What level do you wish to achieve? To become good at something requires some sacrifice. If you miss class when it's too cold out or too hot or too nice out or you're too tired or too busy then you will lack the momentum to carry you forward past the distractions. To master these skills you must be focused and committed enough to overcome the obstacles that will arise.
Only when you have learned the correct positions and motions may I teach you how to use the positions. If you are still struggling just to get the position then your use of the position will not be performed well.It's important to be patient and learn correctly in the beginning. It's difficult to have to go back and do it over.
If you only think of trying to fight in the beginning then you will develop bad habits and resistance rather than flowing with and controlling forces. Sensitivity, balances, distance, timing and precise control; by developing these elements you can creatively and skillfully defend or attack with the least amount of effort.
If you don't care much about your training then don't expect your sifu or classmates to either. If you want your sifu to be inspired to teach you then you must demonstrate focus, effort and dedication.
Each student is expected to foster a respectful attitude towards fellow students and the training atmosphere. Everyone helps each other along the path. Do not be a hindrance to the teacher. Keep idle chatter to a minimum.
Keeping a good attitude is very helpful to the entire class. If your partner trains incorrectly because he doesn't understand something, don't let it disturb you. Every one is there to learn. Try to explain it to them. Just keep in mind that they can only understand up to a certain level corresponding to their level of achievement. Don't rush them and expect them to perform at a level beyond their capacity. Let them mature at their own pace. You'll find that you can only practice certain things with certain level students.You help the lower students to advance and you eventually have higher quality partners with which to train. You help each other.
The path is often confusing. When I made mistakes they were not always analyzed for me. I found that I was taught some conflicting things. I had to figure some important things out for myself. This is an aspect that makes each student AND each teacher differ in their in their comprehension and facility of the art.
Different things are true at various stages of your training. What was once true for you at a particular time of training becomes replaced by something else later as you progress.
A simple approach is adhered to, to help lay the foundation. As you develop further the approach will change, applying different methods. All true, but useful at different stages, to help you to learn.
Much of the training is problem solving. Instantaneous problem solving!Each little detail of the forms and drills is offering you something that you will need if you wish to acquire full use of the high level skills in Wing Chun.
The nature of the art requires much contact. If your name is Ed Norton and you work in the sewer, please take a bath before class. And don't forget to wash behind your ears. You've always been told to cover your mouth when you cough. Forget that. Do not cough or sneeze on your hands and then offer them to your partner for training. Turn around and cough toward the floor. Particularly in cold and flu season.
You may find it helpful to keep a notebook detailing your training, the material covered, the insights gained and any questions that you encounter. Sometimes you are not quite ready to assimilate a bit of information at the time but logging it down for future reference may help you to fit pieces of the puzzle together upon a subsequent reading over of your notes.
Sifu Ken Harnish