Instant result is like eating fast food. It rarely tastes nice. But it satisfies the desire to bite, swallow and feel full quickly.
For our Taiji learning a good sign of fast food learning is the lack of ability to use the waist and legs for defence and attack.
Beginners tend to use not just arm strength but too much arm strength.
Intermediate students are better in that they try to use waist and legs but the moment they encounter more resistance they revert to beginner’s mentality and resort back to arm strength.
Advanced practitioners are best because you can see that they are not relying on just hand techniques but the entire movement is governed by waist and legs.
Still these three levels have not quite arrived yet.
Its when the skills look ordinary again, like only arm movements are used but if you look carefully the waist and legs are subtly adjusting behind the arms that the skill has entered the gate of true mastery.
This is why when you see someone with such skills perform it does not look inspiring. So sometimes they have to jazz up their performance with some fast and sudden movements or shake the body violently just so that the ignorant masses think they are seeing some great skill. In fact, what can be seen is not really as great as thought. Its like what Lao Tzu said about the Tao that cannot be put in words.
And the secret to progressing through the 4 levels I mentioned above begins by learning, understanding and mastering the 3-Count and 5-Count.