Most of us understand instinctively that to be truly competent at anything, Kung Fu, Sport, playing a Musical Instrument we only accomplish it once we can free ourselves up, free up our thinking, free up our emotions, be uninhabited physically, give our body permission to choose what it believes to be the best option.
This is a paradox that as Humans we seem to meet at every juncture, every turning point in our existence, unless we set ourselves free we will usually fall short of our goal, our best efforts are hampered by our own limitations.
But where did these limitations come from?
The short answer is ourselves, short but not very helpful.
The longer and more complex answer is that we worked hard and long to put these limitations in place, we chose to do this consciously and deliberately. The first step to Freeing Ourselves Up is to understand and accept that this is what we did, and possibly what we are still doing.
When we began Kung Fu training we had nothing, no ability, no knowledge but of greater importance no limitations, but that is not such a good thing, without limits to work within it is easy to wander off and get lost, in time limits become limitations, however without limitations to escape we can never set ourselves free , so we really had no choice but to introduce some, there is no other way.
In respect of Wing Chun all of our Forms, all of our Chi Sau all of our training is to a certain extent the systematic creation of limitations. The building of a cage that from day one we intend to escape from.
To be able to grow in an environment fraught with limitations we instinctively become creative, expansive.
Limitations are the Bridge that spans the gulf between ‘not knowing’ and ‘knowing’.
All of our Forms, all of our Chi Sau, all of our training are nothing more than the plans to a gilded cage, they are important, indeed essential if we ever intend to transcend from trying, to doing, the big question is ‘how and when do we break out’?
To continually work on the same things may seem like a way to improve but how can it be? How you trained last year, last month, last week is what it took to get you to where you are now, how can doing the same thing possibly take you anywhere else, if you always do the same thing you will always get the same result, all constant repetition does is force your knowledge to stagnate, progress is movement, progress is change.
Learn the Form, but seek the formless. Learn it all, then forget it all. Learn the Way, then find your own Way.