Its common to see students worship their teacher yet fail to see that doing so is meaningless unless the skill of the master can be transferred to them.
This is why in TaijiKinesis students rarely hear me talk about our fore-teachers unless there is a lesson to highlight there. For example when students wonder why they don’t read of the 5-Count elsewhere or even from teachers of the same style I just point them to view the video of the grandmaster.
It is when they see it then they understand that before they learned our art they don’t understand the demo but now they do. To me its more important that they can actually see some results when trying it against outsiders.
So its a pleasant surprise when a student said that he has been doing more push hands lately. I thought he meant that he has been spending more time with his regular training partner, someone who did Chen style.
But it turned out he meant that he has been practicing with a few more partners. He found that he could actually enter their door and put his hand on their bodies.
There are still things he cannot do but its a start and not bad for someone who has learned for about 3 years. I told him that this is the beginning and we would have to work on another stage of his push hands learning as I expect to see him show better results over another few months.