According to myth and legend, the aging Tai Chi Grandmaster selects one promising disciple to become his inheritor. The Grandmaster trains this disciple to the very highest standard, preparing them to assume leadership.
Once the Grandmaster enters their final life stage, they make a public announcement. The Tai Chi community listens respectfully, honors and accepts the decision.
That’s how lineages operate in myth and legend. Smoothly and without controversy. But the reality is not always so amicable.
Usually there are multiple claims on the inheritance. One on the basis of blood relation; another based on incomparable skills; and a third expecting repayment for their past years of faithful service. Then a fourth rises up to claim that inheritance doesn’t matter; and a fifth, to claim the Grandmaster never even had anything worth inheriting!
Suddenly there are forged documents, altered timelines, and conveniently fuzzy memories. I have personally seen all of this, more than once.