I’ve been hearing it for 3 years, so said my student and until now didn’t really get it.
Yes, that’s right. You might say its a case of mental deafness, of hearing but not listening.
In many Taiji schools they won’t really the impart secrets to you, if at all, until you reach a senior level, become a disciple, serve the teacher like a slave or fork out tons of money. But from the first day, to students I have already taught them the most important principles.
Yet for some funny reason they won’t listen and insist to do their own thing. Some who persist this way never got it and leave. Some like this student is at least persistent enough to reach the point where he is able to listen to what he first heard three years ago and has been hearing many times over the three years.
To the student who is not ready i.e. ready to learn, ready to empty his mind yadah yadah, he will never listen and hence never acquire the skills. That’s OK as long as he puts in the practice. If he does this he will reach a point where he starts to have a glimmer of what the skill is.
When a student reached this stage, the tipping point, all a teacher has to do is to give a gentle nudge and instant enlightenment.
So with enough practice to seek the right way, going through many wrong ways and blind alleyways, eventually the seeker will stray back onto the right path. All it takes then is that slight adjustment, explaining all over again what it is but now add in a layer of more indepth analysis of the principles and the student will go through the gate.
Once the student has entered the gate he sees the same movements that he has been doing differently. What appears to be is not and what is not evident is now clearer. Even a movement like Carry Tiger Back to the Mountain now takes on new meaning, an application that seems ordinary is actually a nasty technique that utilizes the principles to work its magic.
This is why from the first day I stress that the 3-Count and the 5-Count is the key to the 108 form, the one great thing that my teacher learned from the secretive Dong family. I told my student that many may claim to have learned from the Dong family but if he were to look at the clip of our grandmaster he can see the 5-Count continuously being expressed in his rendition of the form and demo of push hands. I offered him a demo of Play Pipa that is similar to that shown by the grandmaster in the push hands clip and immediately the difference is evident in how the pain is magnified.
So its not something I made up. The evidence is clearly there for those who in the know to see and confirm the veracity of our approach. I have documented the way I teach the 3-Count and 5-Count and the rest of the attendant principles in TaijiKinesis Vol 2. In this way my students have a reference to fall back on if they ever stray off the true path.
There are many more refinements to the basics introduced in Vol 2 but these are difficult to write about and I am exploring recording them in video instead but how to made them evident for viewers to see is another question. As it is a student standing in front seeing it first hand in 3D has a problem really seeing it. Another problem, another day.
Back to working on Vol 2 to get it out on 9 Aug 2013.