The beginner always, curated

Perpetual learner, deliberate practice, repetition without repetition, intellectual humility, openness to new ways of learning. … They don’t mention taijiquan, but in fits the bill in this BBC article.

“How a ‘beginners mindset’ can help you learn anything”


Lots of beginners in the tai chi community

Last year, I attended a weekend workshop with a well-known teacher and author. It was partly an intensive review of the standardized Yang 24 form, which I had only recently learned. I was a beginner in effect, practicing with other beginners and seasoned practitioners. I was reminded that every time I stand in wuji I am beginning again. I am thinking like a beginner. A beginner, perhaps similar to Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, is not someone who knows nothing, or is even novice; rather one who has yet to come to this point in a journey of learning. Beginning is a most crucial stage, that’s why it’s always important to go back to the beginning when you lose your way.