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Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself

The above Chinese proverb tells us that a good teacher is inevitably important in achieving anything in life not to say in learning chen taijiquan. This martial art is far too difficult to be mastered only by imitating or seeing a teacher on a video or even in a class. If one could learn by way of seeing and listening only then there would be no dearth of good masters today in the world. But no! A good teacher has to lead a disciple step by step, helping him to become aware of both, body and its movement and then to overcome the difficulties as well.

Or as our saying goes; a teacher first needs to point to a student that there is a door and then opens it at appropriate time. This last would usually happen only through student’s sincere and persistent effort.

Master Fu and Laou

Master Fu with Laowu (Photo: Roy Hanney)

This post was inspired when a friend of mine posted a photo of Master Fu Nengbin giving instructions to his coaches. The young boy on the picture is one of the best coaches in Master Fu’s school. And what impressed me the most is the dedication and spirit of both – the master and the student.

Marko and Dragi Bedina; Taiji – Zlati petelin

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  1. It’s a funny thing but I was only the other day chatting to Lao Wu about teaching and we discussed the very same metaphor. He agreed that this is exactly what coaching is all about and why it is different from instructing. We talked about how at the early stages instructing is just saying put the hands here, put the feet there. Where as coaching is more subtle and requires the teacher to present the student with the doorway. To encourage them to step through, to offer them the opportunity and the support. But ultimately it is up to the student to take the step.Some serious synchronicity going on there.

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