Any beginner is bound to struggle at first, with learning new material. It is true of any new activity. I have a question for you. Does the struggle have to do with just learning your new movements or does it partly have to do with your ability?

Regardless of athletic skills or physical learning abilities, anybody can learn Wing Tsun movements. Practice begets insight. Insight begets solutions.

Through your training you can find out a lot about how your own mind works. What is it going to take to get through a training session? What is it going to take to learn this specific movement? What mental tricks can I use to find the right movement paths. When the movement starts to become second nature, you will have learned a lot about yourself that you might not have learned in an academic setting. Later, you continue to learn even more about yourself. You learn how you stand up to attacks in the context of safe in-school drills, how you recover from intense exercise, where the weak points are in your body when subjected to exercise, and how coordinated you are.

The common pursuits taking up your time today are job training, college courses, exercise gyms and courses, outdoor exercise, and competition. None of these are concerned with learning scientific applications of the skill of self-defense. Even those that present self-defense courses just teach pre-programmed movements. “A” will attack “B.”  “B” defends in this prescribed way. Everybody is taught the same, regardless of individual differences.

Wing Tsun training then becomes more than about self-defense or fighting against an enemy. It becomes the fight within yourself to develop a more well-rounded human being.

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg