This is where ‘CONTEXT’ becomes more important than content.

The last post generated a lot more chat than usual, and as a result, I have had a few interesting conversations about the ‘What and Why” of training.

You have all heard me say on many occasions that “if you do not know what you are looking for, you will struggle to find it”.

It is not just me that thinks this way.

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.

Winston Churchill

It makes little difference if we think that Wing Chun is a self-defence system or fighting style because when we do get in trouble, we will not be thinking, we will just be doing our STUFF.

But it does make a ‘Massive’ difference to our training.

Because that is where we get the information that becomes our STUFF.

So it is a bit of a no-brainer that the most important thing for any of us to get from our training is confidence in the information.

Not only confidence that what we are being taught will work, everything will work if we get the chance to use it.

But confidence that WE would be able to use that information as intended. 

Does our training leave us fully and correctly prepared?

Not just physically and mentally.


So that confidence we are developing had better align itself with how we present ourselves to the world, and most importantly how we think about ourselves.

If not, when push comes to shove, we will hesitate to make that decision, it will go badly for us.

HE WHO HESITATES IS LOST – “Swift and resolute action lead to success; self-doubt is a prelude to disaster.  

Joseph Addison.

This is where ‘CONTEXT’ becomes more important than content.

This is why we must know if we are learning to defend ourselves or if we are learning how to fight.

There is no right or wrong side it is simply a choice.

If you are training with me and think you are learning how to FIGHT, you are with the wrong teacher.

Do not let this confuse you, self-defence is not being SOFT.

Self-defence is not “NOT FIGHTING”.

Self-defence is a starting position, it is a choice we make to allow the ‘Bad Guy’ to make his own bed.

Then we put him in it.

That is a choice I can live with.

That is a choice that reflects how I see myself.


 Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. —

Winston Churchill

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