Learning and unlearning
Learn the form to find the frame. Learn the frame to unlearn the form. The sequence helps you find alignment and internal structure. But once the internal structure is understood, the sequence can become secondary. It is important to remember, however, that this is not an easy or quick process. Forms are an important part of training, otherwise they would not be the basis of so many internal...
Take it slow, but don't make it slow
Shifu Yan at Taishan School of Martial Arts told my class that practicing the taiji form slowly doesn’t mean making the movements slow. It requires instead that we play attention to the internal connections, the openings and closings, of the form. Doing this will keep you from speeding through the routine. Not doing this will result in an empty form.
Practice is a gradual process of refinement. Through careful repetition, the postures and movements change and shape the body.