It wasn’t a workshop, but a gathering of friends. Still, there was some excellent instruction alongside the camaraderie, good food and the view of thousands of salmon resting in pools below a raging waterfall. So much excitement, so little sleep, not enough down time to heal the aches and pains from the difficult training.
Shifu also taught a good technique for remembering what he says. When he says something you want to remember you repeat it word for word out loud. It’s so simple and sounds foolish, but it works.
Another major thing he tried to get us to do was give up punching. What you do instead is tighten your fist and straighten a line from it to your back foot. You turn yourself into a spear with one end stuck in the ground. When the opponent attacks, he impales himself on your spear. In the same vein, when an opponent pushes, don’t push back. Instead, stiffen yourself in line with your back foot and his push will bounce him backwards without any push on your part.