Hey all, got another interesting guest post for you. One of my online friends, Sifu Bogdan Rosu recently started the website addicted2wingchun.com. Being that WC websites are few and far between, I wanted to give him the opportunity to voice his thoughts. Take it away Sifu Rosu!
What if you could get faster and better results in martial arts?
What if with the same time and energy you could drastically improve your outcome?
What if you could accelerate your Wing Chun skills and enjoy those core benefits of Martial Arts sooner than expected?
What if you could apply this kind of leverage not only in martial arts but in any field of life?
What if all it took was a small change?
Getting faster and better results in life is really a matter of mind set.
And we see it all the time.
In the Olympics, for example, you have athletes like Michael Phelps who won 8 gold medals in a single event (2008 Beijing Games). Does the day no have have the same 24 hours for everyone? Does this mean that Phelps is some kind of superhuman, mutant with extraordinary physical capabilities?
What people like him and high achievers have in common is a super human mind set.
And anybody with the hunger and will for excellence can do it, because we all have all the tools inside us.
A core concept in Wing Chun is leverage. Having better results with less energy. That’s why smaller people like Bruce Lee or Wong Shun Leung, were able to generate huge amounts of force from only a few inches. Similarly, a few small changes in mind set, can make a huge difference in outcome.
I personally had a very difficult time with Wing Chun in the beginning. Coming from a karate background, I had to reprogram my body and my responses. It was just like learning to walk again.
But from any struggle comes a reward.
I learned how to help people get consistent and fast results in Wing Chun and here are 7 ways I’ve used and that you can use to accelerate your Wing Chun skills.
When lion cubs are playing, they are actually learning to hunt.
Never mix work with pleasure? What are you talking about?
The way we practice martial arts or wing chun exercises has drastically changed from the past. We are not as patient and we don’t have as much time as we would want to dedicate to martial arts, nowadays.
It is said we are living in the digital age, but I think that we are rather living in the entertainment age. We remember things that excite us that make us laugh or cry, things that involve us emotionally.
And that’s one of the reasons why training is so damn hard. Let’s face it. It’s boring. I mean most of the time you are doing the same thing over and over again.
And there is absolutely no way around that. You need conditioning and repetition to make reactions as natural as breathing. In my opinion, if you want to accelerate this process you should also play while you train. Have a laugh once in a while. You need to love the art, not only for what it gives you, but also for how it makes you feel when you practice.
Switch from boring to blast-off.
Raise Your Standards
You are only as good as your standards
The fact is that most people have very low standards they set for themselves, especially in martial arts. Having low standards is like setting a glass ceiling for yourself and being trapped in a vicious circle.
In my opinion, the best would be to look for an exceptionally skilled martial artist in your respective lineage and study that person. It might be your grandmaster, it might be your Sifu or a kung fu brother, or even Bruce Lee.
Observing people that are above excellent in Wing Chun, will give you a whole different standard in Attitude, Speed, Power, and Agility. Your subconscious will have a new target to work with.
My advice would be spending time with these people, watching their videos, or DVDs. Just listening to them, and you will learn how to be just as good if not better. People are more open with knowledge than ever, we live in the best time to learn Wing Chun.
Train While You Train
Hard work is never over rated
Let’s make something clear. Just because you show up for training doesn’t mean you are taking full advantage of your time in the school.
The same way that going to work for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, doesn’t mean you will get promoted. What will give you that promotion is what you do with those 8 hours.
There is no prize for just showing up. You ‘show up’ for funerals and that’s the only time when it matters.
When you train, you need action, you need to be there mentally and focus on being better than the last time. Sounds like a lot of work? It is! It will feel like that the first time you do it, the second time, the fifth or how many it will take. But, excellence is a HABIT.
It will become automatic, and it will take absolutely no effort when it does. It’s like giving yourself a Wing Chun growth hormone. You will have it as a standard to improve your Wing Chun every single time.
You will become faster, stronger, more stable, and a better fighter.
Power and speed come from Relaxation
Relaxation is one of the most important skills that you will need in Wing Chun and in life. It requires you to be able to manage your emotions.
It starts from the mind and moves in the body. Try being tight mentally and relaxed physically, you can’t. Mind and body are directly linked with each other. Your conscious mind can influence your body and your actions can directly influence your conscious state of mind, while repeated action and experience will influence your subconscious and limiting beliefs.
So how do you relax?
In my opinion, the best time to learn relaxation is while you are doing the first form. You start by relaxing your mind, and you slowly let it move into your muscles, while doing the form.
Relaxation will allow you to have better responses, be more sensitive to changes and of course be faster and stronger.
Ask Your Sifu
You will never know for sure until you ask
Your Sifu is there for a reason. To teach you, guide you and help you. The best person to go to when you want better results will always be your teacher. He or she knows exactly what you are missing and what you need to work on so that you can move on to the next level.
A lot of people avoid asking questions out of fear. Fear that it might be a stupid question and that people will judge them. While there is such a thing as a stupid question, and I am guilty of having asked many of those. You need to keep in mind that people judge anyway, regardless of what you do.
And if you are afraid of something like being judged, by your kung fu brothers, what will you do when somebody comes up to mug, rape or kill you? You need to act. The best cure for fear is action. Don’t think, DO!
To come back to the subject, I think that hard work is very important. But if you want fast results you need to add smart work. Instead of banging your head against the wall, ask your Sifu where the door is. He knows, he’s been there!
Failing Is Necessary
You can fail and win at the same time
No matter how good you are, you can always fail. The trick is always learn from your mistakes and this is called experience.
If you do some research you will find out that the most successful people in the world are also the biggest failures in the world. Michael Jordan stated, ‘I have failed over and over and over again my life, and that is why I succeed’.
I think that the best experience comes from screwing up and learning what you need to do so you don’t make the same mistake again. For me, failing has always been the best teacher. I found that early on in my training.
So, be prepared for the bumps in Wing Chun and in life. Don’t make mountains out of ant hills, and know that your experience is priceless to the world because it is unique.
Train with the best
Be a wolf in the pack not in the sheep in a heard
This is probably the one single tool that will give you the fastest growth.
Because, training with the best in your school will automatically make you set a higher standard for yourself.
The first thing you should do is identify those two or three people that are the TOP in your school. Then start training with them, ask for advice after class, listen to what they have to say.
You don’t need to do everything they say, because some advice may not apply to you. We have different bodies and different ways of seeing things. But having a few perspectives that are different from your own will definitely give you that small edge that will make all the difference in your training.
Training like this will give you an opportunity to work not only on your skill, but also on your self-confidence and the way you interact with others. When you become self-confident and you have excellent people skills, you will have more opportunities in life and get the most out of it.
So, which of these concepts is your favourite? Which one would you start to apply from your next training session? Or which of them are you alredy doing?
Leave a comment below and let me know!
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Also, be sure to check out my e-books where I discuss, in a very detailed manner, topics like:
- Train your emotional being
- Develop spark reaction
- Start to let go of thought
- Become automatic like a machine
- Access your internal power