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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.

WORK ON YOUR WEAKNESS – PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTH.

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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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TWO FOR ONE AND THE ONE ARMED MASTER.

Plans are worthless, but planning is essential.

Two for one you lucky INCas.

First up a brief look at how the First form is important in the set up for striking, even though it is static and not intended to be used.

Secondly for those not back yet our man costas was in a very nasty car crash that wrote off his truck but luckily only damaged his hand.

All in all it is good news for Costas on the injury but bad news on no training for 6 weeks, keep him in your thoughts guys.

If there is anything any of you would like me to cover ping me. It is your Blog.

Forms are more than just a bit weird, they are simultaneously the most useless things we can spend time on but also the most important thing for us to understand.

To put this into a more Martial contex, Dwight D. Eisenhower is quoted as saying…

Plans are worthless, but planning is essential.

This is how to not go crazy when we approach the Forms.

As always…

WORK ON YOUR WEAKNESS’ – PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTH.

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FURTHER DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE.

‘Wing Chun is not based on any particular “Small Idea”, but on the WAY of a small idea’.

I had a very long conversation with my teacher ‘Jim’ Fung Chuen Keung about the heart of Wing Chun, the Sil Lim Dao, long as in short individual discussions over many years and not one marathon conflab.

One thing that came up time and again was his view that the difference between the ‘Chinese Collective Consciousness’ and the ‘European Collective Consciousness’ was so vast that translations became impossible.

When trying to explain/translate nuanced concepts, he would say ‘there are things that we Chinese people know that we are not aware we know’ but we know we cannot explain them in any other way than Chinese.

European and Chinese cultures stem from a different root.

Even though he was not a Daoist, Daoism influenced his and all Chinese peoples thinking and values, just as Judeo – Christian thinking influences European thinking and values, even when like me, one is an atheist.

As is the way with these type of conversations, ideas would lay dormant for months sometimes years and then bubble up unexpectedly to be rehashed, revisited.

In one exchange he said ‘Wing Chun is not based on any particular “Small Idea”, but on the WAY of a small idea’.

To my surprise, this made a lot of sense to me then and still does today.

The continuous practice of Wing Chun is about resolving everything down to its smallest and simplest possible state.

The work now becomes how do we reconcile this concept/idea/practice with 6 Forms and Chi Sau.

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THE FIRST FORM.

Beginners want instant gratification from their training, instant improvement, measurable, observable improvement, that they can see and feel.

As in Instructor, I spend a great deal of time trying to inspire my students to spend time engaged with our Forms.

Usually, it takes about three years before a student engages with the Forms on any level that is likely to enable genuine improvement.

The First Form gives no tactile feedback and in no way relates to dealing with violence.

Hence the hesitation to engage.

I get it, I ‘really’ do.

Beginners want instant gratification from their training, instant improvement, measurable, observable improvement, that they can see and feel.

{ it was this aspect that led to my abandoning Bagua Zhang and Xing Yi back in the ’80s, there was not enough of what I thought was “Real Work” that would improve my fighting ability}.

Actual improvement in how we play a Form is exceedingly difficult to measure and a long time coming.

Here is the rub, our improvement in Wing Chun is nothing other than a reflection of our understanding of the Forms.

It really is a ‘no brainer’ that the sooner we engage with our Forms the better.

The Paradox is that from a practical point of view all Forms are useless, but without Forms, we can never progress, never understand and never become competent.

Let’s have a look at that.

It is not the movements, the shapes or sequences that make the Forms pivotal in our advancement, they are all close to pointless, it is the how and the why we make those moves.

Engaging with the Form is a far cry from simply waving our hands around, it is about thinking, feeling, questioning and exploring.

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IT BEGINS… AGAIN.

Nobody fights standing still.

If we aim at a target and miss it by 1 millimetre we have missed the target completely.
We may try to console ourselves by saying that we only just missed, but had we missed by 20 Metres the result would be the same.

We missed.

Whether we like it or not some things are absolute.

Being correct needs to be 100%, if we think that we are 99% correct we are, in fact, 100% wrong.

It is the same with stillness.

We cannot be 99% still.

Nobody fights standing still.

At some point, all stances are still.

Ergo stances are not for fighting.

Stances are Feedback devices.

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PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTH.

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REBOOTING THE SYSTEM.

 

Although the area I live in was a ‘COVID Hot Spot’ for a while there are no active cases anywhere near the Studio so training is as safe as it ever was

 

This pandemic is 6 months old and no signs of vanishing, how often do we hear “The new normal” is what we are experiencing and we need to get used to it.

Way back at the beginning of the ‘Lockdown’ I had great intentions of posting at least one video a week to help all of us in the club, myself included’, keep our mojo active, I did not quite do that, I tried and came close, but not good enough.

Getting our routine back means different things for different people but at its heart, it is the same thing, the same challenge…

“How do we get today to look a much like way back then as I can”?

We have all invested time, energy and money into our pursuit of Wing Chun excellence, we train to be able to defend ourselves and our loved ones against any or all attackers, only to be beaten by a bug.

Although the area I live in was a ‘COVID Hot Spot’ for a while there are no active cases anywhere near the Studio so training is as safe as it ever was, perhaps safer now that we all take precautions.

In an attempt to help you all {my fellow INCas} resume your own routine I will endeavour to resume mine and post a training help video every week, if there is any particular aspect that you would like covered just ping me, this blog is our Club’s after all, your blog as much as mine.

Stay Healthy, stay frosty.

 

 

TRAIN YOUR WEAKNESS’

PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTH.

 

 

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Mind Force?

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Muscles are binary by default, they are either on [tense] or off [relaxed]

 

I have never been a fan of the IDEA of Mind Force with regards physical movement and specifically Wing Chun and fighting.

Nothing I have ever experienced in 60 years of Martial Arts and a vast assortment of sports training has given any credence to that position.

Check this out.

I was recently watching a presentation from Dr. Kelly Starret when he made the following observation…

‘There is no movement that specifically turns on a muscle, that is not how the brain works, the Brain doesn’t work on musculature it works on movement’…

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meTmeaQxg5o

 

Disagreeing with something I may say is pretty healthy, but disagreeing with what a world respected expert says is bordering on stupid.

This presents a whole different way to think about releasing tension and dare I say it, Relaxing.

Muscles are binary by default, they are either on [tense] or off [relaxed], if our Brain does not turn our muscles on how on Earth can it turn them off?

Mind force begins to sound a little bit like Space Force.

 

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PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTH.

 

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FIST LOGIC, FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

A Big Picture of the Little Idea.

CAN YOU SPOT THE DIFFERENCE?

 

Forms allow us to develop the habit of paying attention to what we are doing so that we gain a deep and wide understanding of that action.

 

Only 25% of my students have returned after the lockdown, I imagine that this is average as the pandemic wreaks havoc with our old systems.

Despite this climate of social distancing, I have 2 new people just embarking on the journey, 2 new people to explain the “Big Picture” of Wing Chun.

A Big Picture of the Little Idea.

WHAT ARE FORMS FOR?

You could ask 10 different teachers and get at least 9 different answers to this question, and that in itself tells us what Forms are for.

Forms are for different things for different people.

Not only that, but our understanding of Forms will change as we progress through our training.

We find that we can use the same Form to explore very different topics using it in very different ways.

Forms are a consistent vehicle we use to measure the level of our understanding against.

Before we go on it is important to understand that there is no such thing as an “Internal” or “External” martial art.

There is only Internal or External training.

Any Martial Art is and can only ever be a Martial Art, a rose by any other name is still a rose.

INTERNAL.

People who engage in “Internal work” use the Forms as a distraction to help them focus more on moving their Chi, circulating their Chi, being in control of their Chi.

This is not my area of training and I have very limited knowledge of it.

Can it be used for fighting?

Anything can be used for fighting, it depends on the person, but the main aim of Internal training is to develop the Body-ability to meditate.

EXTERNAL.

People that engage in “External work” use Forms to develop more effective movement.

There are many different types of effective movement, always doing a Form the same way will only deliver the same outcome.

Smoothness, connectedness, speed, power, mobility or stability all require a different approach to the same Form.

Westerners have difficulty understanding the Eastern IDEA of “Softness”, especially when we talk about powerful or strong softness.

Forms offer a way to explore this.

We should be balanced and ask the same question here…

Can it be used for fighting?

Anything can be used for fighting, it depends on the person, training the physical side will not guarantee fighting prowess.

Another very important aside that we must consider is that there is an element of “External” training that frequently gets confused as “Internal” training.

That is what today is referred to as being in a flow state, focusing on the moment, being in the zone.

Internal work is ultimately aiming at enlightenment through the teaching of the Buddha, through stillness and meditation.

To empty the mind.

Flow state is something that we can suddenly fall into while single-mindedly involved in an activity.

To be so consumed by we are doing it fills the mind.

Being in the zone, ‘flow state’ is spontaneous and not capable of being trained.

However, the better we are at something the higher the chance of falling into ‘flow state’, being in the moment.

Forms allow us to develop the habit of paying attention to what we are doing so that we gain a deep and wide understanding of that action.

Conditioning.

Forms can be callisthenics that exist solely to prepare the body to move in a particular way.

A skilled and intelligent movement practice that allows us to work on the shapes that we are going to need to access in any of the diverse ways that we will call upon our body to use what we refer to as Wing Chun.

From warming up to flat out fighting to save our lives, the actions we may use and depend upon so we would do well to understand these moves.

Forms can also be remedial bodywork.

If we look at the “B” Section of Wing Chun’s First Form we have a set of exercises that are perfect for resolving impingement of the shoulders.

The opening of the Yi Chi Kim Yeung Ma is a suitable movement for resolving impingement of the hips.

The Chum Kiu and Biu Gee Forms develop balance through the stability of stances and mobility {the opposite of stability} through weight shifting and explore the whole gamut of perambulation.

But where are the steak knives?

Oh yes, doing the Forms provides maintenance of the soft tissue system to improve the overall health of essential joints, and eliminates the potential for motor control problems that happen when the wrong part is in the wrong place trying to do the wrong thing.

Self-correction.

Why do we perform them so slowly and so often?

The main reason is not one of memory retention but rather an active survey to see if we have any holes in the movement, just like athletes and weight lifters any ‘holes’ in these movement sets will invariably lead to failure and by extension injury.

If we can look at all of the Forms collectively we see an integrated system where we modulate through all ranges of motion on all 3 planes with full extension and rotation options explored.

Forms can be looked at as very gentle Crossfit.

Getting bag for our buck.

Simplify what we think is important and what we need to do to support those things.

As always, deconstruct – reconstruct.

For example; extending to the Tan Sau position from the first Form while acting out a single rear step from the Chum Kiu, while rotating the torso from Biu Gee.

Reset and reverse, step forward, pose Tan Sau and rotate.

Rinse and repeat.

If you are a senior student you are more than likely thinking.. “but wait, that is just the Bart Cham Dao”, which of course it is.

This approach makes it so that we can understand what it is we are trying to learn/program in a couple of years as opposed to decades.

This is in no way a shortcut, understanding anything fully, our job or our Martial Art takes the best part of a lifetime, but we can understand all the components that make up our job or Martial Art in a surprisingly short time and then dig in at our leisure.

I ask again…

Q. WHAT ARE FORMS FOR?

A. EVERYTHING.

 

TRAIN YOUR WEAKNESS’.

WORK TO YOUR STRENGTH.

 

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