After training with me for a month, I asked Secretary Xie Guangjian about whether the President’s sleep had improved? He answered: “The President’s sleep has improved, but it is still not as good as it once was a year or two ago, when he used to sleep soundly.” Two days after having learned the complete Taijiquan Form, President Ho Chi Minh said to me: “Taijiquan has had a very good effect on my sleep problem and has been very helpful.” I was very pleased to hear this.
‘The body of Henning’s article may be considered a rehash of the old ‘Wudang’ vs. ‘Shaolin’ mythology, with the facts (where they can be established), presented in a logical, if not meandering fashion; dates, names of emperors and portions of lineages, etc. China’s ‘Self Strengthening’ movement is mentioned near the end, as the final impetus for the association of Zhang Sanfeng with the development of Taijiquan – but oddly enough, Henning (who has written in military journals), does not acknowledge that this movement developed in China as a response to the rampant Western Imperialist aggression typical of the time. Curiously Henning makes no reference to the pre-Song uses of the term ‘Taiji’ which are known to refer to the practice (and usage) of martial arts. It is ironic therefore, that Henning would refer to Chinese myths and legends as ‘ignorance’, when so much of his historical omissions and oversights could well attract a similar criticism.’