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I'm getting bored of Tai Chi

Are you getting bored of Tai Chi? Do you feel it is the end? Is Tai Chi no longer for you? Does this sound like something out of couples counselling? If so, does your relationship with Tai Chi need work.

Getting bored with something is not new, but you should examine why you feel this way. It maybe how people view Tai Chi. You listen the the press or a friend who is doing Tai Chi and you hear how wonderful it is. But after doing Tai Chi for a while, you feel that you aren't getting anywhere. Maybe the reasons for doing Tai Chi was wrong. Maybe your expectations were too high or simply you're not seeing the results. Your teacher can only teach you so much and you have to put in the time and effort to make it all work. The quality of teachers vary. If you're looking for a teacher, you have to look at so many factors. Not many people see this.

Have I ever bored of Tai Chi? I'd be lying if I said I've never got bored. My way of thinking is really to constantly reviewing what I've done and whether it is any good? Don't delude yourself by thinking you are good, because others say so. Those who don't see that they're an example of the Dunning-Kruger effect are many. Regarding those who give you praise. Ask yourself how good are they? When something is good, it is technically good, artistically good or both. This is why Tai Chi camps and competitions are beneficial to your development. You get to see what other people are doing and not the same people from class. Not everything you see and experience is good, some of it is bad. However, without the bad, how can you realise what is good? Learn to weigh out what is right.

For me, I keep my training interesting by trying different things, like training with heavier weapons or stripping back the techniques. It isn't about how many times I've done something, but a journey of continuous improvement. Take our short form 1 as example. It a condensed version of our long form and it can be done in less than 4 minutes. Many think it is easy, but have they thought about how you can make it better or more challenging? You can, because every inch of every movement could be improved. When you enter competitions, others might be doing the same form and you have to show what is good about your interpretation. I've been managing my training for many years like this. It is tough and you have to be brutally honest with yourself. You also need discipline and motivation. What you do is seen by the public. Some might actually be good martial artists and you'll be judged. At the end of the day, your training doesn't lie.

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