Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #219

Face the Problem

Master Tse and Grandmaster Ip Chun

My Sīfú 師父, Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 says, “Everybody gets hit when they study Wing Chun.” This is the truth, when you are studying Wing Chun you must get hit in order to learn not to be hit. Some people who get hit, start to become afraid of doing Chī Sáu 黐手 and so they always keep a big distance, keep stepping back and they are afraid of practicing with certain people. Other people like to hit back as soon as I get it because they are upset at the hit.  Both these situations are not good. Chī Sáu is where you learn and train your Wing Chun skills with your Kung Fu brothers and sisters, of course we should not hit each other hard whilst we are training and just a light touch is the best, but sometimes it is hard to control the amount of energy and you can accidentally hit a little bit too hard. Both side should take it easy and understand this, but trying to avoid getting hit at all is wrong and also just hitting back once you are here it is also wrong. The best thing to do is to go back to the situation where you got hit and find out the way to overcome it as this is how you find the solution to the problem. The best solution is the one which uses less energy to handle it, the worst solution is the one which uses more energy. If you do not know what to do then this is the time you should ask your Sīfú. Facing the problem is the way to study Chī Sáu and is also the way to approach life in general.

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