6. Auxiliary Training

In addition to these aforementioned five aspects there are other drills which complete a good practitioners training, these do not fit into any of the traditional categories, in particular certain conditioning methods such as punching with hand weights, handstands, rolls etc are of great use.

Learning Tai Chi Chuan.

The first requirement for learning Tai Chi Chuan is to establish your reasons for doing so; if you wish to learn all aspects, then I am able to teach them to you ( not all instructors can do so), if you wish to learn only for health purposes then I am happy for you to continue your training in forms. However I do generally teach students pushing hand drills and other martial aspects right from the first lesson as I believe that each aspect improves the students ability to perform the others. A good student will observe the following criteria, he/she

  • practises;
  • looks and listens;
  • thinks, then asks;
  • is neither too harsh or too soft with their training partners;
  • constantly seeks to learn both inside and outside the class;
  • trains and competes honestly.

Whilst it is useful to read appropriate books on Chinese philosophy etc, if you want to be able to use what you have learned there is no substitute for daily practice ( even a small amount of time will bear dividends). In Tai Chi Chuan, as in life, there are many armchair experts. Don't be one of them !!!

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