Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Sung Enough?

How do you know if you are sung enough?

Many times, an explanation can only confuse rather than enlighten especially when we enter abstract territory. However, this topic is important for the student who wants to be able to progress further down the road.

One way to refine the 5-Count is to use certain postures to tune the movements. However, when the student’s body particularly the legs are not sung enough they start shaking and trembling after doing a few times.

It is no use to grit your teeth and attempt to carry on. Once the lack of sung shows up the pressure on the legs will be such that its pure torture to carry on. The mind may be willing but hell, no, the body just wants to stop.

Some may treat this as exercise to strengthen the leg muscles but the whole problem of the legs shaking is due to too much usage of the muscles in the first place. If one can but let go of the excessive strength then the training will be sweet.

This is why you must not practice blindly especially when praised by people who may not know better than you. I know that some of us like to be praised but if you want to improve you must take negative comments in your stride.

Then and only then will you be able to really see what you are doing versus what you think you are doing.





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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