the Knives and the Pole are not genuine weapon systems, they are just Wing Chun weight training.
Following on from K.Starr’s post on “Training for Mistakes”, if you have not seen it here is a link to it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7kHoPof-uw
Here at W.C.S. We frequently try to put this advice into action, the default method of training against partner resistance is a good place to start but it is basic and if we are thinking “Schools and Education” it would fit somewhere around the late primary school level.
I have maintained for years that the Knives and the Pole are not genuine weapon systems, they are just Wing Chun weight training.
With the amount of free information available to us from people like Kelly Starrett, we are doing ourselves no favours by continually looking backwards.
When people refer to me and say ‘his Wing Chun is external, physical’, they completely miss the point. It is only our training that is physical, humans are physical beings.
What we train is what we use.
If our overriding priority is to relax, what cues are we sending to our muscles with regards to action?
Why are we training in a certain way? To have a certain outcome?
These movements are behaviours that we are trying to reinforce, practise does not make perfect, practice makes permanent.
Are we training for behaviour change, or are we only training to accomplish a task?
If it was in any way possible to create dynamic power by relaxing or moving slowly and softly why don’t Olympic weightlifters use this technique?
What are we really training to defeat? In my mind, it is the impractical silliness that is so often found in Kung Fu.
Many Wing Chun people are training relaxation, training mind power, here at W.C.S. We train to hit really hard.
TRAIN YOUR WEAKNESS, WORK TO YOUR STRENGTH.