Bonus ‘Common’ Beginners Mistake
Just quickly here’s another common beginners mistakes I’d like to shed light on.
Always wanting to learn new forms – My chi kung teacher, teaches about 7 different chi kung courses. I’ve taken the most ‘basic’ one at least 10 times. Why? Because it helped me to really master the fundamental (read most important) skills of chi kung.
But many people would never consider repeating the same course more than twice. And this isn’t just a mistake students make in chi kung, it’s common in all areas of life. As humans we seem addicted to the thrill of something new.
I remember years ago watching a famous football player taking a penalty during the world cup. I recall thinking about the massive pressure the player must feel and wondered how he could possibly make the kick. Well he did – and scored a goal.
This prompted me to take a quick look into how professionals train in sports and I realised that they repeat important parts of their sport, over and over and over and over and over again.
Success in chi kung is dependent on the skill level of the student, not the chi kung exercise they are practicing. A beginner could practice a super high level chi kung exercise like ‘Big Universe’ and get less benefits than a master practicing a super basic level chi kung exercise like ‘Lifting the Sky’ – why? Because in chi kung – skill rules.
Repetition is the mother of skill. In martial arts there is a saying that you don’t fear the martial artists who knows 100 different kicks, but has only practiced each one a hundred times. No, you fear the martial artist who knows one kick, but has practiced it 10 000 times.
Avoid the thinking that says: ‘The more chi kung exercises you know the better at chi kung you are.’ Learning new chi kung exercises is a great way to dilute your focus. I’d recommend you choose 2 or 3 chi kung exercises you really like and enjoy and spend most of your practice on those.
This way you can really focus on developing the 3 core skills of chi kung:
- Enter a QSOM
- Flowing Breeze Swaying Willows
- Standing Zen
In the long term, you’ll be glad you did.
Bye for now
Marcus James Santer