I hear people say they teach an advanced techniques, but what is it and how do you know it is and it is not just an intermediate technique! So lets take striking be it forehand or back hand, you are first taught to strike at general target area. Then you are taught to strike at specific target. This striking is done with fluid complete motion. Great so now you know how to hit something quickly and cleanly. So we have progressed from the most basic your teacher has slow you long range medium range and close range so you understand what it looks like, what I like term from Kung Fu Panda when the Sifu says now we have level zero!
Great, so now what? So you can hit and hurt your opponent, any little kid with stick can do that! That is basic! The next level is moving into intermediate and it should be to hit with accuracy and understand the target underneath it AKA why do you hit there! What is it you are trying to damage! Then you should be moving to hitting with a full beat, half beat quarter beat strikes you should be able to hear the rhythm of the sticks and learn how to develop your striking power from there. This still intermediate methods using forehand and backhand liner strikes. Now you can go into curving and twirling strikes this still just intermediate methods. These should be practice slowly and cleanly at first.
Unfortunately many teachers flip or omit the topographical anatomy so you look good but have no idea why you do what you do. I feel this is poor teaching. Moving on you should be learning about footwork and how to move and why you move where you do. It has a purpose not just a dance! So at this intermediate point you can hit with accuracy with liner strikes and curving strikes, understand what the targets are and the why to hit there, you have your basic footwork down on how to hit and move. Now you move into hitting but not getting hit still is an intermediate skill that includes bobbing weaving elastic movement etc, stepping off and counter striking. You should be able to perform broken rhythm off of fluid rhythm now.
OK so now we move into Advance Techniques, these would be methods such as understanding the fighting geometry that occurs and how in effects the fighting method, learning to feel where you are with your stick and hands, learning to hear the rhythms of the fight, control not just ranges but also the zones of the body and be able control the flow of the fight and redirect it. You have been taught the concept and the mechanics behind the method and the stick is just an extension of your body! Then you should be working on Chi generation and transmission. Your stick can move so cleanly that fast os slow it hums like a tuning fork.Now you are learning Advanced Techniques. Everything should be getting clear and familiar to you and you know it like you know your name. When someone says it is just a stick, is it just stick is it a path of learning?