A few months ago I taught my student the basic stepping of Pok Khek Kuen. Unfortunately, he has not trained it enough over the last few months to be able to instinctively use it.
I remember telling him that my teacher said that when he was learning it Grandmaster Nip Chee Fei made him practice it for 3 months before even teaching the first punching sequence.
So I guess there lies a fundamental problem – without motivation students won’t make the necessary effort. Perhaps I should make it a condition for those students that I transmit Pok Khek Kuen to in the future to at least demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency in the footwork before teaching anything else.
I would think that getting caught time and again by the same punch which I used together with the herding and trapping strategy mentioned in Kung Fu of the Mundane 1 would be sufficient motivation but I guess I was wrong.
The point to note here is that many times in the learning of Chinese martial arts we don’t need to analyse the art to death. If anything, we need to keep training the basics, over and over and over again until its ingrained in our muscle memory. There is no point in being able to theorize about it to the nth level if you can’t use what you have learned. But once you can use it then by all means go ahead and theorize all you like. At least now if someone challenges your theories you can always back it up with your fists rather than your mouth.