And perhaps exposure to a good, well-trained, well-qualified teacher is the essence of this "True Transmission". That I can understand. As subjective as that could be, there are surely grades of Taiji practice and teachers. And there are folks teaching something called Taiji, that is arguably a weak representation. But typically, the transmission one speaks of is referring to or is synonymous with the concept of spiritual transmission, where the depth and breadth of knowledge, or even enlightenment itself is obtained immediately, transmitted directly from guru to follower. I am in no position to doubt this practice or to call any such spiritual event into question. However, I don't see this with Taiji. Not because I doubt the spiritual aspect of Taiji practice. A quick survey of this blog will indicate otherwise. However, Taiji in its totality is a mind body practice that delivers results through practice. Solid teaching from a good teacher and lots of practice will over time reveal the true essence of the art.
There are lots of promises in the field of Internal Arts. Everything from basically increasing your health and longevity to levitation and no-touch punches. I'll take the improved health, you can keep the magic. Honestly, the practice of Taiji has a lot to offer and the benefits are solid and backed by sound research. I not only doubt the new age promises often attributed to Taiji practice, I see no need for them. Rather than seeking a teacher who can pass knowledge along to you by touching you, or throw you without touching you, look for a teacher with solid knowledge and skill who will work your ass off and keep raising the bar. That is as true a transmission as anyone will ever receive and a damn good one to boot.