Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:00:06 +1100
Every step of the syllabus of our school is titled with few words. These words are usually simply cut right back to bare bones, no extraneous infill. The result is a lesson wherein the meaning is hidden in plain sight within these few title words. Given our very ‘clever’, logical educated minds we tend to fail spectacularly on reading, not remembering exactly, then reinterpreting and embellishing with a lot of drivel what in essence is a very simple process. Too simple? (Hilarious fails… as long as you’re not the teacher:)…
Date: Sun, 09 Feb 2014 11:10:41 +1100
Often I have forgotten the exact exercise used to teach certain steps. This leads to my trying to figure it out when I’m put on the spot. The results aren’t often pretty, and usually the steps are far more simple than I imagine. Usually, having imbibed and incorporated the lesson, the direct method is forgotten, unless I have written it down or made some sort of memorable connection.
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:24:13 +1100
Tai Chi Chuan is a journey. The journey consists of steps. The steps have short titles. Some steps also have a short instruction. If you follow the steps your journey will progress. When you do, you enter new territory. What you experience may confuse you because you don’t know what it is. Your head will fill with words to try and explain things. Become like a child and just follow the steps.
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:01:05 +1100
Instructions for each step are kept simple and accurate as possible. Try to feel for what is being described. The less you think the better.