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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Five forms of training that enable you to achieve your goals

1. Group classes
The most common form of training is the attendance of group classes. Going step by step through our student and later advanced  programs, we work through interconnected exercise groups. From the aspect of self-defense, to a level of self-discovery it leads many to the deeper studies of the martial ART of Wing Tsun Kung Fu.
Different training partners make up the value of the group class experience. You will work in a cooperative and non-cooperative environment. You will deal with taller, shorter, heavier, stronger, weaker, more experienced training partners. You learn to express yourself. To say what you need to exercise, to speak up, and build a healthy level of confidence. Improve your posture. Become aware of your surroundings among many other benefits.

2. Private classes
In private training your local Sifu is typically working on your personalized training goals. I focus very much on our specific Chi-Sau exercise methods that allow you to transform any level of physical strength into functional strength, while improving properties like distance, timing, balance, mobility and more. I will push you past limits you thought you won’t even be able to touch.

3. Seminar training
In typically 6+ hours of intensive seminars we go in a very unique atmosphere through a whole complex of connected topics, to review past training and set the course for the next months of training.

4. Meetups with training partners
Outside of group-, private- and seminar training you can meet up with like-minded training partners, compare notes, discuss past classes, dissect the issues behind exercises and help each other to improve. Exchange different viewpoints. Listen to each other.

5. Solo training
Make a plan. Print it out. Hang it up. Make yourself accountable. Set a weekly plan for your own solo training. It can even be mere minutes a day, five minutes here, three minutes there.
Even Chi-Sau exercises can be trained one-sided, kind of a shadow boxing, imagining the other half of the exercises. Include targeted and specialized strength of fitness training.

All five forms of training are important to your personal progress. We all lead busy lives, are consumed by a massive workload, attempt a balanced family life, get overwhelmed by information overload and the possibilities of social media connections.

Unless you work six days a week, 16 hours a day, there will always be some time.

One of our members works late, almost every single evening. He still comes to group classes, even if there is only half an hour left. Many others would just go home and be lazy. Edmond is my hero. And he is married. It is possible.

Another one works, is married, has a child, on top teaches another hobby of his, Salsa dancing, AND comes to Wing Tsun classes when possible. He made it due to his steady commitment even into the advanced team of Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver.
Even I don’t know how Sebastian does it. But he does. It is possible! No excuses.

Posted by ralph haenel at 8:23 PM PST
Updated: Thursday, 21 January 2016 8:44 PM PST

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