A tai chi student explores the Dao of Zheng
Manqing (Cheng Man-ch'ing) with the aid of his teacher,
Laoshi. Through personal accounts, reflection, and
dialogue with Laoshi, we witness the novice's evolution
in his search for the spirit of the art-and the resulting
bond forged with his instructor. Together, student and
teacher examine the philosophical and martial aspects of
tai chi. They demonstrate what it means to pursue
principle, and they see the ease with which it can be
lost to that trickster and provocateur, the ego.
Engaging, sincere, and at times light hearted, this
fictional memoir narrated from the student's perspective
addresses themes familiar to all who study tai chi and
the martial arts. Laoshi is a journey into tai chi
and a meditation on life and living without fear.