Adam Williss (YouTube Channel):
So many beginners to Wing Chun, want to know how to get good.
But the truth is that it’s less about what you do to get good than it is about staying away from pitfalls that stop you from getting good.
In this Wing Chun for beginners video, I detail some of the most common errors that Wing Chun beginners do. Knowing these, will help beginners to get good at Wing Chun.
So you want get good in Wing Chun and you’re wondering how. Well the first thing to accept is that you can’t ever watch a movie in order to get goof at real Wing Chun. Simply put, if you want to get good at Wing Chun, don’t make these mistakes.
It’s been 23 years since I began practicing Wing Chun. I’ve trained thousands of students through my Wing Chun schools, workshops and private lessons and I’ve seen the same mistakes over and over again-all common mistakes.
Over the years I’ve seen students succeed at Wing Chun and I’ve seen students fail. I’ve come to learn that there are certain things Wing Chun beginners must do right in order to progress, but there are also many things they must avoid.
1. Not focusing on one thing at a time.
Beginning Wing Chun students try too many things from too many sources. They delude their efforts by distracting themselves from a specific task at hand. Learning should be very specific-one clear thing at a time. Success demands singleness of purpose. You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things. Those students who trust in the process and concentrate on learning one thing at a time are the ones who guarantee progress.
2. Not practicing at home.
If you’re a beginning Wing Chun student and you think this is simply a class you’ll take, you’re missing the entire point of Wing Chun. You don’t learn Wing Chun, you become Wing Chun. Wing Chun has the power to make you do things others can only dream about. You must decide to become obsessed with it. This is how it flows into everything you do. Practicing at home is just one of those things. When Wing Chun becomes an obsession, you’re then living the Kung-Fu life. Practising is no longer something you have to do, it’s something that you get to do that makes you feel right.
3. Not holding yourself accountable for coming to class.
Hold yourself accountable by letting your sifu coach or coach know when you be coming to class and keeping them on the same page by tasking them when you can. If you miss a class, do your best to come to a make-up class and also you need to have at least one person to help you stay accountable. For many, it’s a spouse that helps remind them of how important this journey is to them or it could also be a friend you see often. Some get a friend to start Wing Chun shortly after them so they can hold each other accountable. Stop trying to do all this by yourself. Do what successful Wing Chun students do and surround yourself with a team that will hold you accountable.
4. Going too fast and too hard.
Beginning Wing Chun students often think going fast and hard would help them apply quicker, BUT Wing Chun is about development of higher levels of awareness. Application is simply a by-product of developing a feeling in your mind, body and nervous system of what success means-whether it’s inspiring Qi Sal drills or beginning the wooden dummy. This means developing the feeling of position of power, not participating in the struggling force of others and developing the ability to calm yourself under pressure. Going too fast and hard is just one example of not accepting that the true application will never come before true development.
5. Being too mechanical.
When you’re learning something new, it’s not going to be fluid, it’s going to be awkward. It takes training. To get fluid requires repetition. You don’t want to be rigid and robotic, being good at Wing Chun takes practice, drilling and you need to role play scenarios. Beginners must be willing to practice enough and it’ll free themselves from this rigidity. To become truly good in Wing Chun, you have to know the art. The lack of commitment to Wing Chun is the biggest ingredient in students getting what they want. You must develop true skills through hard work because you’re not born with it.
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