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W.C.W. The Close Talker. Zoning Out.

I love this Seinfeld episode, but what is it doing on a Wing Chun Blog ?

We all have our own innate idea of “Personal Space” that we have been developing all of our Lives, it is at a level that we are often completely unaware of, but we all know it exists, especially in other People, it is not a constant, it changes dependent on where you are and who you are with.

In this Seinfeld video you can see Gerry’s Mother and Father trying  not to move away from Aaron out of politeness but their nervous system overrides them to a very large extent and they end up leaning backwards to try to regain their “Personal Space”.

Elaine is in a relationship with Aaron so she has no problem with the closeness of his talking, and it looks quite normal but when Jerry maintains the same distance it takes on a comic aspect due to the recognised strangeness of the almost Nose to Nose conversation.

We all see this as quite normal Human Behaviour, but should we make allowances for this in our training?

 

Comfort Zones and Training.

As so humorously pointed out we all have inbuilt “Exclusion Zones” that operate without our being aware of them, instincts that some Behavioural Scientists think have been passed on over generations and not just put in place in our own Lifetime, if this is the case then no amount of training will replace them.

My own introduction to the “Fighting Sciences” was through Western Boxing, and our Club’s coach used to train us to favour our natural Instinctive way of fighting,  press forward slipping and dodging, stand and deliver or stay out of range and counter, so my own opinion is a bit biased towards this type of thinking to be expected.

In the following Video I have used Chi Sau simply as a place to examine my idea, it does of course apply to everything we do

I teach my Students to work out where they feel most comfortable and to work from there, it makes a lot more sense to me that trying to get someone to put their head somewhere they do not want it to be, in Wing Chun we prepare for Street Situations that we may not even see coming, the chances are very high that our Body will react before our Brain has a chance to employ our training, it would help if we had some idea where this position our Body is likely to move us to was likely to be.

As I mention in the Video, Wing Chun training pretty soon becomes a Social Occasion and as such our natural “Exclusion Zones” get turned off and everything happens in our Social Zone, almost a Happy Place, if you ever need your training you will be somewhere else completely.

And not very happy.

It has been my personal experience that most of the time you get attacked it is by the “Up in your Face” type, this make standing your ground and going “Hey Diddle Diddle” somewhat precarious unless you have exceptional skill and prior warning.

As I said earlier my own opinion is heavily influenced by my involvement in Western Boxing, if your experience is different please share it.

MORE ON ZONES, THIS TIME THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

I found this Video on YouTube, and it it is quite useful to observe what happens when someone has been training to use his Wing Chun in a place that his Nervous System does not want his Body to be in when things get a bit Real, as I mentioned earlier.

This is in no way any kind of negative attack on these Guys,  Wing Chun is very difficult to use with gloves on apart from anything else, I have no intention of commenting on either persons ability, just on how the Guy in White is actually involved in 2 fights, one against Green Shirt and the other against his own Nervous System that does not want him to be presenting himself the way he is.

The Guy in Green is very much in his “Comfort Zone” and is obviously fighting from the position that he has done his training in, but his opponent White Shirt never once looks like he wants to be in the “physical place” where he is trying to do his work from.

And because of this his  Nervous System is calling the shots, as a result his Brain does not get the chance to use the most basic of Wing Chun practices, to redirect {or at the very least adjust your own position to get off line}, he ends up just back pedalling on the same vector as the attacks, I very much doubt that this was his Pre-Fight intention.

White Shirt is trying to use things like Chit Sau and Punch that require you to move forward  {like Green Shirt does} or at least stay put and accept what comes in, but they are not effective for him because he is backing off, not once did he attempt to latch as he stepped backwards, something I am sure that he would  do if he was aware that he was going to step back because that was an aspect of his “Fighting Personality”.

Something that sticks out to me is that even before the fight begins White Shirt does not know where to place himself to accept the attack, he did not appear to know where his own Comfort Zone was while Green Shirt was clearly in his Comfort Zone and confident and raring to get in.

 From the restricted view of a YouTube video it looks pretty obvious that White Shirts Style did not match the way his Body was reacting, he was never once in a position to use his training, and without meaning any disrespect to Green Shirt this was not because he was out manoeuvred, half the time Green Shirt had to try to find White Shirt because despite his best efforts his Nervous System wanted him out of there.

But out of respect they both deserve credit for getting in and “Touching Gloves”. If the 2 guys involved here are upset in anyway by my use of this Video I apologise unreservedly, this is not meant in any way to be a negative attack or criticism, I found this on YouTube, that pretty much makes it “Public Domain” and I think it just happens to be a good example of what I was talking about in earlier in the Article.

As always, Your Milage May Vary.

“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonFear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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WING CHUN WEDNESDAY; 04-09-2013

MORE ON ZONES, THIS TIME THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

I found this Video on YouTube, and it it is quite useful to observe what happens when someone has been training to use his Wing Chun in a place that his Nervous System does not want his Body to be in when things get a bit Real, as I mentioned in the previous post.

This is in no way any kind of negative attack on these Guys,  Wing Chun is very difficult to use with gloves on apart from anything else, I have no intention of commenting on either persons ability, just on how the Guy in White is in 2 fights, one against Green Shirt and the other against his own Nervous System that does not want him to be presenting himself the way he is.

The Guy in Green is very much in his “Comfort Zone” and is obviously fighting from the position that he has done his training in, but his opponent White Shirt never once looks like he wants to be in the “physical place” where he is trying to do his work from.

And because of this his  Nervous System is calling the shots, as a result his Brain does not get the chance to use the most basic of Wing Chun practices, to redirect {or at the very least adjust your own position to get off line}, he ends up just back pedalling on the same vector as the attacks, I very much doubt that this was his Pre-Fight intention.

White Shirt is trying to use things like Chit Sau and Punch that require you to move forward  {like Green Shirt does} or at least stay put and accept what comes in, but they are not effective for him because he is backing off, not once did he attempt to latch as he stepped backwards, something I am sure that he would  do if he was aware that he was going to step back because that was an aspect of his “Fighting Personality”.

Something that sticks out to me is that even before the fight begins White Shirt does not know where to place himself to accept the attack, he did not appear to know where his own Comfort Zone was while Green Shirt was clearly in his Comfort Zone and confident and raring to get in.

 From the restricted view of a YouTube video it looks pretty obvious that White Shirts Style did not match the way his Body was reacting, he was never once in a position to use his training, and without meaning any disrespect to Green Shirt this was not because he was out manoeuvred, half the time Green Shirt had to try to find White Shirt because despite his best efforts his Nervous System wanted him out of there.

But out of respect they both deserve credit for getting in and “Touching Gloves”. If the 2 guys involved here are upset in anyway by my use of this Video I apologise unreservedly, this is not meant in any way to be a negative attack or criticism, I found this on YouTube, that pretty much makes it “Public Domain” and I think it just happens to be a good example of what I was talking about in the last Wing Chun Wednesday, “Zones”.

As always, Your Milage May Vary.

“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”

― Hunter S. ThompsonFear and Loathing in Las Vegas