If you were to ask me, ‘Name three people that you consider to be Core Bad Ass’. I would say without a shadow of doubt: Bruce Lee, Miyamoto Musashi, and Charlie Chaplin.
Now, you might think. OK! I can understand Bruce Lee and Miyamoto Musashi, the two sword samurai. But what does Charlie Chaplin have to do with anything?
To answer that question, I’ve posted a video at the bottom of the article to give you a better idea of what I consider to be Bad Ass.
In my opinion, being a Bad Ass is not about arrogance, power or showing who’s boss. There’s a good reason why, today, being a Bad Ass has a positive connotation to it.
So, let’s get into it! Here are 5 ways you can become a Wing Chun Bad Ass.
1. Be defined by your results/ your actions
It’s not about who we are deep inside, it’s what we do that defines us.
If you’ve been training in Wing Chun for a while, you have noticed this waste of space that is called the Wing Chun troll. You will find this species, in forums, on YouTube and slowly moving their habitats on Facebook.
This species is very shy of places like Wing Chun schools, where they could actually ‘put their money where their mouths are’.
He, the Wing Chun troll, is the internet’s supreme warrior, winner of all arguments, while at the same time, triumphant in nothing.
This is the absolute opposite of greatness.
This kind of behavior is the killer of all ambition, of all sacrifice, of all martial arts excellence. The loud mouth, the ‘I am’ or the ‘my Sifu is…’
If you are looking towards being a Great Wing Chun man or woman, this is exactly what you don’t want to become. Or the kind of people you will want to avoid at all costs.
Work! Work and achieve, work and become! Be defined by what you do.
There is great reward and great respect for the silent achiever.
And remember, it’s never about you. You are doing this to contribute, not just to blow people’s heads off their shoulders. You need to give back to the people that gave to you and give to people that need your help.
Being Great is not just about you!
2. Be humble
Empty vessels make the most noise.
In my opinion, humility is one of the most valuable traits we can poses as martial artists.
It makes you likable, it opens doors and it gives you core happiness and peace.
Now, there is a very fine line between being humble and being invisible. It’s not about not shining as a person.
I think that being humble means that you’ve put in the work, you know you are good, and you don’t need to talk about how good you are or about your achievements.
You don’t strive to become, you simply are.
We tend to forget about humility when we are looking for shortcuts, when we sell ourselves, and when we look for reasons why we deserve this or we deserve that, without actually putting in all the work, without actually sacrificing anything.
Success is ultimately about sacrificing who you are now, for who you will become.
So, humility comes with hard work and achievement. It’s where you are so good that you don’t need to brag.
People know when you are truly good at what you do, they feel it.
So you don’t need to talk about it.
In my opinion, humility is the new Bad Ass.
3. Know yourself deeply and truly
“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.” – Mark Twain
There are so many awkward situations I could have avoided in life, if I would have known early on who I am, what I am made of and what I really want from my life.
From my experience, this is the single most important thing anybody needs to figure out early on.
You need to know what you can be good at and where you can shine.
Knowing yourself, will make a HUGE difference in your life, because you will know in which areas you can perform at Bad Ass level.
The beginning of knowing yourself lies in asking new questions.
Questions like, ‘Where am I heading? Am I working towards the life that I want to live? Am I working to become the kind of person my kids would be proud of? Am I living to my full potential? Have I given it my all? Why did I fail in the past? What can I do to avoid the same mistakes? What makes me happy? What is the greatest thing I can leave behind me? What can I give this world? What am I really good at? What could I become an expert in?’
Only after you sit down and write clear answers to each of these questions will you know who you really are, noise aside.
You are not meant to be what your mommy wants you to be, nor what your spouse thinks you should be doing with your time.
You were meant to be a Bad Ass in your particular talent, calling, field of life.
It’s only through passion that you will find the energy, drive and motivation to invest the time you need to become a True Bad Ass.
It’s the same with Wing Chun. If you’ve got the passion to do what it takes, you are on your way to becoming a pure blood Bad Ass.
4. Let the Greatness that you have inside manifest in your life
We all know and love Bruce Lee and most of us are here today thanks to his efforts of becoming more that just a man. Thanks to his efforts of manifesting the Greatness that he had inside.
That’s right, he wasn’t always the Bruce Lee as you know him today. He worked his ass off for that.
When I think of Bruce Lee, the first thing that comes to mind is confidence… unstoppable, dynamic, fluid, core confidence.
In my opinion, this kind of confidence can be absolutely learned and conditioned until it becomes permanent.
In other words, Bad Ass confidence is something anybody can make his or her own.
And you do that by constantly honing your skills and learning to talk to yourself in a constructive way.
We’ve all had moments in life when we did something stupid, when somebody rejected us, when we felt helpless. But each and every one of us has also lived moments of pure greatness. When you simply Won and felt like a Winner.
I think that we need to spend more time thinking of these moments, and figure out what we actually did to win.
Learn what it takes to be a winner.
From my experience, and from what I’ve seen in others, winning ultimately means Never Giving Up combined with a Clear Goal.
Never forget that you are absolutely Amazing!
We all have unlimited Greatness and Good inside us.
And you know it, you feel it deep inside!
Question is, what are you going to do with it?
Are you going to learn to use it, let it manifest, let it change your life?
5. Have the guts to…
I think that the main trait of being Bad Ass is courage.
Courage is not the absence of fear. It’s being afraid to fail but doing it anyway and giving your absolute best.
If it doesn’t scare you than it’s not Big enough.
It takes guts to do anything worthwhile.
From what I know, any form of success took some courage on the part of the winner. Wong Shun Leung, Bruce Lee’s Mentor and kung fu brother under Ip man, actually said that, ‘The best form of Self Defense is being invisible, if you can’t be invisible, learn Wing Chun’.
In other words, people all too often associate safety with being invisible, not stepping on anybody’s toes, never breaking the rules, and following some status quo.
If you want to be a Wing Chun Bad Ass, you’d better be ready to make your own rules to live by. Forget about following and copying somebody else. I personally think that trying to copy somebody is a great waste of potential.
I think Bruce Lee put it very well, ‘When I look around, I always learn something and that is to be always yourself and to express yourself, to have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it’.
Sometimes it takes guts to stand up and talk about your ideas, your convictions, as they might be so different from other people. But, you cannot be original, you cannot shine as an individual unless your ideas and actions are of course, a bit different.
It took guts for Bruce Lee to come back to Hong Kong, after failing in Hollywood, and to make his legendary movies; guts and a leap of faith.
And thanks to that courage, people gave a whole new meaning to Martial Arts.
So, don’t be afraid to shine!
Go out there and be a Bad Ass, your kind of Bad Ass.
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