In 2011, Snake, who was one of my Wing Chun brothers training in Hong Kong under the tutelage of Sigung Chu Shong Tin, started a private Facebook chat group with most of the other foreigners who were living there permanently.
It was quite amazing that so many young guys from around the world had upended their lives to come and train full-time with this one man, Sigung Chu.
Sigung Chu was also a master of calligraphy.
One night, randomly, he spent an hour or so writing different things. The gift he gave me in the photo says, “Thought-force showing up,” or “Thought-force emerging.”
What he was teaching – to entice thought-force in all of us – meant we were standing still performing very slow arm movements for hours on end every day.
Wing Chun practitioners know this as the 1st form, Siu Nim Tao.
But even the 2nd form, Chum Kiu, and the 3rd form, Biu Jee, which involve different kinds of pivoting and stepping, can be done slowly with deliberate practice.
This is also true for the partner exercise, Chi Sau (sticking hands) – the slower, more controlled version is called Luk Sau (rolling hands).
Anyway, Snake thought it would be a good idea for all of us to get some thoughts down in the written form as a way to pool our collective perspectives on Wing Chun training methods.
Also, for each of us to gain more clarity on our own path.
I happily obliged.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, out of the 10 or so people in the group, Snake was the only other who shared anything.
Maybe a bit of a missed opportunity for all involved.
Nevertheless, for any Wing Chun brothers & sisters who would like a different Wing Chun training perspective, just enter your name & email address below and you can download a copy of the 8-page essay I shared to the private group on 20th July, 2011: