Mastering kung fu is the mastery of the details that make up the system. Perfection is unobtainable, but the endless pursuit of it is the mantra of most serious martial artists. With this in place, self-improvement is a way of life.
Throughout your training you will be taught many things. Shaolin kung fu is a vast art and tung lung (praying mantis) also has a great deal to it (although not as much as shaolin). Because of this, some of what you’re taught will be grasped somewhat easily at first (at least you think it is), meanwhile, a good deal of it may be difficult to digest and you might find yourself struggling. At this point, remember that if it was easy anyone could do it and clearly that is not the case.
When you have been taught something new or had something corrected, take the time to practice it after class or when you get home to commit it to memory (both brain and muscle). Ask a higher rank, preferably the highest rank available, for guidance if needed. It is important to do your best to learn things properly the first time. But as it is can sometimes be difficult to get things the first time , it is important to listen and pay attention when you are being corrected. Do your best to make the correction permanent and not go back to doing it incorrectly again in the next class. Your instructor can only do so much – the endless pursuit of perfection falls on your shoulders.