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Learning a martial art
When learning a martial art there are essentially 3 stages:
want to do 3 but
flounder on 1.
The beginner's syllabus and intermediate are about physical fitness.
The experienced syllabus is about technical skill.
Where do you start?
All students start out as tai chi for health students. The first two grades are non-martial.
Long Yang form (section 1)
Theory & principles
The onus is upon getting fit,
supple, coordinated and
Good alignment, ergonomics and elementary physics are all introduced.
Students learn how to focus and work with one another in a constructive manner.
Awaken your brain
According to the book The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal, the human brain is quite literally akin to a muscle.
The more frequently and consistently your brain works on a given area of skill, the greater its capacity to perform the skill with ease.
Train as much as you can
Taijiquan beginners often have high expectations and a low commitment to practice.
Often the student struggles to meet their own ambitions.
To break this problem, train frequently.
Nothing beats practice.
Time committed to practice during your early stages of development will pay dividends in the long run.
Since an exponent is not adept with taijiquan, they need to do a lot of qigong.
It will provide the necessary health benefits by serving as a stopgap pending higher level taijiquan skill.
• Tailored learning
• Strong mental attitude
• Home training
• The Sword Polisher's Record: The Way of Kung Fu by Adam Hsu
The samurai must maintain his faith in his beliefs, even as the social or
political climate shifts and alters. He must be patient, must act in a
manner that may at times seem irrational or illogical, must resist the
temptations of instant gratification, and must work towards fulfilling what
may seem to be an impossible idea.
As a result, the samurai is often something of an outsider, a rebellious figure because he refuses to conform to the habits of the day.
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18 April 1995
Last updated 12 February 2017