Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

When the Time is Right

Paul is having a hard time trying to coordinate the turning of his waist with his right foot. Its not a difficult thing to do but sometimes when you don’t get it you just don’t get it. Things that some see easily can be difficult for others to see. I think its the way our brain is wired. But at least Paul recognizes his problem from his latest post.

You can’t force learning. You can only keep working at your mistakes and try to rectify them. When you have put in enough work then it should pay off when you tip over to doing it correctly. I am not saying this for the sake of it.

I have a student who wants to know how to use Tai Chi Chuan for self defence. I have shown him various ways to apply the art but its too early for him to get it. I mean he couldn’t even do the form in a way that will fulfill the minimum requirements of the principles.

On the other hand, another student who has followed me for a few years has seen his persistence pay off. Last week I showed him how to execute certain techniques with power. At first he couldn’t get it. So we kept at it for a while longer. Soon he was able to get it and he can see for himself when he hit the metal post with a light tap and see it rattling away.

This type of light tap doesn’t look powerful but the angle, the coordination and the body behind it makes the tap painful. A bit more effort behind the tap and it can knock the breath out of the person struck. Its no magic, just the result of working on correct principles over a period of time.

This is why sometimes you can’t force yourself to make progress. You just have to trust what you do and keep working on it until you get it. This is not the same as asking you to blindly do something. You should never do something without understanding why you do it. When you do it with the principles in play the rest will reveal itself once you get it.



Author: ZenMindSword

Mushin is a practitioner, researcher and trainer for Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. He is also author of The Ip Man Koans, The Ip Man Questions and TaijiKinesis series of eBooks, as well as co-author of Complete Wing Chun.

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