Reading This Article Could Save Lives
Picture the scene. You are in a crowded street, when, without warning, the man walking in front of you falls to the ground. What is your instinct? Panic and hurry away? Call 999 Or get down beside him, assess his state and give him life saving first aid?
Incident happen like this every day and having the knowledge and skills to provide the help that is needed can make all the difference between life and death. And yet, according to experts at St John Ambulance, up to 140,000 people die each year in situations where first aid could have helped save their lives – that is as many as die from cancer.
So, would you know what to do?
1 during dinner your husband/wife looks ashen and complains of severe chest pain, dizziness and breathlessness.
a. Reach for indigestion tablets; wait half an hour to see if things improve?
b. ie them down and go hunting for some aspirin?
c. Sit them with their knees raised and call 999?
What you should do
The answer is c.
These are probably signs of a heart attack. The person may also feel or be sick, be dizzy and sweaty with a weak, rapid pulse with pain radiating into their jaw or arm, if they have heart medication, or if you have a 300mg aspirin to hand, give it to them (check for allergy first) but don’t leave them alone. Anyone who has had a heart attack needs constant monitoring. Monitor and record their breathing and pulse rate while waiting for help.
Whereas some martial arts are suitable for a point scoring style of championship fighting, Wing Chun is a total, ongoing and continuous process.
The system of ‘sticking hands’ has been developed to practise the continuous movements of Wing Chun. This unique type of training also emphasises the need to develop and improve one’s reaction and timing to the opponents attempted attack; with the aim of intercepting the opponents movement before it has fully completed. The aim of sticking hands practice is to dominate and control the opponent. This is achieved by forcing the collapse of the opponent’s defence and destabilising their balance. When this is achieved the opponent is unable to offer any resistance.
Many students ask the question, ‘How long does it take to be good at Wing Chun?’ The reply is always the same; ‘What is your definition of good?’
Wing Chun is an art, for which there is no limit, or maximum. The time of your involvement and your success are dependent on you, as a student, not your on teacher.
Learning and teaching kung fu can amount to carrying out one programme after another. Students are told that this is suitable for self-defence.
Tradition means maintaining and expanding what is valuable. It does not mean passing on the same ineffective method, simply because they have been used in the past. Viewing tradition in this way allows the style to remain distinguished and valuable, as well as enabling it to develop through the years.
In practical terms, the purpose of kung fu is to defeat the opponent as quickly and as effectively as possible. In order to achieve the destructive power needed, training must be aggressive and powerful. For this reason, one has to condition the body and mind to combat the fear of violence.
In performance terms, the purpose of kung fu is to entertain the audience. One has to train to perfect the techniques and movements, so they are beautiful to watch. Performances often include music and dance. Some excellent kung fu artists still use different musical instruments to inspire rhythm in their movements.
It can be said that there are 4 different stages of learning:
1. Firstly, copying without understanding what you’re doing or why. The conscious mind looks and repeats what it sees.
2. Practising the Wing Chun techniques. You are you. The technique is the technique. You and the technique are separate, without connection.
3. You and Wing Chun technique become one. You are now connected. It is you that is practising. Your mind however remains separate and is not fully present with the movement.
4. At the highest level, movement becomes energy. You are no longer practising the techniques, you are practising the movements. You are using energy to practise the movements, but without thinking. Your heart and mind are with the movements; You are no longer practising Wing Chun technique, you are Wing Chun.
The last stage of learning is the highest. Your mind is with nothing but the movements you make. You have reached pure concentration. Each movement is a reaction to that of your opponent.
Your mind is not thinking. It is with the energy of your movements. This energy becomes art. Art is a message of intuition, inspiration, and insight, which comes from the soul.
Like dancers, musicians, painters, writers, and architects, ideas come from intuition and insight, the mind goes beyond thinking.