British author Neil Gaiman remembers Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground for his career-long “determination to use the least amount of words to convey the most.” It makes sense that Reed was also a Chen-style tai chi master. Dead of liver cancer at 71.
While unpacking the intricacies of the tornado kick, my esteemed Chen teacher paused to say, “The mind is inherently lazy.” (Mind was hoping to keep this a secret.) Later, with the same placidity: “The legs are strong but stupid. Kicks are for ending fights, not starting them.”