I don't think students appreciate or understand the sacrifices teachers go through, until they become teachers. Good luck, as you transition into this next chapter of your life. It doesn't seem so much as retiring, but downsizing.
You do know you are free to play, as you wish?
another way to play
and still a third
I had this epiphany years ago. One time I play, as I was taught. The next, smooth but faster. The next, smooth adding the Fa-Jing. I make my Tai Ji, my Tai Ji; I own it.
Before this I wanted to...
Not necessarily. At my house it is over the top, except for the Winter; when the heater blows and unrolls it. Although, I've been experimenting with crushing the roll slightly; this seems to work. It also helps limit over-rolling when unrolling.
I've experienced a similar situation. Yes, press on; this gives you something to measure against. Better to spend 15 years looking for the right teacher, than 5 years training with the wrong one. Oh, and don't be too hard on yourself, you don't know what you don't know.
My Sifu would say good Kung Fu is just good Kung Fu.
All martial arts should have proper body mechanics and energy.
I think these basics have been lost over the years, due to people simply studying from video, not touching hands, etc; not really knowing.
Sorry, the things you write; sound exactly like ideas I've been taught.
The way we define Hung Gar is strong stance, power issued to the extremities; through the Dan Tien. Sound familiar?
I don't meet many other people who have strong training. I would have to say, you do. I hope we could...
I've often thought about manufacturing some kind of Kevlar neck wrap. Most big cats attack from behind and kill by suffocation.
I've also thought about carrying in state parks. Would it be better to have to answer for that, and be alive or the other alternative?