Study Checklist & Practice Log
The Masich Internal Arts Method includes The 5 Section Taijiquan Program, The Yang-style Taijiquan Program, The Xingyiquan-Baguazhang Program, and other internal arts training. Mastering this material demands dedicated study and practice—but there is something else. It is important to keep track of what you have learned! Below are tools for helping you assess where you are in having learned the curriculum and for keeping track of how much, and at what level, you are practicing.
1. The Masich Internal Arts Method Curriculum Checklist displays the entire curriculum in a simple, clickable spreadsheet form. The document you create allows you to see what you have learned and what might be missing.
Providing us with your Curriculum Checklist is the first step to becoming a 'Recognized Student.'
Request a Masich Internal Arts Method Curriculum Checklist
2. The Masich Internal Arts Method Practice Log has been especially designed to help you keep track of your training routines and practice habits. Your record of practice provides the basis for evaluating your progress with the material.
Providing us with your Practice Log is a requirement for 'Instructor Students' and 'Indoor Students.'
Request a Masich Internal Arts Method Practice Log
The three ways of practice
Once you have acquired the rudiments of a skill it is possible to practice in ways that allow you to 'maintain,' 'improve' or 'master' that skill. Practice for maintenance allows preservation of your already acquired taijiquan skills and provides some health benefits. Practice for improvement helps you with skill performance consistency and opens the potential for a deeper mind-body experience of the art. Practice for mastery allows you to move beyond the constraints of form and to personalize and internalize the art at higher levels.
The ability to focus yourself in your personal practice is ultimately what leads to excellence and mastery. Practice rituals that set the tone for your work are personal and take time to develop. Preparing the practice space by sweeping the floor, tidying up litter, or changing clothes; routines for preparing tea, applying liniment, or showing respect to masters; turning off distractions, standing in silence, or developing a suitable playlist of practice music—these can all make a positive difference to one's progress over time.
Value your training partners
A partner who you can practice with, who has a similar desire to improve, knows the same material, and who will show up, is a rare gift that should not be treated lightly. It does not matter if you are in complete agreement on everything. Good training partners allow and help one another to explore, experiment, and improve. Getting caught up in petty conflicts or personality differences should be avoided. Issues should be managed with compromise, tolerance, and patience. Maintaining a sense of humour is important in these relationships. It is not necessary for you to be close friends with your training partners—there are practice buddies who have trained together for decades that have never socialized with one another.