Balance can be split into three aspects. There is balance on a physical basis as in stability, there is balance in terms of equivalence, (ambidexterity and potentiality), and there is balance as in harmonise, regulating the relationship between mind and body.
Physically, Wing Chun practice works to foster a heightened degree of stability with regard to your bodies working parts and your connection to the ground. The most dangerous time for a human being when engaging in combat, is when he loses physical balance.
The biggest risk would be falling to the floor and hitting your head. Wing Chun helps you to master proprioception (a strong sense of where your body, centre of mass and balance lie in time and space) so timely corrections can be made and safety maintained through a variety of movements and positions.
Wing Chun has equal requirements of both left & right sides. The process of learning Wing Chun promotes ambidexterity so left and right sides can operate simultaneously, cooperatively and equivalently. Cohesion within the joint system on left and right sides is also of importance to aid connectivity between the arms, the legs, and the floor, regulating posture and power. When mastered, this can be viewed as the body working optimally, as well as you gaining the ability to carry yourself functionally through time and space.
Utilising good postural habits aids the practice of combat, as well as operating as an injury preventative in all life tasks from walking, pulling, pushing, lifting, and carrying. Old people in Martial Arts are often perceived as fit and agile. Wing Chun offers you the tools to meet maturity with both grace, confidence and good health.
Wing Chun is a deep practice because it encompasses so many individual strengths working cohesively to a single aim. It is both a mental and physical puzzle.
A number of activities are often promoted as benefiting mind and body. After a short time practicing Wing Chun, you will definitely identify this practice as being both a physical and mental work out, enhancing the synergy that operates between brain and body. This is a guarantee.
Posture has been touched on above and is necessary for maintaining the health and function of the body as a whole. Viewed as an attribute and skill in its own right, posture carries deeper importance pertaining to a broader connection to the floor as a basis for power production. Posture and balance are inseparable and allow the body to work to its strengths against pressure from outside forces (pushing/pulling/punching/compressing).
Learning to work with pressure and gravity as much as we can, as opposed to adopting postures and movement that overly exert against it, is a skill in its self, and a dedicated focus at this school.
A healthy body is a moving body. Every human being should engage in physical activity, if only to offset the time we spend sat at desks or hunched over machinery. It is massively rewarding to pass free time on an activity that benefits our health and well-being.
Physical exercise has a direct effect on the bodies hormonal output creating a natural high. Practising Wing Chun diminishes stress and anxiety, relieving aches and pains as the body comes into balance and strengthens its self.
These are some of the benefits you will experience with daily Wing Chun practice. So much upset and medication could be avoided, if individuals used physical activity on a regular basis to increase their health, improving their strengths and perception of self.
If you are goal oriented, (and there are set levels to be attained and Mastered in Wing Chun Kung Fu), Martial Arts is an excellent pastime. Working as a team will always get you to a goal quicker than working as an individual. Senior students are on hand to assist juniors, juniors are around to assist new-comers, Sifu John is around to assist everyone!
There are set teaching roles ascribed to senior students who operate as excellent coaches in their own right, based on their individual competences and strengths. The power of team work is the shared knowledge and support of the group which works to uplift all members as dedicated participants. As a result, everybody becomes skillful, and everybody is aware of their importance to the whole. Everybody improves with an integral focus to becoming the best they can be – with the help of their teammates (obviously).
Learning Wing Chun is like learning to play a musical instrument – the more you practice, the better you become. You are only bound by your knowledge base, your technical regime, and the time you donate to practice. Obviously to begin with, the teacher is responsible for these things, therefore, the teacher is the most important factor in your potential to obtain a degree of self-mastery inside any Martial Art. In the right school, Wing Chun offers you unlimited progression, it is a practice that can remain fresh for a lifetime.
Regular transfer of information and a practical physical focus, should operate to stimulate your interest and elevate your personal performance session by session. As Wing Chun is a practice that uses the sense of touch as a guidance mechanism, a knowledgeable group of hard working practitioners is also important so that you may increase your skillset via exchange. The strength of the group and your relationships within that group will always strengthen you and refine your skill and progress. As long as you donate time to practice you will always be changing and improving. Warrington Martial Arts Studio has many dedicated practitioners from all over the country, many of whom were practicing Wing Chun at a different location before adopting Warrington as their home. There is a wealth of experience on the ground here, most importantly, people who have gone through a major refinement process at Warrington to rid themselves of dangerous or inappropriate habits relating to their training and fighting skill. Because of this, similar mistakes in new students can be easily identified and eradicated, so that the student may improve quickly, confidently, and intelligently.
Learn How You Function – The Wing Chun System is concerned with ceasing violence (with violence), in the shortest possible timeframe. Efficiency is top of the agenda. Wing Chun therefore is governed by a set of principles and concepts which operate as a guideline for movement and choices, to enable the user to realise the most economical way to solve a violent problem.
It draws on geometry, mathematics, and physics to do this as it is primarily concerned with physical truths that pertain to the human body regarding force, movement, fortification, time, space, and energy. These ideas are utilised mentally and physically to aid in the development of focus, timely selection, modification and change, speed, power, balance, precision and efficiency. Wing Chun’s fighting capacity is hinged on the dissemination, comprehension, and physical embodiment of these guidelines, so it is appropriate to invest in a teacher knowledgeable in these aspects, and a drill regime that is underpinned by these ideas as the guiding theme.
At Warrington Martial Arts Studio, there is continuity between the open hand forms, the drill work, the sticky hand (chi sau) work, the pressurised contact work, and the weapon work, where these principles and concepts are applied to human movement contextually – their nature, their function, their attributable importance, and their relevance from situation to situation. One of the themes within this set of principles is body mechanics, knowing how to position and modify a moving body to bring about the most powerful or economical result. When taking this idea and applying it to human movement (and all the permutations across a ‘fight specific/random chaotic’ event), body mechanics becomes a very deep subject.
This context specific knowledge, is the cornerstone of success or failure in using a system like Wing Chun as you must move spontaneously in tandem and in touch with another moving body until you have completed your task. At a very basic level, knowing how to unify and align aspects of your body to produce postural integrity and strength, carry across into every aspect of your life: standing, sitting, walking, twisting, jumping, lifting, carrying are all enhanced by this knowledge and practice, helping you in your day to day, as an injury preventative, as a daily meditation, as a mechanism for confidence, as a way to age gracefully and empowered.
Wing Chun is a great leveller for smaller practitioners. Employing the Wing Chun concepts and principles enables a person of smaller stature to ‘level the playing field’ because they are not reliant on weight, reach, height, or swing for power production.
If we assume that most aggressors would be either our size or larger, there are massive advantages to be had by the smaller individual, or female individuals in learning this system. Big individuals also benefit from technical prowess and precision skill, all massively achievable, but seldom ascribed to larger people.