Season 1 Episode 16. Ade in Britain.
This is a quaint travel program I happened across on TV one night. The episode I saw had the host Adrian Edmondson visiting a traditional bakery making Melton Mowbray pork pies.
Apparently this pie has a long history and it is origin protected. This means that unless its made in this town in the United Kingdom no one else can call their pie a Melton Mowbray pork pie.
What made me sit up about this pie was that it takes 4 days to make! The baker who said this even proudly said that the best things in life takes time to justify the long production process.
What the baker said reminded me of the time of how I didn’t think much of PKK when I first learned it. It looked too simple to me. It was unlike Wing Chun which was what I had learned before stumbling across PKK.
So for a long time I never really seriously trained PKK. It was something fun to know but nah, just wasn’t me. Yet, I continue to remember it and would bring it out now and then to see what I could make of those parts that I could not understand or able to perform much less apply.
The first part of the training was already boring. Footwork. Side by side. Up and down. Yawn!
The partner training drill was better. Still when compared to Wing Chun it was a huge bore (see video below – my student in the video had just learned this exercise just minutes before informal filming). No nice trapping techniques here. Just plain, unsophisticated one punch, one block which was how I saw it back then.
Later, fortunately, my teacher made it more interesting by explaining certain things that I hadn’t thought about. An example is the principle of using non-contact against an opponent who wants to stick to your bridge to control it such as those from a style like Wing Chun.
In the video below this learning is done slowly so the non-contact part is not so obvious. However, the principle of using rotation to generate a strong force to fling off the bridge of the opponent who is trying to stick to you seemed different from the strong slapping Pak Sao that I learned in Wing Chun.
The WC technique I learned would cause the opponent’s bridge to cross the center, leaving him vulnerable to chain punches. On the other hand, the PKK technique would cause the opponent to be destabilized and momentarily at a loss to react, leaving him open to a powerful circular strike, an example below.
In conclusion, its true that the good things in life really do take time, in my case it took me more than a decade before I could appreciate what PKK is about and why at one time it was the top performing full contact tournament style up north.