Understanding the classic quotation ” My opponent is first to move, I am first to arrive”
Most martial artists trained to make their reflexes quick. This is actually detrimental in Yang family Taijiquan. The following example has me explaining how my quick responses actually caused me to engage strength versus strength. When I let my opponent make his energetically expression with no response, then this allows me to borrow his strength to build my Jin. I make room for his energy to ground out by not responding to it too quickly. When he grounds out by either pushing or pulling on my structure, he builds Jin for me or loads my springs. I essentially want to remove the middleman to get a more direct and timely response. It is in this way that I arrive first even though I patiently waited for his energy. He hits the wall and my Jin is the bullet that ricochets off of that wall.