programme talk Freeing yourself from force - teaching ideas.

Freeing yourself from force is one of the core aspects of traditional wing tsun. No matter how well you can memorise the programmes, shapes and movements involved in wing tsun books and booklets. If you unable to cary out what the syllabus is trying to teach you through the exercises, you have not learnt wing tsun. Just ticked imaginary grades off a check list your teacher gave you.

Freeing yourself from force is one of the core aspects of traditional wing tsun. No matter how well you can memorise the programmes, shapes and movements involved in wing tsun books and booklets. If you unable to cary out what the syllabus is trying to teach you through the exercises, you have not learnt wing tsun. Just ticked imaginary grades off a check list your teacher gave you.

This is why important the teacher explains the reasons and purposes of the drills and exercises given to the students, and the students practise them as much as they can with that purpose in mind.

Why i mention this in relation to ‘freeing yourself from force’ is that to be able to relax your body and free yourself from the force and tension of an opponent, in a class environment - let alone a fight, Is a extremely difficult thing to do. Even within big wing chun/tsun martial art organisations who are successful internationally, every sifu i have visited teaches complex ideas like ‘freeing yourself from force’ completely differently than another teacher even in the same city.

However what i have come to understand is that the key to having a student develop technique or movement you want to teach does not come from the technique itself, but the way you explain it. You must be able to explain:

1. why you are teaching it and in what purpose is serves the student.

2. What the idea of the technique (especially an idea rather than a technique like ‘freeing yourself from force’) will change in your martial art or wing tsun

3. To be able to see through the teacher in demonstration either with the student himself or another student what constant training that student may be able to accomplish with the idea or technique.

Now it goes without saying not every technique of little idea needs to come with a 500 page long essay explanation and a power point presentation. But core aspects and ideas that come at the root of any martial at cannot just be taught through the drills and techniques themselves. They need to be shown or present in a way that the student can create their own idea of what this core aspect is and be able to nurture it themselves to be able to progress to the next level in their martial arts training.

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