“I don’t want to practice, cause I am afraid I don’t know what I am doing, and I don’t want to practice wrong. “
How many times have I heard a new student tell me this?
And I understand the sentiment. I do.
Learning something new, we all want to do it well, we want to get it right.
But in reality, when we are just learning something – how can we practice in anyway other than wrong? And then, by practicing we discover how to learn. We see where our questions are, and where we enjoy the movement, and what part is hard for us. Practice becomes our exploration. And the exploration is the journey. The journey of taij.
It’s like saying I want to live, but I don’t want to make any mistakes, so I won’t start living until I am perfect. Well, none of us would have learned to walk or talk, much less become functioning competent adults in the world.
Same thing with Taiji – you can’t wait until you are good at it to practice it. You have to start where you are.
The only caveat……don’t hurt yourself. Practice, practice wrong, and if it hurts, stop and talk to your teacher to find out what is wrong so you can correct it. And then go back and practice your new learning some more.
Til the next move
Enjoy your practice