Well.. I think what appears to be the easiest is often the hardest to do. I recall a conversation I had with a friend and he told me that his first and foremost is to do zhanzhuang and then if he has time left over, he’ll do the form. At first, I thought this was a bit strange but it really emphasizes the importance of foundational training. Sure, doing zhanzhuang or drills may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but believe me, it works.
I recall a couple of summers ago, I got really big into zhanzhuang, doing it daily on a regular basis. I then came home to my hometown and my teacher had commented on how much better my form was and asked me what I was doing. I told him zhanzhuang and he just smiled saying that’s the key that nobody pays attention to and then he proceeded to show me other postures that I could work on during zhanzhuang.
Lately, over lunch, I only dedicated about 25% of the time to zhanzhuang & chansigong! After some chatting with one of my instructors, I think it’d be much better if I adhered to these past wisdoms and flip flop that. I plan on dedicating at least 75% of the session to zhanzhaung and chansigong and 25% on forms practice. I’m gonna give this a shot for 3-6 months to see how things come along.