“How did you do it?” – my student asked.
The reader might think my student was asking a question of a secret teaching, secret principle or secret fajing method. But he wasn’t.
During training we had strayed off our usual space and ended up near some round pillars. So there I was explaining how to recover from a push and demonstrating how to train the principle using Step Back Repulse Monkey when I got that question.
He was intrigued by how I knew when to stop stepping back and thus avoided running into the pillar behind me.
This was no big secret. Its just a matter of awareness. Its not always the case that everything in Tai Chi training needs to be a secret this or secret that. Sometimes its just something ordinary perceived as extraordinary by another person who does not understand what is happening. That’s all.