My jaws didn’t drop the first time I heard it but my students’ certainly did when I told some of them.
US$10,000 per month + expenses for 3 months.
I was told that this was the tuition fee paid to get the grandmaster to come here to teach my teacher and other students.
I supposed I was lucky not to have to pay this super duper high fee to learn. After hearing how much the principle of the 5-Count cost to learn in those days I hope that my students have the sense to train harder to realize the skill.
This morning I made corrections to my student’s Beginning Posture and showed additional refinements on how to make a seemingly arm movement, outward absence of body movement more connected and hence imbued with ground force.
I pointed out that without intentional training of movements the limbs won’t lose the hard edged propensity to resist. Without this he will not be able to neutralize easily whilst countering fast and delivering back his own strikes even faster. To this end we had a game of let’s try to hit each other in the solar plexus that reminded him of the importance of the role of intention, qualia and biomechanics in Taiji training.
With the release of TaijiKinesis Vol 2 today the most important thing that I learned from my Tung style teacher is out in the open. My teacher used to say that not only does one not have the chance to see it, it is even difficult to get a whiff of it. Well, I guess its time those who are truly interested in Taiji and can’t figure out how to make their Taiji learning work for them have a look at this proven principle.