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Small steps

Learning Taiji can be very exciting and it is good to see students wanting to learn. One thing I often see over the years, is the tendency to rush to complete moves as soon as possible. It is great when students have the motivation and good intentions. However, rushing into things is not ideal.

Quite often, when student attempt to complete a move, the finer details are missing, and the end result isn't how they envisage it to be. I always encourage student to take small steps when they learn. As the famous saying goes "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". I find that it always pays to look at the basics and putting all the components of that move together. I wouldn't suggest students copy exactly what I am doing, but rather we study the techniques needed to complete that move. This is what I mean by small steps and once they get the hang of it, they get it. Once they got the hang of Taiji, the journey becomes easier.

Taiji is a very is actually a very sophisticated art. A lot of people perceive that Taiji is really easy, after all, it's just slow arm waving right? However, in reality Taiji can prove challenging. Many actually find Taiji to be more energetic than they thought, but in a good way. With patience, anybody can succeed in their Taiji journey.

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