One night I explained a principle in a different manner and after hearing it my student said why I didn’t tell him sooner since its simple enough that if he had heard it sooner he might have gotten the skill earlier.
I said that the reason is straightforward. Now that the moment is right it sounded simple when he heard it. This is because he has already laid the ground work that led up to this moment.
If I had told him years ago :-
a) He would think that he understood what it meant and never pay further attention to it
b) He would not understand it and promptly forget about it or file it away in his mind
c) It just further confirmed to him that the art is difficult to learn and discourage him
But when the moment is right, then it is like a Zen moment. After hearing it now he would not forget it. Plus his understanding now is physical + mental = real understanding whereas if he had heard it without putting in enough practice then his understanding would be at best spurious.
I know this because he is not the only student who has this type of learning issues. Its typical to show a student something, made sure he got it right only to see him revert to old habit a week later.
So sometimes as much as I like to tell everything at once sometimes I am forced to curb my enthusiasm and wait for the right moment.
For those students who cannot wait try and see if they can understand the entire contents of TaijiKinesis Vol 2 and actually demonstrate its usage freely. If they can then they have understood what our basic level is like.