"If a student expends a day’s efforts they will obtain a day’s results. As the days and months accumulate success will come."

Fu Zhongwen

Internal arts practice is certainly not for the immediate gratification crowd. There’s a saying that I like to use; “many come to the table but few stay for the meal.” What this means is that lots of people like the idea of learning internal arts but very few are patient or persistent enough to put the required time and energy into this art form to finalize some results.

Practicing what you know, every day, is a prerequisite to advancement. In the beginning of one’s practice you might only know three forms, but you should be playing with and dissecting those three forms to no end. It is by self-study that one will gain the internal insights into the forms that will then stick with you for the rest of your life. A good teacher can plant the seed that will point you in the right direction to start cultivating the answers but it is the responsibility of the student to germinate that seed.

Do not think of your practice as work or duty; instead think of your practice as a time to play. Children learn many things quite quickly through play and this is a good model to follow in any practice that you wish to incorporate into your lifestyle.

Not many people wake up every day and feel that they want to go to work, but if you happen to be going skiing that day or heading out for a vacation then you’ll have a completely different energy about you. This excited energy of play should be cultivated not only in one’s practice but I believe throughout society as a whole.

Play with what you love to do and love what you are playing with.