Another student now has fast reaction. So the next step was how to use the training partner’s pressure at close quarters to solve the problem of the attack. I taught him in terms of procedure – do what, when to do, why do it.
First I showed the technique step-by-step. Then I did it quickly such that the steps seemed like one movement. He thought it was difficult. I said no, its not. Rather, its just doing it each step at a time.
Two weeks later the use of pressure has made him see the principles of using the circle clearer and made him revise his perception of what Taiji is. This is why I say that learning and understanding can be two different things in that the student taught he understands what he has learned but really his understanding may be way off until its confirmed by the teacher that its on track.