There are some similar philosophical/pedagogical precepts in the Indtroductory material to the yoga book I'm using.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of trying the right way. It isthe how you try that is the single most important factor in the benefits you receive. The fact that you cannot do the postures perfectly , according to the directions in the book and the beautiful pictures of my students , should be of no consequence to you. These directions and the pictures are your ultimate goals for the postures. If you try hard today, apply your concentration one hundred percent, follow the directions step by step, and use your strength where called for, then you are doing a perfect posture for you for today. This is what it means to try the right way. You give a one hundred percent effort in all aspects, and you receive one hundred percent of the benefit medically, physically and mentally.
These words may well be experienced if not proven, more inspirational than solid informational.
The book was initially published with photographs in 1978. He has then and now pictures of two women students who have followed his routine and surprisingly the women look as youthful and robust now as they did in the 1978 exercise photographs.
From discussion with my son, I believe that Master Thompson is a student of and an advocate of energy medicine where much emphasis is placed upon imaging and intention and he shows applications to karate in his seminars.
My own teacher, Sensei Martin, gives few direct corrections, believing that proper modeling and explanation of techniques is adequate for most students and that individual corrections aren't put into effect by the majority of students until they reach an appropriate stage of "readiness" at which time they will self-correct from the proper exposition of the techniques by the class instructor.
He also believes that if a student has the intent to improve and works long enough and hard enough the student will get better to the degree his body and physical limitations allow.
Actually, trying to correct 400 students on an individual basis isn't realistic. He devotes his time to working with his class instructors and teaching growth areas of his business as in his Certified Instructor Training Program and partnering as a consultant with other Uechi dojo owners.
In these contexts, "Try the Right Way" means doing the right things