The fundamental problem with the Internal/External debate is a confusion of definitions. Some people mean "spiritual" when they say "internal"; some people mean "soft" when they say internal; some people mean "having to do with Ch'u' when they say "internal", some people, like the notorious Mr. Sigman, refer to a very specific way of training and using the body when the say "internal".
Whenever these discussions get going (not necessarily on this forum, by the way) you end up with a number of different people who are arguing about completely different things. It's as if you have a bunch of Brits and Americans sitting around the table talking about "corn", some mean maize and some mean grain in general, but nobady knows for sure what the other is talking about.
What we need is a common language between practitioners of Chinese arts, Japanese arts, and Okinawan arts. Not to mention Phillipine, Korean, and all the rest.
Hell, just get a Uechi-Ryu and Shotokan practioners together talking about " horse stance"
This is, I've found, a real problem in MA forums all over the net.
maurice richard libby