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What It Really Takes to Become Good In Wing Chun?

Lets not worry for the moment what “good” actually means…

The short answer is – practice. Yep that’s right. Good old practice and many many repetitions. I think, many people these days obsessed a little bit too much in their search for the most experienced and the most credible Sifu. Sifu that can prove the purity of his lineage, tracing back directly to Yip Man.

IMHO, no Sifu, not even Yip Man him self can help you if you do not practice. This applies to everyone without exclusions. There is no magic wand, shortcuts or secret behind door techniques – just practice, practice and again practice. Yip Man himself can be teaching you but, if you do not practice diligently, then the time spent will not yield any results.

There is no need to search for the most decorated Sifu in your city, it will not make you better quicker… It only means you are going to pay higher fees. It is all depends on you. I am not the first to say this – any style of any lineage can be good if properly trained for. Hawkins Cheung said “… Every style can be useful, but you have to train to develop its usefulness in combat …”

I spent some time in William Cheung’s and Wong Shun Leung students’ camps. It was not rare to hear a comment or a conversation about the “notorious Uncle Bill” and/or “..our Wing Chun is better than theirs, we do it this way, while they do it that way..”.

All I can say now – if you do not put any work into self development, then all these conversations are useless. Schools, Sifus and lineages wont mean anything if you do not practice. The only thing that can decide the outcome of the battle is not your lineage, but your training….

Bruce Lee once said:

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times

Think about it ..

3 responses to “What It Really Takes to Become Good In Wing Chun?

  1. Pingback: Choose Your School Wisely « My Way of Wing Chun

  2. Tony June 2, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I don’t agree. Isn’t it important to have the highest decorated sifu in wing chun to insure you are taught the proper techniques. Otherwise if you go with some random sifu, how do you know your being taught correctly?

    • Wooden Dummy June 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      The highest decorations of your Sifu are not worth anything if you do not practice diligently… One needs to have a balance: good enough Sifu (whatever this means for you) and hard work. Without the latter, there is no point training and search for Sifus

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