I discovered an interesting article on the Martial Tai Chi site called “How Taiji Lost Its Quan.”
This article discusses an interesting aspect of Chinese martial arts (that you don’t really find in other fighting approaches) that I think is one of the reasons Chinese fighting styles often struggle for respect in Western circles.
There are many ordinary problems that dilute and warp the transmission of fighting knowledge. Students become the teacher’s of the next generation, so the student is the first weak link. Not every student who goes on to become a teacher were their teacher’s best fighter. Some bad students become poor teachers. Some of the best fighters never teach. Every person is different and we differ in apprehension of the material, diligence in training, and the ability to communicate what we know.