I have been thinking about something all wrong.
When I prepare for something special, like a demonstration or especially a workshop like I attended a few weeks ago with Chen Huixian, I have approached it with the wrong mental attitude.
I often think that I need to prepare myself, get my body stronger and be able to "rise to the occasion."
But what I need to do is "sink to the occasion."
Let me explain.
I practiced Laojia Yilu two nights ago. Actually, I practiced three movements from Laojia Yilu. And then I isolated my practice to just one move.
I spent a lot of time on Hidden Hand Punch, and the sinking and spiraling -- not in the punch itself, but in the movements leading up to the punch, when your hands sweep low and outward, then spiral inwards as you close into the right kua, one hand flat and one in a fist.
Practicing the internal arts is like practicing the piano, or any musical instrument. My body is my instrument, and...