Last month I finally started going back to wing chun. Aside from taking my son to flag football practice on Thursdays, I went every night that I could. Sifu has started teaching the style in a whole new way too: he is working on getting people to refine everything, getting the basics of the system down. That means he teaches Sil Lum Tao and Chum Kiu. If he ever decides to show you Biu Jee, consider yourself a truly gifted student.
This works wonders for me because I used to get so frustrated at home, trying to figure out what needed to be worked on. Now it is simple: I work on Sil Lum Tao at home, with a specific focus on something know as “elbow energy.” (More on that later.) Then in class, I work on single hand chi so with my classmates.
My goal now is to develop the best elbow energy in the school. I don’t think about anything other than nailing that elbow. In the past I used to rush through Sil Lum Tao so I could get to the “cooler” forms, but now it is the only one I do.
If I could get that elbow energy solid, then I could move on to Chum Kiu and the main problem I face there: maintaining a good adducted stance, even when I pivot.