What You Are Practicing Is Not Yours

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A teacher was kind enough to share with me his method of practicing. I was pretty new to Taiji at that time, and I was concerned that my Taiji would not be “pure” as there are so many different practicing methods that I would want to add to my routine.

The advice from the teacher was quite a rude shock.

“What you are practicing now is still your teacher’s, and only when you have truly understood and mastered it would it become yours.”

I once thought Taiji is all about the Taiji routines. However I soon found out that even though I can perform the Taiji routines without forgetting any step, I was still unable to apply the Taiji principles during the push hands sessions. What I lacked was the true understanding and mastery of the principles behind the Taiji routines.

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