We know that you want to bring your Wing Chun to the next level and we are going to tell you how to do it. There is one form, one mindset, that is more important than all the rest.
Sil Lim Tao….
Yea the first one, if you think jumping around from form to form or focusing all your energy on a “cool technique” is the way to go, you are asking for one thing, a mean cold hearted, punch to the face. As Wing Chun Practitioners who claim we are “scholar warriors” we have to do a few things, mainly make sure we are truly masters of the basics. Whether you are training Wing Chun for 2 weeks or 20 years, you must keep reflecting on the true meaning of Sil Lim Tao and if you are technically more advanced than the “Sil Lim Tao Level” you have to ask yourself “how can I apply what I am working on now to a Sil Lim Tao mindset?”
Lucky for you, we broke the master killer secrets into 5 easy to follow steps.
Step One: Train Now, Talk Later
In the martial arts community we get a little too tied up in “what does and does not work.” While it is important to contemplate such things, what is more important is to get off your ass and try it out.
No matter how many forum posts you make or how many youtube videos you comment on, it’s not going to raise your skill as much as simply trying it out.
Here is some homework,
1. look up a youtube video on a different martial art.
2. See how they attack.
3. Develop Sil Lim Tao level drill on how to combat the attack.
If I’m on the butterfly swords, why should I waste my time on a low level drill?
Well, if you can’t figure out how to stop an attack from a Sil Lim Tao mindset, good luck figuring it out at your current level. It is your responsibility, not just your instructors’, to ensure that you really understand what is going on. Keep looking backwards as well as forward to fill in the gaps you missed out on.
I Don’t have a partner and Wing Chun is a partner system, therefore I cannot train by myself.
Ehhhhhhh Wrong. Last time I checked, boxers box against other people. They also train by themselves, they do this magical training drill known as “shadow boxing.” Why should Wing Chun be any different? If you can’t envision how someone is going to attack you, how can you possibly stop them when they are in front of you? Take advantage of your alone time and figure it out on a mental level, then when you have someone to train with, see if you were correct or not.
Step Two: Train with other people
Don’t forget that it takes at least two people to have a fight. More than likely that other person is not going to be a fellow Wing Chun’er. Which means, you gotta be a master of the basics. If you can’t pull off basic level stuff or if you were able to pull it off 5 years ago, but haven’t trained it since, you might wanna consider reflecting on some Sil Lim Tao level drills.
Here Are A few Partner Drills To Get you Started:
Step Three: Seek a Strong Mentor (more than one)
Perhaps this should be listed as step one, but without strong guidance you might be in trouble.
Let’s say you are going to start your own company. Your first mentor or perhaps boss, taught you a lot about how to start your own company and is extremely knowledgeable about your industry, but he isn’t that great at marketing. There is nothing wrong with seeking another mentor or consultant to help ‘up’ your marketing game.
Why shouldn’t the same thing apply to marital arts? As much as we love our Sifus, they are not the only resource for information out there. For example, let’s say your Sifu is good at contact drills, like Chi Sau, the type of drills where you start from a position where your hands or feet are already touching your opponent. The problem? Perhaps they don’t focus enough on non-contact drills, sometimes you start fights without your hands already touching the opponent.
Similar to our business model example, you could do the same and find an expert in non-contact fighting. There are tons of them out there, they are called “boxing coaches.”
If your current mentor can’t fill in the gaps for your Sil Lim Tao training, you are going to have to seek help elsewhere. After all for something as important as Sil Lim Tao, something you must keep referring back to and keep building on, there is nothing wrong with seeking other people to help you out and help you become a more rounded fighter.
Any good mentor is going to have a strong knowledge of Sil Lim Tao and keep referring back to the basics. Do a google search, living in a remote area is no reason not to have the ability to tap into the knowledge of great Kung Fu teachers via email or telephone.
Don’t believe us that you can’t use the internet to help develop your Wing Chun Skills? Check out our Audio interview with Sifu John Cresione by “Clicking Here To Check Out “How To Wing Chun The Smart Way”
Step Four: Train Drills
To build up your Sil Lim Tao abilities, you gotta train. Here are a bunch of drills to build on the basics and really get your muscle memory cooking
Step Five: Challenge Yourself and Do Something Different
When the UFC first started, no one knew how the hell to stop Royce Gracie. After a few years, everyone smartened up and learned how to defend themselves against ground fighters. The result? The UFC, in our opinion, is better than ever. The fighters are more rounded, and lots of “stand up fighters” know how to stand back up after being taken down to the ground, or even stop their opponent before they even have the opportunity to take them down.
Help your fellow Wing Chun’ers out, How can you challenge yourself and do something different to enhance your training?