Logic and science is perhaps the most important thing when it comes to the practicality of Wing Chun. Without objectivity, reasoning, and testing, your Wing Chun will cease to improve and you will be stuck with whatever you have.
Is it really that important to treat Wing Chun like a science? No, you don’t have to wear a lab coat or write every single detail down when you practice. But, you do need to think about your techniques and concepts that you learned (whether it is from this blog, youtube, or from your instructor) and thoroughly test it.
Here are some ways to help you with that:
1. Do Your Research
Find a good instructor. It is best to have a reliable instructor with a credible lineage who are able to answer your questions about concepts and techniques. Since Wing Chun is a collection of concepts and techniques that have been already tested throughout history, learning the most authentic Wing Chun you can get is the best way to go.
A good way to know an authentic instructor from a fake one is that the techniques and concepts are backed by reason. Not only reason, however, they should be able to demonstrate that the techniques do indeed work.
Having a good instructor helps because they give good insights to challenges that you may face during your Wing Chun learning journey.
2. Be Objective
Do the things that you are doing really work? Take a second look and analyze if you are having any trouble dealing with attacks or getting your attacks through. If you are, then you must root out the problem and deal with it as soon as possible.
Be objective when you are trying concepts and techniques that you have picked up. Always try to see if the technique and concepts that you learned are backed by reason.
3. Thoroughly Test Your Techniques
First, you must be able to perform your techniques correctly according to your instructor’s specification. Second, you must make sure that the techniques work when the situation calls for it. Your techniques should work not only at slower paced practice speed but also at a realistic speed in sparring and practice.
If your techniques are consistently failing the tests, then there are two reasons: you are doing the technique wrong, the technique itself that is being taught is wrong.
4. Come Up With a Conclusion But Remain Flexible
After you have done the testing, you can now conclude the best way to deal with a given situation. Then, you must regularly practice and refine that technique and concept to master it.
In the process, however, you must remain flexible. If your techniques start to fail again, you should try to see if you were doing the techniques wrong. If you’re doing it wrong, correct it. On the other hand, there is still a possibility that the technique you learned is not the best way to do it.
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