There was a student back in 2005 that purchased the DVD, Vol. 2 and did not purchase Vol. 1, Overview. He stated at the time that he felt he should get input from every possible source rather than confining himself to one commitment. He would continually say things that made it crystal clear he did not understand the overall structure, rationale and goals of Classical Tai Chi. My teacher addressed that in an email to him because he said he did not feel it was necessary to view the "Overview DVD Vol. 1":
Master hwa said: "I think if you have studied vol 1 Overview, it will be much clear,to you the overall structure, rational and goal of learning Classical Tai Chi. Vol 2 Form Instruction is teaching details. It will take a while learning individual trees before you can see the forest."
The only thing this student seemed to accomplish was to be "lost". He seemed to want to clutter himself with too much information as fast as possible. The problem with "clutter" is that one cannot see the forest for the trees as my teacher says...the way is not clear. In the early stages of learning one needs direct pathways to find stuff...I refer to the establishment of "neural pathways" in the brain.
Why burden oneself, complicate things with "neural paths" that resemble nothing better than a giant plate of noodles, with no starting point or end? The same holds true for starting on Vol. 2 DVD before viewing Vol. 1 Overview. That would be like buying a map that resembled a plate of noodles.
It also occurs to me that folks don't much like my telling them how to get their learning organized, to get the "neural paths" in order. Cetainly, my aim is not to force anyone to do things right, it can be frustrating to students if viewed that way. However, I've seen too many students that aim too high or burden themselves with all the wrong concerns. Remember, the ignition of a fire cannot be rushed, it takes proper structure time and patience....and there is a distinct rationale to reaching that goal.