The distinction between practice and training… 8


I’d like to make a distinction to my fellow practitioners between practice and training. Practice is something one does to deceive themselves and their seniors that they have in fact trained. The goal of practice is generally to look like whoever inspired one to practice in the first place.

Training on the other hand is sticking with the same boring exercise over and over again until it reveals itself to you. Stillness is the mother of movement, and if you train the same exercise over and over again it will cause you ( out of boredom) to seek out greater and greater details and comprehension. Training will actually make changes in the body that often cannot be seen only felt.

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8 thoughts on “The distinction between practice and training…

  • bob from ormond beach,fl.

    expect nothing and something might happen. mr chan often said, do not look like me look like you. train according to the principals and something will happen. mr chan also told me to never tell anyone he ever taught me anything………meaning that he considered himself only a guide and true learning is up to the individual. train.

  • David Saltman

    Out of boredom? Speak for yourself! I would say, “out of ever more careful observation, more intense focus of attention and a wish for constant improvement.”

    If one is bored, that should be recorded in the internal logbook and perhaps thought about actively when one is NOT practicing. IMHO.

      • Mark Jones

        Standing forces one to detach their mind from outside distractions; to let go. Most people find it very difficult and even frightening to be alone with themselves. Although it is difficult to do, once one gets past the initial anxiety, they can find themselves in a place they don’t want to leave; a place of serenity and security that is at the core of their self – their center. As Mr. Chan used to say, “before you can conquer an opponent, first learn to conquer yourself.”

  • Mike

    The role of boredom has often paid off for me and is a good way to promote insight, variation, imagination and awareness of ones core. I am glad someone else sees it’s value.