Winter time, a local Xingyi teacher takes a nap. The others in Master Zhang’s group go about their practices while he sleeps.
Master Zhang, training our group in the park. In his 90s at the time of the clip.
His style of training was very informal preferring to let the art speak for itself through him. People often talk of masters hidden plain site. He was such a master, preferred and sought anonymity, all the while having his practice in plain sight for those just passing by.
He would often be questioned by people passing by asking if it was real.
He would smile and say ” of course its not, they are faking it” The people asking would laugh we would smile, they would leave and we would go back to practice….It was only recently that any clips could be found of his work on the net posted by a close friend and taiji teacher.
I once asked master Zhang, about this he said
” I could be very famous if I wanted to be.
But then many people would come, some wanting to challenge, some out of curiosity, and some really wanting to train. There would be too many, I would not be able to interact with them as I do now.”