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SOLO TRAINING. THANKS COVID.

WHY AM I HERE, WHERE AM I GOING?

“Who decides where we hit the Bad Guy”?

Solo training is a double-edged sword, if we get it right, it can open everything up and make even the most difficult things seem simple.

If we get it wrong, we are almost doing a different Martial Art that at best can only offer confusion.

The difference between our training being on the ‘Fairway’ or being in the ‘Rough’ is not physical, it is intentional, just like the golf analogy it is all about direction.

Direction only comes into being once we know the destination, where are we trying to send it to?

Solo training is small picture stuff, just us, on our own, doing some movements, making some shapes.

But even small pictures live inside the big picture.

Why are we in this place doing this thing?

Here is a thought to engage while looking at the small picture stuff.

It may help with context and clarity of vision.

Then again it may not.

“Who decides where we hit the Bad Guy”?

Wing Chun is a counter-attacking Martial Style, everything we do is in response to what someone is trying to do to us.

It is a little bit like Chess, he moves we move in a better way.

The Bad Guy decides where and when we hit him, think about that.

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IT IS WHAT IT IS, BUT WHAT IS IT?

HOKA HEY

“turn on, tune in and drop out”.

To understand Wing Chun, we need to understand or at least reconnect with something we have always known.

An aid to this end is to think like an Artist, not a Martial Artist, but an “Art” artist.

We need to be more like a playwright, such as Bill Shakespeare.

Or a visual artist such as Mark Rothko.

Or even better a poet such as John Keats.

It was Keats who coined the phrase “Negative Capability”

for a writer to pursue a vision of artistic beauty even when it leads them into intellectual confusion and uncertainty, as opposed to a preference for philosophical certainty over artistic beauty.

J.K.

In many ways, this spins me back to the heady days of my misspent youth, to the hip ‘Harvard’ professor Timothy Leary who advised us all to “turn on, tune in and drop out”.

Every time we get astonished by some new information from our teacher, when we cannot believe we can do so much with so little we are in the universe of “Negative Capability”, and the citizens that thrive there.

What did these diverse individual entities such as Shakespear, Rothko, Keats and Wing Chun have in common?

The Human Condition.

The most amazing, and perhaps perplexingly disturbing thing about the Human Condition is that we are all born with it.

There is nothing to learn.

Just acceptance and understanding.

If we wish to understand Wing Chun, we must first understand what it is to be human.

We should work on this.

YUL BRYNNER AND HIS MATES.

As always…

WORK ON YOUR WEAKNESS – PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTH.

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9 MONTHS ON, STILL THE SAME?

This new normal

Hi Guy’s.

If you are a visitor to this site, and I do get many, this post is for mostly for my students, you are more than welcome to enjoy it but it may have little of interest in it, plus the video is a tad long at 15 minutes.

This new normal, this post covid experience is a test for all of us, those that have not completely given training away, and here in my school that is almost 50% of pre-Covid numbers, have reduced their attendance to just one session a week, and of course modern life being what it is, this often means that this becomes zero sessions a week.

Solo training is more important than ever.

Over the next few weeks i will re-visit all of the information on Solo Training and bring it up to date, in the meantime…

As always…

TRAIN YOUR WEAKNESS’ – WORK YOUR STRENGTH.

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OPTIMAL OR SUBOPTIMAL


“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”
– Japanese Proverb

HI GUYS,

Just a simple method to help you get the most out of your solo training.

Covid has brought about a lot of changes but the one that i think has the potential to derail us the most is that most people have moved to only having one session a week of supervised training.

Obviously this places greater emphasis on what we do on our own.

If there is a secret to moving forwards it is working on expanding our understanding of the knowledge we have and not the pursuit of new knowledge.

Working alone is not always a negative, but to prevent it from slipping off into the weeds concentrate on what is available to you in the here and now, the difficulty is attaching context to things that are really only going on in our imagination so as always ask…

“Why would I be doing this, what would need to be happening”?

Create an imaginary scenario th measure your IDEA against.


“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”
– Japanese Proverb

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EASE OR CONTROL?.

Deep down we are always that kid on his/her first day.

CONTROL.

Perhaps it is because I am a child of the ’50s, a Baby Boomer born with the responsibility of fixing the world after W.W.2 a whole generation taking the Great Leap Forwards we were encouraged to make lists, check progress, realign goals if needed but to always ask the question.

Why are we doing this?

What do we expect to get for our effort?

Is it paying off??

To be expected this applies to my Martial Art life just as much.

As a 67year old man with a degenerative spine disorder, one would imagine that this line of thinking would be very different than the one I had as a 7-year-old boy on my first day at the Blue Triangle Gym.

But given some thought, it becomes clear that it is not, the only thing that has changed is the body doing the work.

Deep down we are always that kid on his/her first day.

If it were any other way we would not still be here.

Still training.

Still working.

For the last few decades, I saw my expectations as more about maintaining rather than expanding my skill.

But the reasons remained the same.

Here is the kicker.

I can look back and honestly say that what I had been taught by the age of eight was all I ever needed.

It took a while for the penny to drop.

What I had thought of as 60 years of continuous training was more accurately 59 years of maintenance.

What was it I learned that I have been steadfastly keeping in place ever since?

It can be summed up by what our Boxing Coach would tell us every day.

Boxers don’t fight, Boxers Box, it is all about control.

EASE.

In one way or another this simple fact was up-front and in my face all of my life, I just did not see it.

From pre-teens to my mid-forties I was actively involved in semi-serious amateur sports.

Ice Hockey, Judo, Soccer and Tennis, just grade level, but serious enough that we all trained together weekly and attended coaching clinics.

Frequently there was that one guy that did not appear to put in as much at training as everyone else, had a relatively basic skill set and narrow repertoire of moves, but on ‘match day’ was usually the best by a country mile.

In one and one sports like Judo or Tennis, he was predictable due to his shallow skill set but all the same, his wins far outweighed his losses.

Everyone knew what he was going to do, would see it coming and still not be able to stop it happening.

These guys get called naturals.

But what are they natural at?

Training with them week in and week out we know beyond doubt that they are no faster than we are, no fitter than we are and yet they always seem to get to the ball first and have plenty of time to do whatever they wish to do.

If it is not superior skill what is it?

It is the way they move.

They move efficiently, effectively but beyond anything else easily.

Frequently we will engage in other pursuits with these guys and find that their ease of movement is not sports specific.

It is just ‘easy’ movement that effortlessly transfers from one discipline to another.

Are they naturals or can any of us learn to move easy?

If not, why not.

I believe that we all have the potential to be Naturals, the question now is How do we transition from, move from, potential to reality?

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TRUE HISTORY OF WING CHUN.

FOSHAN JINGWU ASSOCIATION.

The author is a Social Scientist that has a deep professional interest in S.E. Asian Martial Culture

To anyone with an interest in Wing Chun and an interest in the reality of Southern Chinese Martial Arts, this is one blog that is a must to visit.

https://chinesemartialstudies.com/

On the home page, linked above, there is presently an article on Chan Wah Shun and the creation of Wing Chun Kung Fu that is well worth the 8 minutes or so it takes to read.

Here is a direct link to that particular post in case the homepage has been changed by the time you visit.

https://chinesemartialstudies.com/

My advice is that it is worth reading all of the posts on this blog referring to Wing Chun.

The author is Ben Judkins Ph. D. a Social Scientist that has a deep professional interest in S.E. Asian Martial Culture with a personal investment in Wing Chun, he is one of us, his stuff is well researched and unbiased unlike people like myself that in reality just offer opinions.

Here is a link to Bens C.V… https://chinesemartialstudies.com/cv/

As always…

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STAYING HUMAN.

WORK ON YOUR WEAKNESS – PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTH.

These two videos are from over 24 months ago but they are in line with what we are working on at this present time, they need updating and I will, as promised, get this done but until then check them out as it is what we are currently working on.

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IMPROVE BEING HUMAN FIRST.

In Wing Chun, in particular, there is a perception that using “Softness” translates to there being no need to be fit, fast or strong.

As you all know in the 60 years that I have been a practising Martial Artist I have explored many variations.

Different styles and different approaches within styles.

Some, such as Bagua Zhang, Xing Yi Chuan, Kali {Doce Peres} and R.M.C.C.Q.C. for less than two years so I do not consider myself proficient at these but their influence was valuable.

Others like Western Boxing, Judo, BuJutsu and Wing Chun I trained in for quite extended periods, as such I consider myself knowledgable and capable in this space.

In the competitive arts, Boxing, Judo, there is an equal weight given to non-specific physical conditioning training as there is to skills specific training.

In my experience, this is missing in the “Real World, Real Self-Defence Style” training that Kung Fu inhabits.

In Wing Chun, in particular, there is a perception that using “Softness” translates to there being no need to be fit, fast or strong.

We should think about this and determine our own position.

I can, if needs be, hit someone softly with an Iron Bar, but I doubt that I could knock them out with a Foam Pool Noodle.

When I did these videos this morning my intention was to cut and paste them into one video, however when I did this the result was uneven and the ambience was a bit off so all three of these videos are essentially the same but with some differences that may just make one of them easier to understand.

At the end of the day it is only your understanding that will take you forwards.

This is the same info delivered a little differently.

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WHAT IS CHI SAU?

IS THIS BILL SAU OR JIT SAU?

Chi Sau is a game that we play by our own rules to get an outcome that we alone wish for, for reasons only we know.

I can only give my opinion here, and if we are honest that is all anyone has ever done from Leung Jan through Ip Man, C.S.T. or my own teacher Jim Fung.

I will not try to pretend that I know things that other people do not know, even though I do, as we all do.

Chi Sau is a game that we play by our own rules to get an outcome that we alone wish for, for reasons only we know.

In this way it is both remarkable and hopeless.

I think it is remarkable.

Many years ago when I was getting Tennis Instruction from an Australian National Coach, I was informed that we can only ever learn what we already know.

That explains why i never made it to State Grade, but what does it tell you about your Chi Sau?

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LAYERS UPON LAYERS.

 

 

There is more to a Bus Journey than a Driver and a Bus, there needs to be interaction, our Ego makes us think that we bring about that interaction, we think the act of driving is us creating the interaction, but Driving is an inherent part of being a Driver, just as much as breathing or eating. 

Interaction is not done, it just happens.

The magic in all of this is that the Bus does not know the Driver exists, and the Driver does not realise that he is part of the Bus.

When we think of Layers we tend to envision them as physical things like layers of an Onion, without realising it we think we have some control over them, that we can separate them manually, move from one to another simply by choosing to, this is rarely the case, we would do better to see Layers as something like a state change or dimension shift, something that happens around us, something we have little control over like the dawning of a new day, one moment it is pitch black, then a sliver of light breaks in and then just like magic it is all daylight.

When we first do the Form we place our awareness into a single Arm and we keep it there as we make the different movements, for a long time that’s all there is, an Arm moving somewhere, we become amazed, and slightly obsessed. 

As we become familiar and comfortable with this way of being we start to sense that there is something else here, without noticing the transition our awareness is now consumed by the rotation of the Shoulder, the hinging of the Elbow, the flexing of the Wrist and the extension of the Fingers, in everything we do this is the new reality of moving, and again we become amazed, and slightly obsessed.

With repetition comes familiarity, increased knowledge begins another transition, now our awareness is consumed by the Bridge alone {the lower Arm from the Elbow to the Finger tips}, externally the moves are the same, everything that was happening before is still happening, including the amazement and obsession.

Time, repetition, familiarity, transition, the pattern repeats but now there is just one tiny spot on the Bridge, it could be anywhere, a Finger Tip, an Elbow, a Wrist, as if someone had just marked us with a Felt Tipped Board Marker, a little Green Dot.

Every move every action is just this little Green Dot going about its business, following our intention. Time, repetition, familiarity, transition, we realise that our whole Body is made up of millions of little Green Dots, connected, unified, when one Green Dot moves they all move, so we only ever need to move one Green Dot.

Any one we choose, it could be on our wrist if we are thinking Sil Lim Tao, on our Waist if we are thinking Chum Kiu, on a Shoulder if we are thinking Biu Gee, it is just a thought, just an IDEA.

When any single part of us moves all of us moves.

There is a perception that deeper levels or layers bring greater more complex IDEAS, this is as far from the truth as we can get, just like an Onion every layer underneath is smaller, simpler and closer to the core.

The easiest place to experience these transitions, these layers, these dimension shifts or state changes is of the course the First Form, not because it is any way superior to the other Forms but because there is a lot less going on, this is why so many people spend so much time on this Form, but there is a danger here, if we cannot, or do not make the connections between all the Forms, if we cannot or do not create one unified method, one unified IDEA we may end up with a deep understanding of the First Form but a shallow understanding of Chum Kiu and Bill Gee.

When we consider that in application we only ever use aspects of Chum Kiu and Bil Gee this could be a problem.

There is no special trick or skill to unifying the Forms, we just spend an equal amount of time on each one, if we can find one move, one feeling, that is exactly the same in all the Forms and work outwards from that point, interaction will just happen.

The Driver boards the Bus and takes his seat, the Bus kicks into life and the Journey begins.

The journey from not knowing to knowing is very much like traveling along a dark road, when knowledge arrives it does not come as a bolt of lightning that brings instant illumination and clarity, it is much more like falling into an information filled hole in the road that was always there, we just could not see it in the dark.

 

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