Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Paul’s Learning Journey – Commentary on Video No. 50

Its been some time since I wrote about Paul’s learning journey. Its not easy to juggle work, taking care of housework, teaching students and taking care of the missus. Each activity has multiple opportunity cost.

Anyway, its good that Paul is self-motivated and tries his best to learn. However, I fear that the easy part of learning is over now that he is moving into the postures that involve more movements.


Whilst the movement of Grasping Sparrow’s Tail seem easy enough if you read the instructions in TaijiKinesis Vol 2 you would know that, to paraphrase Paul, the eBook tells a lot whilst the video tells little since everything is concealed.

Again, to repeat what I said many times, if that which comes before is wrong then that which comes after will be difficult to grasp and this seems to be the case here.

For example lifting the hands is to teach how to move the arm using 3-Count. However, I think Paul did not study the analogy of the rope I mentioned enough. Because of this when he tries to do the left arm cradling the sparrow movement his arm is not moving properly.

Another example is in lowering the hands whereby Paul’s hands did not achieve the standard of performance required as per page 135. Because of this when he tries to do GST (iii) – (v) on page 138 the left arm came up short.For performance maybe I overlook this but for application-wise then failure to achieve the standard would mean that the technique would come up short when used against a resisting opponent in push hands.

I’ll have to take some measures to get Paul to achieve the standard as the countdown to his trip is getting shorter.





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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