If you are “in to” martial arts or words of wisdom, then you probably have come across the phrase:
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
You don’t have to be a martial artist to know a Bruce Lee quote when you read one. But the emphasis on effort and not outcome really stand out in the above quote for me.
Aside from a martial artist, and actor, Bruce Lee was a philosopher. His words of wisdom make you think.
So, learning martial arts has no outcome?
On the contrary, the outcome of learning a martial art, like Wing Chun will have many positive outcomes, but to only focus on the outcome you will miss the fun of learning a new skill.
If you look at children learning a martial discipline, the following “outcomes” can come from their efforts:
- A better well-rounded person
- Enhanced life-skills (Learning to place emphasis on their values and attitudes)
- Increased self-confidence
- Understanding effort and reward
- Improved focus and determination
- Teamwork and getting on with others
- Respect for others and self
- Being a role model for younger ones
The list can go on and on. Wing Chun employs techniques that build strength, endurance, posture, balance, and coordination.
And the Adults?
Adults that come to learn a new martial art like Wing Chun either come to train because they have a martial arts or military/police background, or they have never trained in the arts at all, a real “opposite ends of the scale” mixture of students.
As a side note, depending on the age of the student the martial arts learned prior to taking up Wing Chun is usually Kickboxing, Muay Thai or Lau Gar Kung Fu.
Younger adults usually come from an MMA or Taekwondo background.
As an adult, the reasons for starting a martial art really vary
• Improved self-confidence
• Physical conditioning
• Street awareness
• Making new friends
• Need something new to do
• And even because they watched the IP Man movies and wanted to fight 10 black belts 🙂
Whatever the motivation for wanting to learn Wing Chun to focus on the effort in class and not the outcome takes you a long way on your martial arts journey.
If you would like to find out more the Halesowen Wing Chun School offer both Adult and Children classes. To book a free taster lesson or to enquire please get in touch and make a start.
Call or text SiFu Alan Bagley on 07821 126 685