My student kept wondering out loud how I managed to keep bouncing him.
I said why need to wonder when the information has already been taught on Day 1.
That’s right. This is the problem when students don’t practice hard enough.
To compound the problem they don’t look at the bird they have in hand and keep wondering about the two birds in the bush. If they keep learning this way I am afraid that even after 10 years of training they will not get anything, much less get the real thing.
I know many masters like to keep a lot of information and teach the bare minimum. I believe that this is the one sure way of killing the art or at the very least dilute it. If these masters care about the future of their art they will not do it but then sometimes I am not surprised if a master has limited info and worries that if he gives out the info too much he cannot keep making the students pay.
I would tell these masters not to worry because even if they teach properly unless the student puts in the effort he will still not make it. After many attempts at getting a student to get a movement right I jokingly told him I would bring a cane the next time if he still cannot get it. This is especially after I broke down the movement into many sub-parts to make it easy to learn. I normally don’t do it for other students and only do it because of his lack of background in taiji.
However, he still struggled with it not because its that difficult but because he did not pay heed to do it slowly, to do each and every part properly before moving on. So if there are 5 movements he would rush through movement two before making sure that its correct. By not adhering to a step-by-step process he is setting himself up for failure.