Have you ever thought of Wing Chun as something more?
Did you ever consider the idea that this conceptual Art could be directly translated into your work, your family or your relationships?
What if everything was somehow tied together?
What if by learning a killing art, you could actually learn how to live?
In my opinion, combat, work, family, relationships, living and dying all have something in common.
You and your mind set. Your set of ideas.
These elements make up your cell, your environment, you habitat. And you are in the center of it. You have a direct influence on what you give to these elements and an indirect influence on what you get back.
For example, the hours you put into your training. All the energy, focus and love you give your art you will eventually get back.
Just like growing a garden or raising a child.
For me, Wing Chun has meant something more than fighting, right from the beginning. I think that a true concept or idea can be applied in any field of life.
This is a part of my Wing Chun Jorney from starting out to having my own school and helping more than 500 people discover their power and become the strongest version of themselves:
So here are 5 ways that Wing Chun made a difference in my life and could do the same for you.
1. Believe in yourself and the power you have inside
I can personally say that by practicing Wing Chun I learned maybe the most important lesson in my life. My Sifu taught me how to be self-confident and that when life knocks you down, you gotta get up, learn from your mistakes and move on.
I can’t stress this enough.
Most people fight one time, they get their ass kicked and they think. Ohh… I’m not a fighter, I’ll never be good at this. You’re right! You’re not going to be good at anything unless you are a fighter.
Fighting is not just about blowing somebody’s head off. That’s easy! Fighting is about wanting to WIN so much that you are willing to go though hell for it. You don’t care what happens. It’s fight or flight.
Most people bang their head against the wall and they think they’re stuck, while the other guy is digging tunnels under it, and there’s another one who’s making a door and another one who’s jumping the damn wall.
Which one are you?
2. “If you are stupid, Wing Chun will make you smart”
And I quote Gary Lam on this.
Wing Chun can improve your brain activity, making it easier for you to connect the dots and of course pay more attention to detail.
When you practice the first form you are actually building neural bridges between the left and right sides of the brain making your brain more active.
Wing Chun will make you more sensitive, not only to your opponent, but to very subtle changes in your environment. Like changes in others’ behavior, a threat that might not be so obvious like losing your job or the start of a cold.
The advantage of having such a sense is that you can instantly take action. Something outside the school that I use, for example, is when I feel a bit of a cold coming up, I Instantly drink some hot tea, get some warmer clothes.
I basically kill the monster while it’s little I don’t wait for it to start eating the city before I act.
3. Everything is learnable, but excellence is subject to strategy
Like I mentioned in my eBooks I personally had a really tough time in the beginning.
I honestly thought that I would never learn this Art.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m still in the beginning of my Wing Chun journey. I don’t pretend to be a Master or Guru, I don’t have all the answers, but I do have few ideas that work.
So, through perseverance, came another important lesson. Anything can be learned, but excellence takes strategy and HARD work.
The good thing is strategy is also a learnable skill.
And where do you get strategy?
From the people that have it, that understand it and that are willing to share it with you. Strategy can really make your life easier. For example, think of the wall we mentioned earlier. You can learn to climb a wall, but strategy will show you where the door is.
4. Wing Chun Leverage
Leverage ultimately means using less energy for better outcome. It is a main concept in Wing Chun and it is the idea behind body mechanics like the One Inch Punch, for example.
Leverage is a concept that is quite familiar to us. I mean, we don’t use sharp rocks to cut food or horses to go to work anymore. And yet there are so many people out there that are doing the same things everyday expecting to get better results.
If you want better results, you need to learn to leverage whatever you have. What I’m trying to say is that scarce knowledge that is applied and acted upon is much more valuable than a doctorate in nuclear physics that is never used.
If you only know one punch and you practice that punch until it becomes second nature, until you can do real damage with it, that’s going to make you more of a fighter than knowing 100 different punches.
In my opinion, there is always a way to get better results with less energy so you can focus your energy to other important things in your life. But, getting there takes time and focused efforts.
5. Learn to win
Winning is not something people are born with. Of course winners seem to win all the time, that’s why they’re called winners, while losers, well you know…
Truth is that winning is learnable, in fact it’s like a drug.
Once you get a taste of accomplishment you never go back, I promise you. And every person that can be described as an achiever did not start out that way.
They had to work their way up.
I read an article by Sifu James Anderson recently where he describes bullying, the psychological consequences and how you can overcome it.
He goes on to describe what winners are made of:
“Winners don’t shriek and cry. Nor do they come from Sylvester’s Rocky movie-land where a prerequisite to winning is to have their face splattered. No. Winners win and make it look easy, with style and grace… You must become the predator, and prey no more.”
(Sifu James Anderson – Bullying, http://www.pankrationwingchun.com)