Quiet Eye

An expert is one who has a quiet eye; one that can spot details that the average Joe will miss.

Today I saw a video on FB.

The blurb said that :-

Fong Pak Shing (1923-2008) performs the Long Form of the traditional Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan. Fong Pak Shing studied the Yang style of Tai Chi with the famous Tung Ying Chieh, who was a main disciple of Yang Cheng Fu. The movements of Fong Pak Shing performing the Long Form very much reflect the spirit and quality of the Tai Chi of Tung Ying Chieh.

Mmmmm, this is interesting ……………… Let’s take a look.

So what do you think. Does Fong Pak Shing reflect the spirit and quality of Tung’s Tai Chi?

On the surface some of the characteristics of what Tung Ying Chieh shows on his video came through. But those with a quiet eye would have spotted certain things, right? Or did you miss them?

Let’s take a look at a video of Tung Ying Chieh himself and see for ourselves :-

Did you see them? Those little things that don’t quite gel with what Tung Ying Chieh is showing.

How about if you take a look at his son, Tung Hu Ling who is my grandmaster? Let’s see …….

Granted there is a difference in flavor but the overall characteristics between father and son is there.This comparison video makes it easier to see :-

How about between father and grandson? Tung Kai Ying was said to be personally trained by Tung Ying Chieh himself. Take a look……..

Finally, after I finished this post I spotted another video on which we can exercise our quiet eye. This is a video of a student of Tung Kai Ying doing the long form :-

So you see as part of your learning journey in trying to Master Tai Chi Today you must learn to tell the difference and discriminate between that which will help you on the road to mastery and that which will cause you to miss by a mile.

The road to learning how to tell the difference and subsequently acquiring a quiet eye begins by learning the principles of the Tai Chi Classics properly instead of learning bits and pieces and ending up with a picture that won’t click together.

Learning an incomplete picture would be a tragic waste of time. Most learners don’t care if they learn wrong things but for the serious student to pick up bad habits means that later you not only have to learn new habits but also to get rid of your old habits that stand in the way of your mastery.

Believe me when I tell you that getting a student to learn new things would be so much easier if they didn’t have these old habits that keep coming back and seem impossible to eradicate. Its part and parcel of learning but think about how much more faster a student can make progress if he did not come with excess baggage of old habits.


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