There also comes a stage is a student’s practice when he or she will insist “the more I practise, the worse I get!”
When this happens, I always tell them that this is a good sign. In fact, it usually indicates that the student is improving.
There will always be awkward phases in the development of any skill. But when a tai chi student begins to hit this phase, it shows that they are reaching a new level of awareness.
Beginners can’t imagine all the mistakes they are making. And that is a very good thing. As a teacher, I make it a point to never point out a beginner’s errors. Instead I look for something, anything, that they are doing correctly. I then say, “Very good, more practice” just as my teacher taught me.
The teacher’s job at this point is to help the student to develop the appropriate response.
They should congratulate themselves, and keep practising.