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School was long ago

What exactly did learning at school involve?

  1. Lessons in class/explanations

  2. Reading text books

  3. Practice in class

  4. Heavy repetition of basic elements e.g. times tables, alphabet, spelling tests

  5. Peer competition

  6. Homework

  7. Revision

  8. Exams

  9. Levels of proficiency

  10. Regular feedback 

Somehow as adults we expect to pick things up easily and skilfully without undertaking the process of learning necessary as a child.
Why is this?


Taking responsibility


Adults usually have less time than children/university students to commit to education.
There are many intruding responsibilities and concerns; work, family, health etc.
However, learning is learning; you only get out of it what you put into it.

Can you reasonably expect to be good at painting if you do not paint?
Will your French Cuisine improve if you do not cook at home?
Do you expect to speak fluent Spanish when you do not practice daily?


You get to choose

School children attend lessons because they have to.
They have no choice.
Whereas, adults learn because they want to.


Learning is fun

Learning can be immense fun.
You will be exposed to an incredible amount of new information, new methods, new considerations.
Make the best of it.



Cultivate curiosity

What do you really know about any subject?
French cuisine?
Taijiquan?
South East Asian traditional music and dance?

We are all ignorant.
Once you recognise that you know almost nothing about anything, your options are wide open.
You can explore countless subjects for your entire life and still have so much more to learn.


The challenge

There are many, many challenges facing every student.
Those that stem from the subject itself are often technical in nature.
They require perseverance and patience.


Tips for adults

Our taijiquan lessons were designed to help you back into the habit of learning:

  1. Attend classes every week

  2. Regularly read some of the suggested books (for pleasure)

  3. Cultivate the habit of daily home practice

  4. Recognise that discovering new insights and skills can be fun

  5. Acknowledge that you are learning because you want to


The unexpected

The great thing about learning is that it presents you with the opportunity to possess exciting new skills.
Skills you never imagined were possible when you began the course of study.
You will travel in unforeseen directions, encounter new opportunities, find new options and make unexpected choices.
Learning can affect your entire life.


Learn how to learn

There are many pages on this website concerning the process of learning:

  1. Brain work (meditation, awareness, metacognition)

  2. Differentiation

  3. Fitness level

  4. Forgotten how to learn?

  5. Getting your own way

  6. How can you tell?

  7. Learned helplessness

  8. Learning taijiquan

  9. Opinion

  10. Proof

  11. The purpose of a taijiquan school

  12. Seeing & looking

  13. Tailored learning

  14. Verbal understanding

It is worth taking the to time to read them all thoroughly.


Page created 18 April 1995
Last updated 14 December 2016