Training at Home:
- First, state to your friends (and yourself) out loud that your WingTsun™ training is important to you and “please do not interrupt my training unless the house is on fire.”
- Find a place apart from the rest of the house in a room, a basement, an attic, a rec room, or a porch that you can use as a make-shift training area. Because you are training in WingTsun, it doesn’t have to be glamorous or big.
- Do some simple exercises first and take a few breaks. One suggestion is to begin with the Siu Nim Tau, then progress onto more difficult techniques.
- Get a copy of my ten minute WingTsun training. Ask your instructor.
- Music may be an acceptable accompaniment depending on the pace of the music. Too fast and you can get sloppy. Too slow and it could be boring, sleep-inducing.
Training with Partners:
- Partners are great for exchanging information and getting more constructive training time outside of class, as well as moral support.
- Recruit a friend that can learn enough to catch up to you or at least come within 2 ranks of you. You can help him or her with their lower level techniques and sooner than you think, he or she becomes a good training partner! It is a win-win because they get an outside training source as well.
- Getting some equipment can pay great dividends. Just a large mirror can make a night and day difference in one’s training progress and simulates our training halls, also a great mental boost. Some simple decorations such as photos or Chinese scrolls can help you get in the mood and designates your area (even if it is a 5 foot by 5 foot area!) as a WingTsun training area.
- A wall bag can be properly installed. Once you reach 2nd student grade, it is time to start wall-bag training. You can tie a bag around a tree in the park or install one at your house either with a stand-alone unit or against a block wall.
- If you have a partner, get a chest protector or a hand target of some kind for punching. I recommend the Wingtsun chest protector or a leather focus mitt.
Last but not least, make the training an important aspect of your life somewhere in the upper pecking order on par with making a living and eating. As long as it takes a lower fourth or fifth place in your life, your body and mind are going to show it.
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