I wish I was that fly on the wall.
Or maybe there was no fly at all.
A few years back, how long(?), I have forgotten, a student touched hands with a friend and videod it.
Before the event I gave him some advice on what he could try. However, as the video showed he practically couldn’t carry out any of what I suggested.
Cut to 2019. He had another encounter. More time passed since then. Wiser, more prepared to listen to my advice not to over focus on power. And I made him do some simple techniques.
Actually, those weren’t simple techniques. They are part of our 5 Tigers expression of techniques transmitted by Master Leong. I just taught them in a simpler, accessible manner so that they are easier to pick up.
He said, he claimed he had a much easier going this time around. I was tempted to say, yes, but where is the video evidence.
OK, maybe he didn’t made any. It would have been nice to see if he actually did what he said. Not so much as to cast doubt but to see how well he did it, and to spot room for improvement.
No matter. I showed him where he could improve further. The techniques may be external but underneath are the principles culled from what I learned in Dong style Tai Chi and the style of Grandmaster Wei Shuren.
Yeah, he had to bring up the power thing again. My point again – power is useless without the means of delivering it. So the technique matters. Speed matters. Then when all are in place deliver the power.
Power. Forget internal, forget external. Go with what works in that split second that you have to issue it. Don’t do anything fanciful. Quick, just do it.
How? Use simple, proven biomechanics that is backed by principles of our Tai Chi approach. The method looks external but feels internal. Few tweaks here and there to get the power out in a penetrating and strong manner.
When the time comes I will introduce him to a more focused method of training the power. Just appetizer for now, something to get started. Small bites.