This is the third to fourth year of training, and training still never ceases to excite me. What I find most interesting is the coherence and comprehensiveness of the system. When I first looked at the syllabus, I was wondering whether it was all possible. Through these years, I realised how each part builds on each other. How one wing chun hand can be used in longer range fighting, how it can be used in chi sao, and how it can be used in stick body. I also see how learning gradually builds on previous learning. What was practised as set techniques becomes the basis for improvised free form chi sao and gradually moves into a bridge between longer range techniques and closer range fighting. The advantage is you don’t have to memorise many random techniques which don’t tie together. I also see how sets are first taught to understand the moves, then gradually incorporates deeper and deeper levels of application and chi gung methods.
Although I have learned traditional Chinese Martial Arts (bagua, wing chun and northern shaolin) for many years, I always have had difficulty trying to understand what I have been taught. I supposed I have always been slow, inattentive, and a little lazy, but sifu’s teaching has helped me understand a lot of what of I have learnt.
Another worry was whether I would fit in as I was already going to be 50 when I first started. But again there was a process of gradual conditioning, and the friendly atmosphere also reduced quite a lot of the anxiety. Sifu seems to have the knack of explaining just right, not too much so that you will be confused, or think you know when you don’t; nor too little, when you come up with your own interpretations. I am also amazed at how patient he is, because I notice that I have gone through the same mistakes and lessons many times, and yet he never ceases to make it a little clearer. It has been a wonderful time.