Click here for a short video of one of Master Lo's students explaining the 5 Principles. Deja vu?
Benjamin (Ben Lo) was the top student of Cheng Man-ch’ing. Master Lo moved to San Francisco in 1974 and began an international teaching career that lasted until his death in 2018. Lo often summarized his teaching into "Five basic principles for the development of good Tai Chi Ch'uan skills .... 1) Relaxation. 2) Separating Ying from Yang. 3) Turning the waist. 4) Keeping the body upright. And 5) Maintaining the hand like a beautiful lady s hand."
Above all, he emphasized the need for practice.
Master Lo taught that he was not a special person and that if he could do it, you could do it, too. He said Tai Chi is made of everyday, ordinary stuff. For example, what could be more ordinary than breathing and gravity? The difference, he said, is that the Tai Chi person gives those ordinary things extraordinary attention over a long and constant period of time.