Its funny how sometimes the people who really noticed are the people standing outside the circle.
I know this person who used to learn Wing Chun. He saw me teaching it some years back. I have not really talked to him about Wing Chun until yesterday when we met when least expected.
He thought I was still teaching Wing Chun but I said I had stopped. He is still interested in Wing Chun though so we got to talking about it and I mentioned some of the things from The Ip Man Question eBook to him. Turns out he has noticed some of the things that I highlighted in TIMQ though he didn’t go looking for answers.
I talked about some of the things that I wrote about in TIMQ. His previous other, longer non-Wing Chun background and broad thinking enabled him to understand and appreciate these issues better than the average Wing Chun practitioner who is stuck inside a mindset without considering whether those things they learned are really correct when assessed using physics, biomechanics and strategies.
I discussed why knowing the differences as highlighted in TIMQ is important to those learning Wing Chun or even to those who want to improve their non-WC styles. There are certain lessons there that are universal and easier to learn in the Ip Man model ala TIMQ context, things like :-
a) Use of soft, willow-like hands with snake-like spiral characteristics
b) Single leg balance for shadowless kicking and unified motion
c) Long range power as per traditional CMA power requirement
d) Small circle movements for swift response, neutralization and defense penetration
e) Minimize resisting opponent’s strength
In words, these five things will sound like stuff you hear in other Wing Chun classes and you would be tempted to think they are similar or the same. However, once you actually see and feel it then you will change your mind and say that its different. It certainly won’t turn you into the superhuman Ip Man that you see on the silver screen but it can certainly improve your understanding and hopefully your practice.