Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Guessing

Words unsaid welled up and for a moment nearly gushed out.

But then a pause, a thought and he remembered.

A moment ago I reminded my student that the first time I taught him Grasp Sparrow’s Tail years ago I had mentioned the point specifically to him. His reaction was probably to deny it but he caught his words and then he remembered.

What was more interesting was him saying next that he didn’t think that it was that important since after all it was just basics. I corrected him by saying that advanced skill is basics refined. Besides, I have said a few times at various periods that the very first things taught are the most important. 

It’s never too late to realize one’s folly. The only thing is whether this would be a lesson permanently learned or just in one ear and out the next ear.

The moral here is that if you want to learn then learn and not try to outsmart yourself by second guessing stuff that you are taught.

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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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