There is a constant and vigorous conundrum alive within Wing Chun that arrises from the very fact that W.C. is a conceptual Martial Art, this conundrum is born from the very reasons we approach the concepts in the first place, our personal need, what we are looking for and what we hope to discover.
A concept is the seed for an IDEA, an IDEA is the blueprint for action, but what action do we approach the concept to find a blueprint for?
Do we know?
Any creative thinker worth their salt will tell you that good concepts are intended to create many varied IDEAS in many different directions, like a round room with many windows offers many different views.
From my perspective Wing Chun is always about Fist Logic, so any of the Wing Chun concepts I ponder will always create IDEAS associated with Fist Logic, other Teachers have a more spiritual IDEA, or a more wholistic IDEA and this will create blueprints for Mind Logic or Body Logic.
To place this conundrum of the Logics in a way that is easier to appreciate think of the concept of Freedom.
It is a very different IDEA for political activists like WikiLeaks, a teenage girl in a religious household, a wrongly incarcerated prisoner.
But it is the same concept.
Wing Chun can never really be taught unless your teacher can show you a way to view the World and everything in it.
The only person that can do that is ourselves.
The only person worth listening to is ourselves.
My Sifu Jim Fung advised me to never take the pilgrimage to Hong Kong, he thought it was a complete waste of time, he told me “unless you are willing to go live in Hong Kong and learn what it means to be a Hong Kong resident with all its implications you will never understand your teacher and as a result you will never understand his IDEA of Wing Chun”.
The Concept Conundrum means that we must know the answer before we look for the question.