Steel in Cotton

From an otherwise not-so-memorable book on T'ai Chi, a metaphor: "A master of taijiquan has arms which are as strong as steel rods wrapped in cotton, with immense power concealed therein." (Yang Style Taijiquan, 1988, page 14)

And the Quote of the Day from office T'ai Chi group leader Weider Young, on 20 March 2014: "Emptiness is not really nothing. It's above and beyond, like the third side of a coin. Like in Buddhism, where the Middle Way is not in between. It's above."

(cf. MarvinMinskySpeaks (2004-03-25) re "... Never get into a fight with a pianist. They have terribly powerful arms.") - ^z - 2014-05-13