I really enjoyed Sifu’s class last night. I felt I learned so much in a couple of hours that I had to make a couple of pages of notes as soon as I got home to avoid forgetting anything. So much to learn...
People invest in expensive
technology, a car that they have to buy on 'hire purchase', bottles of wine,
trips to the coffee shop and expensive holidays.
Yet, they are not willing to spend money on their own
fitness and wellbeing.
A mobile phone will probably date in a couple of years... how
long will your body be with you for?
As a teacher I am continually impressed with Sifu Waller's teaching system, resources
and the time he takes with classes. I often feel like emailing him to thank
him for another outstanding lesson but a) this could happen most weeks and
b) I do actually feel guilty for not being a good enough student.
Every year my charity has a Strategy Day. A professional Facilitator
is usually hired for the event. Up to a dozen people put their heads
together all day long and never produce very much.
by the time I get downstairs in a morning, Sifu has already written a
'to do list' of new insights for me to consider. These cover a diverse
range of topics (including but not limited to): - class management - teaching - qigong, taijiquan, baguazhang, core strength, combat insights - the syllabus - meditation - time management - diet - targetting muscle groups I feel are underworked
An amusing insight regarding 'corrections' is this: in real terms your teacher doesn't actually correct you...
They merely point out what you are doing incorrectly and provide an accurate example. It is the student themselves who does the correcting. After all, the teacher cannot make you practice at home between classes, can they?
Once the teacher has highlighted a mistake, it is the student's own responsibility to implement and practice the correction.