It has been a while since we released an article expressing our views about Wing Chun. When we first started working on Wing Chun Geeks, we made a huge discovery. The solution to most of your Wing Chun training needs is right in your pocket and 95% of the people that read this article will never do anything about it We have discovered that filming yourself while training will bring your training to a whole new level of analysation.
What is the secret again?…..
It is a camera. A simple handheld device many of us carry around in our pocket.
I’m A Youtube Grandmaster
Many people leave a comment on videos, saying how they dislike them or how their Sifu is better. Which is fine, it is an open forum that welcomes discussion. What most people overlook is that they are not necessarily the ones benefiting from the videos. In reality, the person being filmed in the video is the one that benefits the most.
What we mean is, imagine yourself training in front of a mirror. You see the mistakes you make and you do your best to correct them. What about the mistakes you miss? If you film yourself with your iPhone or another simple camera, it will open your eyes to a whole new world of problems. As intelligent Wing Chun people, it is our duty to seek our problems and correct them. You will be shocked at the minor mistakes you make and the things that need to be tuned up.
Professional fighters do It
Many people in the Wing Chun community are under a spell, believing that just because we do Wing Chun we are somehow better than the rest. Just because Ip Man and Bruce Lee did WC, it does not mean the “magic” was passed from their hands to yours. If professional fighters, such as MMA fighters and boxers, watch videos of themselves training and fighting, why should we be any different?
What Do You Look For??
Okay, you started recording yourself, now what the hell do you start looking for? If you have been training for a while, you might be thinking “What don’t I look for?!?!?” but below are a few examples:
1. Are you in a horse stance?
Lots of us forget that Sil Lim Tao is a full body form. Despite just standing there for 3 – 5 minutes, it doesn’t just focus on the hands. You cannot forget about the lower half of your body, keep those legs bent. As a general rule in all martial arts, your knees should be bent at all times.
2. Are your shoulders relaxed?
A question we are asked fairly frequently is how do I relax during “Chi Sau” or “keep my shoulders down?” As Sifu Ed Cruz points out in his interview, if you cannot relax your shoulders training by yourself, how on earth do you expect to do it with another person? Although by training with other person you will eventually learn how to relax, why not give yourself the extra edge by practicing the same principle by training alone.
3. Are your techniques clean?
Speed is cool and we all wanna be Bruce Lee fast, but at times you have to let the ego go, and focus on the details. At times you have to slow down, analyse what you are doing, really get it perfect, and then perhaps inject some speed.
Will you actually take the time to record yourself? If so, what would you look for?