Sometimes we look at what we do and think we are right. But is this always true?
I pointed out to my student one of the main points about doing Wing Chun wooden dummy since we were analyzing the question of what is a correct distance. I said that the way that many practitioners do it is actually not optimal.
The reason why they can get away with it is because their opponent is not the wiser. If they had tried it against those old timers who really know their stuff then they might have to re-evaluate what they do.
What then is correct? This is when a short demo was called for which then lead to a good question.
If this is correct why is it that most people do what Ip Man tend to do in his video on the dummy?
Very good question.
I then said the first demo is what we define as correct for beginners. Now the second demo is the same but expressed as a principle in a non-obvious way. So now it looks exactly like what many do but the feel is not the same.
But how do you know that the way many people do is not optimal?
Use the principles to gauge and you will have your answer.
Take a look at Ip Man’s clip again and then look at other clips. Are they really doing the same thing like the old man?