"Follow the rules in all respects, and a narrow beam of understanding will appear" - Chen Xin
Every discipline has its own rules that have to be mastered if you are going to progress to a higher level. In music you have to learn the scales, etc ... Why do so many people find this so hard to understand? You give a simple instruction - "lift your head up" and the response is "but what about my feet"? ..."in my Japanese martial arts class we do it like this and the teacher says its ok"... "but I feel more comfortable when I do it my way"... and on and on and on!
Chen Taijiquan has a clear and progresive syllabus that has been passed down and developed for more than 300 years. Everything in it is there for a reason. In his notes from the 1986 Taijiquan Theory convention in Chengdu, China Chen Xiaowang advised: "Don't discard any aspect of it before you have full understanding!"
|An early shot of Chen Xiaowang|
So all you have to do is to have confidence in your system (otherwise why are you doing it in the first place?) and follow the rules!