Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver Blog
I am exhausted. My students are too dangerous!
I often send out little notes after private lessons, beach classes, group classes, intensive 6+ hour seminars, advanced team seminars, open-air classes, etc. Something like this one:
Email 1: “Great workouts this past Friday and Saturday! Always amazing to see how far you push yourself. The notes, questions and conclusions I receive from you; any feedback is always so important as it gives me an idea regarding the percentage of ideas "transferred' in each session.”or this oneEmail 2: “Do you know why I ask about your experiences in class? Only your comments, thoughts, questions, only your feedback can help to further improve communication and better class formats. So, take a moment and send me a quick reply.”or I make a list like the following one, which I emailed to all private lessons students of that day. Since you weren’t there, not all points might make sense. photo: Members of Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver BC, who won at a seminar a set of the WingTsun-CoreConcepts posters.
(long) Email 3: “I used the sessions on Saturday once again, to bring a few connected concepts across. Of course I can't repeat everything for everyone all throughout the day. Otherwise it would turn into a dead recital. Just like WingTsun itself, some ideas to support one’s training are born in the moment.
But I will list below the majority of the ideas of this past Saturday. Maybe you will remember more, ... or maybe less. :-) As so often here are now my questions:What are your thoughts?Do you have any conclusions?What questions came, or now come up?What is confusing? What makes sense?Comments? And here in no particular order the major concept components we talked about during a variety of physical exercises: - visual vs. tactile guidance system (recognition)- learning to see what we feel (how does it look like what I sense via touch?)- learning to feel what we see (how does it feel like what I see maybe in a flash?)
- giving someone the following exercises:- punch me with your left arm – no problem- punch me with your right arm – no problem- throw an elastic punch at me – doesn’t compute, problematic to understand
- transformation of our “technical catalogue” from idea – technique – movement – whole-body-motion
- example scenario shown with the conclusion that the pressure or tactile contact was in all three the same, the variation was located ‘behind’ the Chi-Sau contact, the examples being: - muscles not responding at all (late and weak) - muscles suddenly contracting (early and stiff) - instantly and completely adapting to and feeding off incoming movement (the way it should be, right!)
- the very difficult to execute task of our suddenly inserted “now you have hit me” exercises, leading towards a what I call “instant & complete response”; realizing the enormous difference of the mission of yielding or shifting, moving between - folding forward (right), as opposed to - collapsing backwards (wrong)
- “our” Chi-Sau being the gym for building the elastic WingTsun-Power
- ‘whiplash-like’ or ‘spring-like’ elasticity is Wing Tsun’s functional strength
- especially the last “5 sets” of our Chi-Sau exercises can be evaluated as live isometric exercises, one at a time, in between whole-body motions
- our type of Chi-Sau training, the: “partner supported – Wing Tsun internal** – physical strength to WingTsun power transformation exercise”, which was born out of certain old EWTO Chi-Sau practises
**the term ‘internal’ here having a double meaning: 1. as in inner or internal force 2. internal as in unique to the WT system
- any and all of our responses typically shift between - too fast and too slow, - too much and too little, - too weak and too strong, - too early and too late - conclusion of it being part of the ‘bandwidth of performance’
- our ultimate goal, the continuous adaptive motion, which can be of a defensive or also offensive nature …
- … the ‘right’ motion is born in the moment!
- relative perception of speed, fast and strong punches can be controlled, while slow elastic punches “slip through”
Now today, on Family Day, British Columbia’s new statutory holiday, I took the time and compiled a Word document of feedback of the past months. It turned into a tightly packed 30-page file.
Well-thought conclusions, provocative follow-up questions, as well as excellent decisions for the next training period. That is what I meant by creating the headline exclaiming that my students are dangerous. They listen intense, train dedicated, compare notes with each other, assimilate helpful ‘outside’ information.
Reading through dozens and dozens of emails, compiling the 30 pages of exciting feedback, that is exhausting, … in the most positive way.Thank you! Moral of the story?1. Train basics. Ask questions. Train intense (and smart). Give feedback! 2. Train basics. Ask questions. Train intense (and smart). Give feedback!3. Train basics. Ask questions. Train intense (and smart). Give feedback!
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