Often times when someone starts learning Wing Chun they tend to get stuck with using a technique only one way. What I mean by this is the instructor teaches the student a technique and the student takes that lesson and turns it into their gospel. This scenario happens more times than you may think. Developing your martial art skill is much like learning how to play a musical instrument.
For example we will talk about the guitar for a moment. When a person starts learning how to play the guitar usually they start off learning some basic chords like a G chord D chord and a C chord.
After they become proficient at learning those chords, they will start to experiment with those chords and produce different rhythms and melodies. You would be surprised at just how many songs are produced only using those three chords.
Learning a Wing Chun technique works the same way. After you practice the technique and you are proficient at it. It’s time for you start experimenting with different applications. When I first learned how to use a Jut Sao, my favorite move was to jut my opponents arm down and slip in a strike.
That was until I learned that I could also use a Jut Sao as a weapon strike. Once I learned how to do that effectively, that became my favorite way to use a Jut Sao. Later on I also learned how to use a jutting motion to effect a persons balance. It wasn’t until I learned several different ways to use the technique and practiced all of them that I felt comfortable with the technique.
Now, when I choose to use a Jut Sao, I don’t pick a favorite way, I do what the energy tells me to do. The important thing to remember here that there are many different ways to use Wing Chun techniques. There isn’t a one size fits all. What I mean by this is that you are only limited by your imagination. Don’t get fixated on having to do it this way or that. As long as you are obeying the rules of energy you can use a technique anyway that works for you!
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