It’s Time To Help More Beginners…
This blog I believe is a very important blog, and properly understood, will help many practitioners, no matter what your experience.
I say practitioners because this is aimed at students and instructors alike.
One of the most common little annoyances for me, is when a student, usually intermediates or seniors, think that within a sizeable class there are only a few people they can play Chi sau with, only a few that they believe are good enough to train with or learn from.
WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH.
Everybody has something that they need to work on but are hindered from doing so by their ego.
It may be trying to relax more, to roll closer and stop backing off, OR, the most common issue, training your bad side.
Today I was asked to view a few Chi Sau techniques on Youtube, where the instructor was showing something with his right hand (His Tan and Bong), ok, no problem there, but then he wanted to show a move from his left hand (His Fook Sau), BUT, instead of simply changing hand positions, the guy swapped places with his partner!
Are you so bad that you can only play on the one side?
Even when making a teaching video?
This shocks me when a person who is teaching, only has the use of one side!
To me one of the very best points of Wing Chun is the fact of it being ambidextrous.
On 21st April I made a video blog:
Helping people to find the very things they need to work on, just in case you do not yet know.
NOW we can get to the crunch.
WHEN you find what you need to work on (and you will), do not go to the highest skilled people in the school as you will immediately try to defend and attack at the highest level, straight away going back to your favourite moves or techniques, and therefore once again not addressing the very things you need to work on.
It’s simple, if you want to improve (and we all do), try to work on the things you cannot do, not the things you’ve already nailed.
This is where the beginners come in…
Find the new guys, the ones with little experience, and offer to help them.
Here you can roll left Tan/Bong and right Fook Sau with no fear of being attacked.
Here you can work your left side (if that is what you need), again with no fear of being attacked.
This is great and can only be a Win Win, YOU get to train what you NEED to, with no danger of damaging your ego, AND, the BEGINNER get’s to roll with someone with experience.
So, next time you’re in class and you see a new student or student with little experience, go help them, this way you will both learn.