This is all good stuff Mr mook. Proper relaxation coupled with intent is something I've been trying to teach a private student lately. He's trained with a few different sifus in Malaysia and he knows a lot of techniques but as soon as we touch hands and I let my mind "rest" on him, he can't do anything. It's frustrating for him, as it was for me but he's slowly getting it. I told him I wouldn't teach him for a month and that he should go home and just practice SLT with relaxing and intent as focus.
I've got a new private student starting today at 5pm and I'm not letting him learn anything until he can stand properly. I'm going to try something new with him; have him start with some zhang zhuang basic postures and deep breathing exercises to teach him to use his mind to relax and then some basic structure tests. After that he's going to practice chung choi in the basic stance and that's it for a 2 hour lesson. He'll probably think I'm rippnig him off and quit but sod it eh?lol