The Brain and the Mind are not the same thing and they have completely different functions.
Every skier, every skater, every bike rider and surfer can tell tales of imminent disasters being mysteriously avoided because their body did something they did not expect, something that saved the day, a decision that to a very large extent they were not even involved in.
This is a self protection mechanism that is hard wired into our Brains, once we have created the Intention to not fall over our Brain will do everything it can to follow that intention.
Once we establish any Intention our Brain will always try to comply.
This is the Phsycho – Physical connection I have been talking about, it is a product of our Brain, it cannot be accessed by our Mind, it cannot be developed or improved because improvement and development are a function of Mind, the simple truth is that our Mind does not know Intention exists so it cannot contact it or make changes.
If we wish to succeed at anything firstly we must get a deeper understanding of establishing Intention.
It is really important to understand that Wing Chun does not and cannot teach anyone how to fight, Wing Chun teaches us how to do Wing Chun, it teaches a body set up and a way of moving to enhance our fighting, if you have no previous fighting skill Wing Chun has nothing to enhance.
Luckily we all have some fighting skill even if we doubt it.
Many people equate being able to fight with being able to fight well, they are not the same thing, the very first thing we absolutely must do is make peace with our innate fighting skill, even if it has always failed us.
And we must see that what we do is everywhere.
Whatever action we think we may need if we are using what we learn in Wing Chun for real it can be found either in sport or in a dance move, more than likely even in your occupation, obviously the intention will need to be changed to suit fighting, but that needs to be done with any aspect of our Wing Chun training because Wing Chun training is not done in a realistically violent way so there is no difference on that score.
If Wing Chun does not teach someone how to fight why do so many people do it?
Because it is fun.
The issue here is that violence is not fun, no fun at all, so why would your Brain choose to do a fun thing in a violent situation?
Think about this, if you took up Wing Chun because you did not like the idea of contact sports, about training for contact sports, about being physically hurt how do you expect your one maybe two evenings a week Wing Chun training to save the day if someone that does like contact sports picks on you?
On the positive side if you can change how you think about your past sports they can become and aid to your present Wing Chun.
Wing Chun is really, really good for people that have done other Martial Arts styles or played contact sports, for people that know how to give and take when things go south, but it has very little real value as a fighting art if you believe that you have no previous fighting skill.
I have spoken with many, many Wing Chun students over the years, it is a small minority that openly say that they train Wing Chun for fighting, it is an even smaller group of people that consider their training to be not only for fighting but specifically to win fights.
Why train to loose, which is what someone is doing if they are not training to win.
I think it is incredibly important that we are honest and open with ourselves about why we train, if not why would our brain choose a Wing Chun option if we are in trouble if we do not believe we are training to fight, what confidence in the outcome could we expect if we are not training to win that fight, this is where intention comes from, this is the fundamental difference between Phsycho – Physical training which is the realm of the Brain and Internal training which is the realm of the Mind.
The Brain and the Mind are not the same thing and they have completely different functions, and will bring about completely different results.