During the holiday season, most of us have a rare addition; down time. I've been taking full advantage of this down time by re-examining my training and making notes on how I can improve my martial arts.
When I was getting my certification in taijiquan at the Hunyuan Academy, I wrote down, thought about, and practiced everything that Master Chen instructed me on. Due to Youtube, his website and the book he translated from his teacher, the late GM Hong Junsheng (pictured)- I can re-examine the form, movement drills and applications.
After jotting down a small amount of notes, I pack up my supplies (water, notebook, and phone) and find a shady spot to practice.
My movements are slow. Slow movements help you to concentrate on the myriad of principles one must keep connection with without losing control. Relaxed control may seem paradoxical, but is the aim during these sessions.
Practice a small portion of the form. Practice a portion of a portion. Strive towards perfection and the most important aspect of any practice: enjoy the process!
Happy Holidays my friends,
Coach Michael Joyce