Shine a light or Cast a Shadow?
If Chu Shong Tin's ability where compared to a tree, he was a Giant Redwood. He towered over those around him. Some chose to ignore him, but those who recognised his ability where soon to drawn to him in awe. Such an chasm in ability for students however can leave a shadow which is hard to get out of. Trying to emulate something you are not (yet) can be frustrating and draining.
Chu Shong Tin had two options, he could could stand with his back to the sun and always leave his students in the dark, show only his best side, or he could move aside and let his students shine. The former is what the majority of teachers do; do you ever see them on youtube let students win, or set them up so they are more powerful? There are now thousands of videos of Chu Shong Tin availabe where he is not only demonstrating unstoppable power but also giving hands on guidance to his students so they could learn to do what he did.
I have huge respect for Chu Shong Tin's students, people like Nima King. They have devoted their lives to wing chun. I also understand how difficult it must be to live up to the great expectations they have in themselves, even in death his shadow still falls long.
I hope that his ethos of training is evident to our students at Sung. It is not just 'look what I can do, isnt it great', but 'look what what the human body can do, look what YOU can do'.
Humility comes from the fact that we understand how great we can be as human beings, but our own individual issues get in the way of ourselves achieving. Training for me is about getting out of the way of ourselves, finding clarity and harmony with body and mind. Shine a light on your potential.
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