I borrowed the title of this blog from a video of a wing teacher called Mox Murugan. Although I have not met Mox he teaches internal wing chun in Sweden and he has been nice enough to refer people to our school to train.
I have provided a link to the YouTube video below because I found it very interesting and it discusses many areas I have came across in my training. Specifically how training this type of wing chun not requiring you to change the person you are. When I started practicing with Jon (Jones) we discussed this, specifically he had decided to stop practicing Karate as it made him aggressive and prone to the red mist when sparing. This is hard to believe as Jon is one of the nicest people I know. If you train to want to injure people, train to perceive everyone as a threat, pretty soon the world becomes a worse place because of your presence in it. In the past I would rile Jon when we were chi sauing to tense him up, he would start to push and I could take advantage. After all of these years training, trying that tactic on him now does not work and I end up tense and vulnerable to his relaxed structure. Wing chun training has allowed him to remain himself even when under physical threat (I am more aggressive than him!).
The moral of the story is that the cure does not have to be worse than the problem. You do not have to spend hours in the gym lifting weights, punching bags or being beaten up by an instructor to to learn the art. With wing chun you attempt to master your own body and mind, you see the evidence that relaxed power at least matches muscular effort, and the confidence that builds in yourself already makes you less of a target to those looking for victims. On top of that it is also a great martial art.
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