Tai Chi and Softness
“T’ai Chi Ch’uan bases itself exclusively on gentleness, softness, naturalness and bringing you back to your original nature. Daily training makes the muscles and bones become softer and more pliable, and it especially causes the breath to become natural. These are the results of disciplining and refining the ching, ch’i, and shen to the end of your days.”
-Chen Yen-lin, 1932, Cultivating the Ch’i, Translated by Stuart Alve Olson, p. 30.