Chen Bing|
Q: What influence did your uncles have on your learning?
beside me. Sometimes it was difficult to see them even a few times in the year. In this period I encountered many problems and, because the opportunity to communicate with them in person was rare, I was overwhelmed by these questions and didn't know who I should ask. When you have many questions that you cannot find answers for it does affect your positive progress.
Q: You have now trained for quite a long time. What is your understanding of Taijiquan?
Q: By that you mean that everyone has a different understanding of Taijiquan?
CB: Firstly, when I started teaching I was worried that teaching will affect my training. I said to my uncle that "as I have to explain, demonstrate and transmit, my internal feeling is reduced and will affect my own development". My uncle said to me that you need to first find yourself, then maintain yourself. During teaching continue to maintain yourself and don't lose your stance - "teach and train, train and teach". It forged my interest in teaching as I embraced the concept that teaching is training and to train whilst teaching. In the process of teaching I'm also upping my own skill. The second aspect is the sense of achievement when I see students improve. To witness the benefits and the transformation that Taijiquan has given them, either in physical health or mental well-being. Thirdly, from a personal point of view. With the gradual insight gleaned from Taijiquan I'm able to slowly change and adjust my mood and my interaction and conduct with the wider society. I'm in fact a rather hot-tempered person. Through practising Taijiquan I'm continually correcting and changing myself.
|World Martial Arts Union interview with Chen Bing|
Chen Bing, born in 1971, is the 20th generation direct descendant of the Chen Taijiquan Family. He was raised by his uncle Chen Xiao Xing and began his Taijiquan training from the age of 5. In 2007 he established the Chenjiagou International Taijiquan Academy in Chenjiagou. He teaches all over China and Internationally.