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Establishing a Practice Discipline

Establishing a Practice Discipline

During my early years of training in martial arts I often felt guilty that I was unable to train
for as many hours a week or a day as some of my peers claimed to be doing. I had one
senior whose claim of four hours of daily training put my own half an hour, once in a while,
to shame. I had another classmate who claimed an hour a day. Again I was ashamed that I
could not measure up. Looking back, however, I suspect that my fellow students were
maybe exaggerating a little. As a postscript both of these people quit the arts in the next
few years while here I am, as the song goes, “still standing”. Several years later when I had
started practising taijiquan with Mr. Huang Jifu I had a classmate who really did practise for
several hours a day. His work enabled him to spend long periods of unsupervised time in
places where he could conveniently practice and he took advantage of the opportunity.
During this time of intensive training, however, he was in a constant state of frustration for,
rather than progressing, he seemed to be standing still At the same time I was doing very
little practice outside class and yet seemed to be improving in leaps and bounds. I later
observed both in my own training and that of my students that such a process was quite
natural and just like the yin yang theory ……………….

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