How does one become a good Wing Chun Artist?
This cannot be achieved unless we are at a total concentration and self-awareness state, without it our energy is all over the place and cannot be focussed to strike or block he do ,hey do ie: When energy arises implies that strength arises). Understanding balance (strong and firm stance): A very important principle, if not one of the most important, since turning and moving forward is needed a good balance has to be achieved. So grounding yourself at all time during the confrontation is a necessity.
In Chi Sao producing round energy: makes it difficult for the opponent to get through also it produces powerful burst of energy. While training you should always take your opponent seriously and perform at your best every time, also in martial arts, there is no compromise and one’s ability has to be at its most, to the best of its condition.
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I trained in Chinese philosophy, how has this enhanced your martial art training & later on your teaching?
Chinese Medicine philosophy:-
One of the strongest point of Chinese medicine, and one which make it truly universal, is its simplicity. For example, the cause of disease (climate, emotions, diet, and so on) are so basic that they can apply to any society and any time. Anger, sadness, grief, worry are such basic human feelings that they are certainly cross-cultural. Together with the theory Yin-Yang, the theory of the 5 Elements constitutes the basis of Chinese medicine theory. It is the basic method for “nourishing life and longevity” and “staying away from illness and prolonging life”.
Because the knowledge of traditional Chinese Medicine which I have been perceived
I can able to teach the concept of physical health, emotional health, mental health, and spiritual health. I am able to guide them into the Path, but the journey they have to experience and cultivate by themselves. So that we can both understand deeper level of: communication, acceptance, respect and empathy.
Qigong, Spiritual, Martial arts philosophy
I trained in Chinese philosophy, how has this enhanced your martial art training & later on your teaching?
Chi means no fire. What is meant by fire? Sexual desire, lust-filled hate, delusion thoughts, attractions restless are connoted by fire. In the absence of this rapidly burning and all consuming fire one would be filled with vitality. In Qigong, fire that is moving restlessly is called “secondary fire”, whereas fire in the correct position and proper condition is known as ruling fire when one has ruling fire and is full of potential energy, the latent Chi can then be induced.
Living in our bustling, intense, turbulent, and chaotic contemporary society, we need to find something that can set our impetuous minds at ease to be able to free us from anxiety and misgivings, as well as exert a calming effect wisdom, humour and affection. It can prevent the formation of wishful and vexing thoughts one will not be bothered by unkind words, awkward behaviour or painful memories of the past.
Martial arts philosophy:-
Throughout history the Asian martial arts have been deeply involved in the religions and philosophical system of the East. Both the theory and the techniques of many fighting systems have been developed in harmony with the moral philosophies of their masters.
On the physical level, Wing Chun contains through and carefully planned system for exercising the body and thus maintaining health and vitality. The movements are simple and easy to learn but require performed rapidly and with force, and often in opposition to a fellow trainee. Because of this, students become disciplined and aware of the need not to be hurt or to hurt others. The aggressive urges that have brought the student to the training all are some controlled and guided into constructive activity by mater. Under his guidance, the student’s confidence grows and fear of others recedes. At the same time an awareness of physical being, of the body’’ shape, size and potential ability is born.
As years pass, this physical awareness is heightened and refined. A mechanical understanding of the principles of human movement and activity is instilled. By learning how to apply leverage, as well as how to strike, defend or counter-attack, the student becomes absorbed in anatomy, in the structure and functions of the bones, tendons and muscles. Accidents often happen in training hall, and when they do, master must know how to heal the damage caused. This knowledge is in turn absorbed by the students, he or she is revealing to them a highly sophisticated understanding of the circulation of the blood, the nervous system and the special life-force system encoded in the core of vital points. For those people who have followed the path of the martial arts are also versed in the ways of medicine and healing. Chinese masters were practising doctors as well as martial artist. Throughout history martial masters have shown themselves to be thinkers and believers, committed moral beings as well as fighters and healers. And the techniques of Wing Chun fighting systems have been developed in harmony with moral philosophies of the master. The great richness fighting systems. It is impossible to deny the immense contribution they have made to the civilisation of the East. It is why lamentable the most of the West know and understand so little about them.
What are the main principles and aims of training in Wing Chun and what is the ultimate goal in Wing Chun?
I think Wing Chun is useful to popularise among young people. However, Wing Chun is deep, the purpose is not to beat someone or to win an argument. My purpose is to correctly learn and transmit to future generations the correct techniques and the system that have been passed down through history. And, of course, to train myself both mentally and physically. The idea is not to get into a situation where you have to use Wing Chun. I try to avoid such situations by any means. However, if I am attacked, I have no choice but to defend myself. The system of Wing Chun is defence and that is why in Wing Chun Forms begins with a defensive move. The philosophy of Wing Chun system in history never make the first move, or that in Wing Chun there is no first attack.
Wing Chun is my subject of study. I challenge Wing Chun by practising everyday. I attempt to grasp something from it through both the mind and the body. With the partners, it is easy to move because I adapt so the movements of my opponent. In Wing Chun system is only space. You and space there is no opponent, nothing to confront. I imagine and aim for my opponent when I practice. I set a goal of repetitions. Sometime half way I tire and begin to lost concentration then I force myself to do some more. It is through this accumulated boiling effort that I learn and train myself. If I want to overcome others, I must first overcome myself, and their means overcoming my own weaknesses, my own physical, spiritual and mental weaknesses.
What makes a good instructor and a good student?
Instructors can not teach martial arts in order to intimate others. Thus, one becomes more humble. Teachers who teach martial arts must be sure that their opponents are always of the same calibre as themselves so they must be careful not to fight all the time.
Teachers should be called teachers or sifu in Chinese, should not been named coaches. There is no longer respect on the pupil’s side towards the teacher because students think that since fee have been paid, teachers are obliged to provide that much money’s worth of teaching. This attitude makes it impossible for the teacher to teach the pupil’s the essence of the art. Wing Chun system is very difficult to master and no one can teach others if he or she is not an expert.
Instructor should be dedicated, they should inspire, encourage, and motivate student to practice sessions solidly. Students should practised with great discipline in a structured system, so standards are consistent and they should conduct themselves in an orderly manner, and act in a respectful manner.
How is “energy or “chi” used in Wing Chun?
First of all, without Chi, man can not survive. But Chi is best derived from a sound body, and it must emanate from Tan Tien. In Kung Fu, it is necessary to build up the internal power of Chi, the basis of energy. However, Chi is not exactly the same thing as breath. For example, Chi also helps promote blood circulation. When blood is circulating fully and strongly, muscles may be utilised to their maximum degree of strength. Anger scatters Chi and causes disorder in the body’s system, reducing available physical energy. Anger does not win fights, it helps the opponent. The purpose of Chi is to preserve energy, not to sustain heavy blows on the body. Correct movement of Chi follows the natural patterns of energy flow and blood circulation throughout the body.
In fighting, it is first necessary to feel out the opponent’s movements, which can be done only through soft, slow movements. In Wing Chun all our movements are determined as reflexive response to our opponent’s movements. Thus sensitivity (Chi Sau) is extremely important, the sensitivity can be cultivated only through soft, slow motions. (Like the First Form).
What is the most difficult thing your students find to learn or cultivate while learning Wing Chun?
Some learn Wing Chun because they felt themselves to be frail, unhealthy or physically weak. Others practice because they enjoy the exercise, challenge and excitement of training. Some start training because they are aggressive. (aggression is based on fear, they are frightened inside). Being aggression in manner and speech toward people without the fighting ability. But they do not have spirit of determination. They have no intentions of learning and their attitudes are causal in any way. Therefore it is extremely difficult for them to achieve body, mind, and intention as one. They must learn not to think about what their opponent is doing and relax, but remain alert and aware. Techniques come automatically which they have been practice the movements so many times, like breathing. They should become an instant reflex in a situation.
They found very hard to understand fundamental essence in Wing Chun. In Wing Chun every simple technique and movement has its correct position, strength and purpose. Otherwise it is nothing more than just movement and technique, there will be no purpose and no result and effect.
Has Wing Chun got a strong moral culture as it’s foundation & how you think Wing Chun can benefit society as a whole?
Before anyone takes up martial arts as a sport, art or even as a way of exercise, there is always a reason for doing so and also expected benefits to be gains. Martial arts in the form Wing Chun as taught by master Simon Lau has a lot of benefit to offer society.
These benefits can be categorised as following:-
Moral, Social, Cultural, Spiritual. Within the society at present there is a general of lack self discipline and affection. No one can deny the current trend of events particularly among unruly teenagers. There is the attitude of not accepting responsibility for ones actions, oneself or others. Personal problems and situation are generally blames on others. This leads to isolation, loneliness and indifference.
It is at this point that anger and hate are built up and the individual becomes closed in, morally bankrupt, socially disabled, culturally ignorant and spiritually unaware. Most if not all the problems can be traced back to the mental attitude, which effectively determines how situations are handled.
Master Simon Lau’s Wing Chun teaching is effective in helping to create a more positive mental attitude which will has the effect of aiding in character development. The benefit as laid out below allow the student to experience a journey of self-discovery and awareness where true potentials are discovered in order area of their lives.
Training external discipline shows improved benefit in the following areas:-
Ability to focus, improved confidence level, ability to co-operate.
Internal discipline show improves benefit in the following areas:-
Self awareness, Harmonious, Peace of mind, Fulfilment, Self control, Self value, Self worth.
Having studied Chinese philosophy and having mastered Wing Chun, what spiritual elements have you brought to your teaching?
Ethics is general is concerned with question of what is right and good, that is virtuous but virtue depends on one’s philosophical perspective. What would be considered virtuous in one system might not be in another.
Individual of the society base on individual’s desire. Ethics involves figuring out what you desire then acting to get it. They never ask whether what a person wants is bad or good in some abstract sense. It only considered how best to get what a person desires. The question is not whether I want a new Rolls Royce, but whether I can get a car, still take a holiday, and pay my therapist. This picture does no more than calculate, in fact, if I could get everything I wanted I would not even have to calculate. I calculate, then, how I can get most of what I want or perhaps what I want most. Spiritual evolution assumes there is a basis for judging whether human desires are good or bad, virtuous or vicious.
Learning is an active process. We learn by doing then you are convicted to be someone and something that you are afraid of, but you have to keep doing and expressing something which makes you afraid of to improve your self confidence, self awareness, self esteem, and self improvement.