Instructions from Ancestors 祖訓
In the old, traditional times, families had, and some big families still have them today, instructions for the family. We call these Jia Xun (Gā Fan in Cantonese) 家訓 – Instructions from the Family Ancestors. These are guidelines for the family’s offspring to follow to show them how to be a good person and do good deeds. Traditional Chinese people believe that, “Good deeds bring good results and bad deeds bring bad results. 善有善報惡有惡報” These rules tell the children and grandchildren to be good and if they do good things then the family will continue to grow and pass down through many generations. Today we can see families with the same surname which means that their ancestors were doing good deeds. A lot of good deeds is like a tree with deep roots, and the deeper the roots the bigger the tree will be. So the tree needs to be protected. It must be fed the right nutrients and live in a good environment. These are what the good deeds are to the tree which means the tree will be in a good situation with good people who have a good heart and always think about others. It is because they have a good heart and think about others that other people love them and then their children will be respected.
Today Wing Chun has developed so well because we have Wing Chun Ancestors Instructions 詠春祖訓, which a lot of good teachers follow.