Okay, folks, are we ready to get back to a day of strictly wing chun training? I knew you were!
I am really on the fence about how I am going to do the shadow boxing thing. Sifu London told me to imagine being attacked and how I would respond, executing the moves slowly at first and then repeating at full speed.
The thing is, I don’t know how long I can imagine people attacking me without getting repetitious. At first I thought, “Well, I try for three minutes…the length of a boxing round.” Then it dawned on me that I might not be able to imagine being attacked for that long for even ONE round, let alone two.
My decision for now is that I will try to imagine being attacked for at least one minute at a time, whether I am doing my techniques slow or fast. If I can pull it off, great. If not, then I will replace this activity with something else. (In fact, I already have an idea for that: once I get my wooden dummy with portable base made, I can do five 3-minute rounds on the dummy, hitting it as hard and fast as I can to get my heart pumping and achieve a mini-cardio workout.)
Then again, maybe I am being too hard on myself for thinking I won’t be able to imagine a wide variety of attacks. After all, there are two things at work here: (1) Not only are there a limited number of ways in which one human being can attack another, but (2) if you analyze enough fights, you will see that the majority of them start in a similar way. It’s not like I have to imagine being attacked by a Muay Thai fighter or a Tae Kwon Do practitioner. Just imagining good old fashioned down and dirty street tactics should suffice.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS PART OF MY TRAINING? PLEASE COMMENT BELOW AND SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS!!!