Basics are very important. For Xing Yi practitioners, repeated practice of the five elements is vital. No matter which art you practice, you must train until the movements of your art are refined and natural, they must become a part of you. The teacher must really teach the student or the student will not improve much not matter how hard he trains.
When fighting, remember that your opponent is "alive" and your movement must also be "alive." It is also important to practice until you can issue power from a short distance in a natural manner. With practice, what initially feels stiff and uncomfortable will become natural and flexible. It is much like playing the piano, a beginner's fingers are stiff and the movements forced. With continued practice, however, the fingers become relaxed and flexible and playing is natural.
Finally, it is the responsibility of the student to take what the teacher has given him and explore its possible variations and changes. The Chinese say "Jiu Yi Fan San" (to infer to whole from one part). Like a good parent, the teacher should encourage his student to go out and become a teacher in his own right or seek other teachers after he has reached a certain level in training.
No matter which art you practice, you must train until the movements of your art are refined and natural, they must become a part of you.
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