The 8 Ball Of Wing Chun (Revisited)
Over the last couple of weeks, in class alone I have chatted with at least five or six people with the conclusion being that I have requested they locate this blog on our site as I believed it would help them a great deal.
For this reason it seemed the best thing for me to simply release this blog again as a refresher and also as another welcome back for those wishing to rekindle their training.
I hope you like it, thank you.
The 8 Ball Of Wing Chun
It’s a very easy thing for a student to miss a class or two, and, provided they get back to class fairly soon, no harm done.
When this continues and the absence grows longer, that person can start to feel as though they have missed too much to return, or even feel embarrassment toward walking back through the door.
This is a dangerous thing as you are VERY likely to be missing out on a wonderful part of your life.
Besides, no teacher of any worth is going make you feel bad for having time off, and you know what, sometimestaking a break (Break, get it?) can even be a good thing.
Let me explain.
If you’ve ever played pool (or any game for that matter), and then not played for a while, have you ever noticed how when you do have another crack at it, you seem to be awesome and not miss a shot!
Maybe you’re in a bar playing ‘Winner stays on’ and yet there you are, game after game, still winning?
The reason for this is that you have nothing to loose, you don’t care, before you even started the game you’d already told them you’d not played for years, so there is no pressure.
Now there’s a word, Pressure, this is what makes us make mistakes.
You can bet your bottom dollar that the moment you start thinking of your shots, planning you strategy and how you’re going to win, perhaps even thinking of the next game, THAT is when it will start to go bell-up, why, because you’ve now started to put pressure on yourself.
Now let’s imagine you’re back in that bar, you’ve only had a few games and the whole thing was lots of fun, everyone is about to leave for the next venue and all you have to do is pot the easy black and grab your coat.
Imagine that just at the moment you are about to take your shot someone drops $500 on the table that you will miss it, a passing TV crew just happen to see this and quickly set up camera and lighting (it could happen, you never know!).
The point is, that this previously easy black, has suddenly become very tricky and you begin to doubt your abilities.
This can be the same for Chi Sau.
When you were at class before you tried and tried, week after week to get it right, and without knowing it, the more pressure you put on yourself the more you MAY HAVE made mistakes, through tension and over-eagerness.
Remember I say MAY HAVE, do not think this is a reason to leave, IT IS NOT, all I am saying is that, IF you have missed class for a while there ARE positives to draw from this.
Do not think that all is lost and you’ll never get back to where you were, of course you will, and you know what, it MAY have even done you some good.
If you have been taught Chi Sau correctly it should be like riding a bike, you never forget, you just loose that edge you may have had previously.
And if that is the reason you are not going back to class, you have a problem with ego my friend, so suck it up, go back to class, forget the fact that others you knew before ma have moved on, OF COURSE THEY HAVE, THEY DIDN’T LEAVE!
Now do not deny them their own personal progress but try to see it as an incentive for yourself, a driving force for your own development and a reason to maybe not leave so easily next time.
Happy training everyone.
And if you’re not training at the moment for reasons of ‘Having a break’.
SORT IT OUT AND GET BACK ON IT!
You’ll be glad you did.