My student didn’t turn up for his other push hands class this week. Too bad as I was curious to know if he had any other interesting experience from the one he told me earlier.
In this class there were three guys who were better than him. With the third ranking one my student had an interesting one off experience.
In the midst of doing push hands he naturally did the 3-Count and the rest of it happened without thinking, making it a 5-Count response to whatever it was that his partner tried to do on him. Surprisingly, he found his partner flying off without much effort on his part. Tried as he might he could not replicate the feat another time.
This is quite common. Most of the time this one off thing signals the beginning of our grasp of the skill. The important thing to do now is not to try to rediscover it.
Instead, the major task is to train even harder. Then the skill will come back more regularly and before you know it the skill has become permanent. At this stage you can easily understand what is happening and I would not need to explain further. This aspect of the art has now been transmitted on.
This is why sometimes mastering Taiji is like a Zen enlightenment. When you least expect it you get it. When you try your damnest to do it the skill keeps eluding you. Thus, masters like to say make daily practice your objective.