Wing Tsun is a traditional martial art but still absolutely up to date. Orientation and safety in the practical training are ensured by considering the basic principals. The skills are not developed to overcome another human but to be able to unfold one’s potential in the widest sense and to reach personal aims gentle and confident. Seen from this angle, Wing Tsun is not a fighting-style but a way to end the fight.
As long as nothing is in our way, we follow our goals as directly as possible. When something is in the way, we step closer, to examine the problem more detailed, not forgetting our goal and without becoming a resistance ourselves. We integrate the gained information, by using the perceived resistance as a step-stone for our own next step. If the resistance is of active character or simply too strong, we yield to find another point of view or approach without delay. If the problem is solved only seemingly, we stay vigilant, so the resistance has little opportunity to reform.
These are high demands but Wing Tsun is only superficially seen a method of self-defence, - first of all it is a way of self-discovery, self-experience and of personal growth. We are acting according to the image that we make of our self: Wing Tsun helps us, to complete this picture. Only if we know our self, we are able to unite our physical power, our will and believe.
The living transformation of the Wing Tsun principals is the way and the outcome of our training at the same time. That means, that we do not see Wing Tsun as a means to an end, to reach a future goal, but we try to realize the principals in every moment of our practice, because single-sided concentration on intention will lead to hindering tension making progress slow and painstaking.
“The way is the aim!” On the “way of practice”, at all times I can only be in the result right here and “right now”, the exercises are no way to get “better” than I am at the moment. Why should one train, if there is nothing to achieve? Because it is a big challenge to stay in the “now” with all senses.
While executing an exercise with a partner, I feel, that my movements are hard, angular and not smooth, not speaking about ease. Watching myself, I become unsatisfied. Maybe I yank around my partner or he does it with me, I really like to train with somebody else!
At this point, one could already resign and believe, Wing Tsun is not the right thing for her or him. Indeed, this conflict is a good opportunity to start the training. What I just made contact with, is the constant interference of my fault-finding inner voice. In truth that’s the only thing, that keeps me from learning with my partner in a positive way and to be in the “now” with all my senses.