The next step is always contingent upon the previous one.
If you are good at qigong, then form is strong.
When training form, you can focus on form alone.
You should not be even thinking about basic movement and structure
principles (qigong skills).
If your form is good, then you can spend your partner work practice
addressing how your skills affect the opponent.
You should not be thinking about coordination and physical harmony when
doing partner work.
Each stage of practice has its own unique set of considerations.
Understanding this enables you to build strong martial skills.