Learning Tai Chi is not a matter of do the relevant form, techniques and push hands at that particular level or rank and you automatically get it. I wish that its that easy and straightforward. But its not.
Mastering Tai Chi takes a lot of practice and fine tuning. Sometimes the only thing a teacher can do is to stand back and watch. Yeah, just stand back and let the student settle in. It will take time, some time, maybe even a lot of time but the student will get there as long as he keeps the practice going.
Yes, it is frustrating to watch Tai Chi incorrectly practice. But sometimes nothing much can be done. Its not just the student who must have patience to learn but the teacher too must have patience to wait for the right moment to take the student’s hand and lead him to the door that enters the hall of mastery.
My student commented that he has been doing everything wrong when I showed him a most defined and exact way of doing the same old movement he has been practicing for years. Yes, but without the wrong practice as a reference one has nothing to compare the correct movements against.
So after getting the movements correct you would think that the student can do it correctly from this point on. Yes, he can for about a few minutes and then slowly, one by one, the old habits come back. It really is a lot of work to teach a student but without this way of teaching he will never ever even has a sliver of hope of getting something, much less it.
But as long as there is a will, a teacher will show the way.
And then the day will come……….
…… when the chips will fall into place and a leg gingerly steps over the threshold into the door of mastery.