My feelings on training time have changed over the years. When I was young and single and had few other obligations, I could train for hours each day, and I loved it. That is well and fine when you are young and full of energy and unattached and with few other obligations.
As we get older, most of us have other obligations and don't have the time available to keep up that pace. We get married, we have children, we have jobs, we go back to school, etc. these are important things, and absolutely deserve our attention. If I didn't spend time with my son as he grows up, developing that relationship with him, because I wanted to spend two and a half hours a day in training, and that was the only way to carve the time out of my busy schedule, that would be a real shame. That is a sacrifice not worth making. I hope he will be interested in learning Kung fu as he grows older, and that will be time for he and I to spend together and will be more time for me to train again. But if I fail to develop a strong relationship with him when he is young, I can all but guarantee that he will not want to spend the time with me when he grows older. That's a bad trade.
That aside, I do begin to wonder, when someone trains for six hours a day, for what are they training? Life needs balance. Training all the time can exclude other things in life that are also important, like family and friends and school and career choices. Being a one-trick pony gets old, and that level of intensity requires constant work to maintain it. Your life can become all about training, simply for training's sake, with no real purpose.
Your training should serve you. You should not become a slave to the training. And life should have balance.
Yeah, there are times in life when more training is possible, and appropriate, and times when it is not. The key is to recognize when it is, and when it is not. In the end, don't ignore your family, don't become a slave to the training, don't be a one-trick pony. Find balance, and that can mean different things at different times.Agreed
My shifu was in his early 70s, his kids were grown and his wife was off somewhere with friends and he was not interested in going. It was California, it was warm, so he did taiji for 6 hours and loved it. But then he loves taijiquan. As for his regular training schedule, he was up awful early in the morning (4) and later in the evening around 11. Now I do not know how much he trains at the moment, I do not see him that much these days and he spends much of h is time baby sitting grandchildren. But then I do not think he views it as training, it is something he simply loves to do.
As for in Hong Kong, that was the norm for his shifu's students at that time, of course he was in his late teens/early twenties then too.
As for me, the reason I have not train 1.5 to 2 hours a day of late is my daughter, she needed me more so I was there. Now, she needs me less, she is older, so I have found myself sitting and watching TV when I could be doing taiji, or anything else for that matter