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Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver Blog
Sunday, 6 August 2017

Improving Wing Tsun training results - It’s the little things

1. “No”; the invisible enemy.
2. Embrace the weird, strange and odd!
3. Movement vs. speed and power.

1. “No”; the invisible enemy.
This is an enemy that creeps up very often. Many times, with the best intentions of improving one’s training. Both training partners know the steps 1, 2 and 3 for their next exercise. Partner A throws a punch, partner B is supposed to respond in a particular way, which allows partner A to finish the example drill. But instead, partner B combats partner A’s finish and makes it impossible for either one to train the components successfully.
a) Let each training partner ‘win’ their part of an exercise.
b) Understand the idea behind each step.
c) Work with each other, instead of against each other, before even any new skill has been achieved. Support each other’s training.
d) Make mistakes, on purpose.
e) The more you know what can go wrong and when and how, the better will be the ‘right’ response.
f) If you always oppose, you will only find resistance. Learn to say YES! Yin and Yang, baby! 

2. Embrace the weird, strange and odd!
I remember seminars with my Si-Fu. He showed an exercise, variations and possible outcomes. It seemed all very clear. The moment he walked away, everybody looked at each other. Two groups; one side saying: “What the heck again, are we supposed to do?”, the other group: “That was weird what Si-Fu showed. I think we are better off doing what we know, it works better anyway.”
When an exercise seems weird, move and find out why. If a drill appears very strange; move and find out what it is about. If an instruction looks kind of odd, move and try to feel where this odd coaching moment leads you to.
Don’t fear or straight away ignore or foil an attempt to bring your skill and knowledge to the next level. It feels weird, strange and odd for a reason. You can’t do it.
If your technique aka movement feels weak, train it.
Another technique aka movement feels much better? Great. Train rather your weak spots.
Don’t believe a drill or technique or movement is good? Well, duh. It’s not yours, yet. Once you have mastered a set of ideas, then is the time to choose what suits you better.
Embrace the weird, strange and odd!

3. Movement vs. speed and power.
You are in the middle of an exercise. To make it work, it is quite normal that an individual uses their speed and strength to succeed. But, yes there is a big BUT, it doesn’t make you better.
Why not? If your skill hasn’t been perfected, a faster and or stronger training partner will beat you at your game.
Take away strength when you train. Feel, recognize what the exercise is about.
Take away speed when you train. Experience, understand what the exercise is supposed to improve.
This does at no time mean, be weak. That never means, stay weak. If in doubt, always get stronger.
A sprinter cannot simply wish to run the faster.
A weightlifter cannot just wish to bench-press 40 more pounds.
A lot of hard work, maybe months go into that achievement.
Why would you attempt to perform an exercise faster?
Why would you overwhelm your weaker training partner with your strength?
Improve your movement! Better movement is the key!

You train with each other until you own the skill, the movement. Once it works at various speeds, under many conditions; then comes the time to add your strength, your speed. Now test the skill in an uncooperative environment. Now hinder each others’ efforts, make it difficult. Now test if different skill sets begin to interact, begin to connect and allow you to defend yourself under increasing stress in a chaotic scenario.

Better movement doesn’t make you faster or stronger, but it can support making your current level of strength and speed work. Better movement can help you to combat greater speed and strength.
Improvement is found in the little things. Learn to say YES! Yin and Yang, baby!

Posted by ralph haenel at 2:43 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 6 August 2017 2:52 PM PDT

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