Sharing is Caring
Sharing is caring
‘Sharing is caring‘, what a wonderful expression, and something my children say too.
Usually by the child who has nothing, to the child who has the thing the child who said the quote, wants. 🙂
This too SHOULD be said about Wing Chun, but not by the student wanting the knowledge, but by the teacher wanting to offer it.
If you care about Wing Chun, share it!
Thirty two years ago, when I became his disciple, I made a promise to my Sifu, Grandmaster Ip Chun, to help him spread Wing Chun across the world, his Wing Chun and that of his father, Ip Man.
Several years back, I realised that as much as I wanted to do this, I wasn’t actually spreading his Wing Chun that far, not when I was teaching in my school most of the time, in fact this is why, and how, wingchun.online came about, a vehicle to be used to spread my Master’s teaching to as many people as possible, and most importantly, teaching everything, with nothing held back and nothing hidden.
I often hear from disheartened practitioners who say things like:
“I once asked my teacher what move he just did?”
Only to hear something along the lines of:
“Ah one day”
“That’s for me to know and for you to find out”
What complete B*** S***!
This annoys me so much and is the worst thing for a teacher to do.
By all means encourage the student to discover for themselves what just happened, and, how best to deal with it.
If a student has clearly asked you a question, and cannot work it out for themselves, tell them!
This way everybody wins.
The student gets new information, not only by learning a new move but also learning how to defend it too.
And as for the the teacher, well he is now no longer able to use that technique on that student, and therefore must explore new avenues of attack, helping to expand his own skills.
Skills we hope he will then continue to share with his students.
And the cycle begins again..