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Little & often
Rather than train for a lengthy period of time, aim to practice little & often.
20-30 minute increments, with rest breaks in-between is ideal.
Instead of pushing your body hard and putting it under duress, just do a little exercise.
Resting will keep your concentration sharp and offset fatigue.
Without long practice one cannot suddenly understand taijiquan.
Fundamentally, it is giving up yourself to follow others.
Most people mistakenly give up the near to seek the far.
It is said, "Missing it by a little will lead many miles astray."
The practitioner must carefully study.
not your own
Cherry picking has serious drawbacks.
Our syllabus offers a balanced, step-by-step approach to gaining a thorough and comprehensive understanding of taijiquan.
Emphasising the parts that you like best or omitting the aspects you do not care for is self-indulgent and will lead to major gaps of knowledge and skill.
To gain power and skill in any endeavour, there must be commitment, teaching, sustained practice, focus, on-going improvement, refinement, corrections and a lot of hard work.
Self-discipline is a must.
A taijiquan student cannot wield a blade or engage in combat successfully if their body is a mess and their mind is scattered.
Form is the main tool we use to discipline both body and mind; to bring harmony and order.
How do you move?
Form reflects the way in which you personally move in taijiquan.
If your form is clumsy, then you are clumsy and that is useless for combat.
Your taijiquan must be fast, sensitive, alert, powerful and lively.
The cat-like grace of taijiquan encourages agile, strong movement, excellent poise, high energy levels and a feeling of vigour.
Invest in form
Students normally underestimate the significance of form.
Bad form = bad taijiquan.
It is that simple.
Your form highlights and determines how you move, how you use your body.
Invest as much time as you can in form practice. The better your form, the easier all aspects of the taijiquan will be to pull off.
I have recently being working
through form applications. Surprisingly, they all felt quite easy and
straightforward. They also worked very well. No difficulty at all. How come?
Daily form practice. Sifu Waller did not have to waste time correcting my form
during application practice. We could simply focus on the applications
themselves. Correct form meant smooth, powerful, controlled, effective
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Last updated 23 April 2017