Wing Chun thoughts – some guidelines
Time works against you in a fight, so be quick to end it!
Don’t wait and don’t stay too long on defense.
No attack is guaranteed and no defense is guaranteed,
so always be ready to change.
Clenching the fists and tensing the muscles
will make you slow and easy to be blocked or countered.
Be soft and relaxed, ready to react and use the structure
to generate power, not just the upper body muscles.
An enraged attacker will not be stopped by pain,
so don’t rely on that to end a fight.
You have to take away his capacity or will to continue.
Wing Chun is a striking style and is meant to inflict injury,
so if you don’t knock out your opponent,
he will think that your style is no good and has no power.
Optimal power and maximum effect is obtained
when hand and foot are landing together,
so work hard on coordinating them.
The purpose of the drills is to allow both partners
to learn at the same time, and NOT to defeat a resisiting opponent.
Don’t waste energy by hitting hard when you don’t have
a clear path. Just throw a light hit to make contact,
then use that contact for trapping and hitting.
Also, don’t hit if it leaves you in bad position,
from which you can’t follow-up or defend counter-attacks.
New movements and techniques are absorbed and committed
to muscle memory at a fixed rate, so don’t try to rush
and speed up your learning process, if you’re not ready yet,
nothing will happen!
Practise and understanding go hand in hand.
Allow your opponent just one attack; counter it
and take control over the line of attack. Hit to win the fight.
Don’t use physical strength just because you have it,
this will slow and limit the development of control.
The proper use and release of force is important,
clench the fist only at impact and relax quickly after.
An instructor who is hitting hard to scare and intimidate
the students is very far from being a master.
The diligent practise of forms will improve your balance,
structure, coordination and technique.
Pay much attention to the first form,
because when Siu Nim Tao one is right, the rest will flow smoothly.