Anytime you perform a new technique, make sure to take your time to allow yourself to develop proper habits. Every single repetition counts. Once something becomes a habit, it is difficult to correct. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that you are developing proper habits from the start.
In order to do this, you shouldn't be concerned with speed or power. Instead, you should be focused on proper posture, alignment, relaxation, precision and coordination. The only time it is acceptable to attempt to increase speed or power is after you have performed a sufficient number of controlled repetitions and have developed proper body awareness and muscle memory. This way, the application of speed or power will not derail your movement from its most efficient and effective path. Any application of speed or power prior to having developed proper technique will increase the time it will take to develop proper technique.
To ensure that we will perform well when it counts, we must practice well and make sure each repetition counts towards that goal. Under extreme pressure, the only thing that we have to rely upon are the habits we are developing now. Let’s make sure they are good ones.
Sifu Gary Ma