Watching him work today; the student had learned about 6 movements on the dummy. It was amazing to see the softness and control the student displayed after just 2 lessons. It was, in a word, phenomenal.
He refused to let the student get away with a detail on the first step / turn of the form. The way he taught the correction of the form and how to capture, look, and see a movement in its entirety simultaneously was like witnessing a miracle or having a profound realization.
This is why teaching Wing Chun or Martial Arts in general is both a challenge and at the same time greatly rewarding. If done right it is not just a technique or movement that is being taught. It is shining a light on undiscovered facets within an individual and then bringing that facade outward to the surface.
The surfacing of such an internal change is not always easily noticed and rarely immediate. Often times the input is received in the moment yet the lesson is not learned until one goes through the process and takes the time to replay the experience retrospectively through memory catalyzing that change and bringing it realistically into fruition towards a meaningful shift in future reality and perspective.
Learn to use your body. How it works as a unit. Feel more aware, confident and “in your skin”. Feel more confident and more in control of a situation knowing you have the ability to defend yourself. Learn body anatomy, get the body working all together. Be coordinated. Think for yourself. Be independent. Be confident.
Bruce Lee in an interview said that the people he trained were not looking for a fight; they were seekers of knowledge and that in the end all knowledge is self knowledge. So what are you actually learning in martial art? You are learning about yourself, you are learning about who you are, what you are, what you are capable of and much, much more.