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.
What better venue to learn about and change yourself than martial art??
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.
Here we pride ourselves not only on having well specialized trainers in specific Martial Arts disciplines, focused and competent within their respective fields; we also strive to keep searching, to keep expanding our own horizons, and we encourage our students to do the same. We regularly tell our more dedicated and passionate students to (after a time) go elsewhere, to go learn another style, to go learn something new, to explore the world that is Martial Arts.
While we have much to offer here at our school and can train somebody to high degree in a wide variety of different disciplines for several lifetimes, it is with an open mind that we approach our training and that of our students realizing that we are not the ‘end all – be all’ of Martial Arts training. We recognize that other trainers and schools do have valuable skill-sets and information to pass along to the devoted practitioner that we may not necessarily have.
Recently a student of ours came to us with concerns about his course of study… Read an excerpt below or visit our blog to capture more of our perspective on the matter.
I said, “Look, if you give me 300 life times.. that means I lived and died 299 times.. still I don’t have enough life, enough time, to teach people or to help people teach all that I know.”
For example, a guy comes here and learns Cheng Chuang Long Fist, and then he wants to learn the snake. Fortunately here he can ask that question and… Click Here for the Full Article
The Traditional Dummy Explained
The traditional wooden dummy is a staple in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean martial arts. They do come in various shapes and sizes, but the most prevalent design is 3 arms and 1 leg. The Dummy is especially used in the practice of Wing Chun and is used to practice techniques, build bone density and train sensitivity. To read more about the wooden dummy, its history and its purpose please read more here
Calasanz and Jenifer Lee worked very closely together during the mid 80’s. Recently we have uncovered some old footage taken during a Saturday Night Fight that used to occur weekly here at Calasanz Physical Art. Please follow here to read more.
Calasanz Goes On About Jenifer Lee