Am I prophetic? Or just can make better prediction based on the hindsight of my own practice?
I am reviewing TaijiKinesis Vol 2 and the following from Chapter 1 Learning Successfully mirrors my student’s experience :-
1.4 Tiny Learning Steps
One of the key advantage for those practicing Taijiquan for combat is that in terms of understanding applications the long form is laid out in a more combat-logical manner than a simplified form. However, for practicing principles a simplified form may be easier due to its shorter length especially if you are pressed for time. But if you still want to learn the 108 form despite your time constraint you can break up your learning by studying and practicing selected portions.
The latter approach is the method laid out in this eBook i.e. to study just 10 postures by practicing the movements from Beginning Posture up to the first Cross Hands. This segment has a total of 13 movements of which one of the Play Pipa is repeated twice and the other Brush Knee, Twist Step is repeated thrice.
I recommend the serious beginner to focus on learning this segment until they reach a certain standard of performance before going on to complete the rest of the form. From my teaching experience I would say that for the beginner to reach a minimum standard of performance he would have to put in an average of 2 hours of daily practice over a period of 3 years. More practice hours would be desirable but may not be practical for the working man.