Rediscovered passion

Looking at the title you could be fooled into thinking I am in love with another , but no just a title for my rekindled affection for Wing Chun.
Since having this latest back injury I have been consistently training the Hunyuan 24 step form despite it giving me a little pain and after discomfort, I don’t think this is the fault of the system but more my own imbalance as I am not walking that well. I decided to look at Wing Chun as my salvation to training and as I knew the three forms of Sil Lum Tao, Chum Kiu and Bil Gee I decided to use them to help me back on the road to recovery. My obvious start point Sil Lum Tao was great as the goat riding stance position helped my back and because it is static no real upsetting of the back, I continued to train it twice sometimes three times a day for a week and saw some improvement in my Sciatica issues, I added Chum Kiu and though cant kick very high managed it relatively pain free, I tried Bil Gee yesterday and it was fine so today i practised all three, and with the help of local clinic feel that I am well on the road to recovery. Training like this has made me realise how much I know and what I had thought forgotten but was there just waiting to be rediscovered. It is not the end of my affair with Wing Chun as I think I will incorporate it into my daily routine always room for improvement and who knows where it will take me.

Unfinished Business

I am 52 years old and been doing Martial Arts, most of that time but I still feel like I have unfinished business another thing to learn a style to try, I watch boxing and think yeah I should go back to it get myself back into boxing shape, just to show that I can? My training with Chu Sifu was about getting rid of ego training in an art to keep that art alive and to be part of a culture and to learn skills that are no longer taught. When I went to Krishna it was like an epiphany in a lot of ways what he was doing and showing sort of made the jigsaw whole for me, it made my Kung Fu better by opening my mind to different concepts and ideas. After illness I started Taiji but not just a mainstream style I wanted to train in a little known and rarer style, so went to Sun Style Taiji and in Dave Martin found a great guy with no ego who just wanted to do the best he could in promoting his chosen style. I am not sure where this blog is going as I write it I just need to get some thoughts down as to why after all this years I still feel I have something to prove to myself? Is it ego? is it vanity to be known as one of the best? or is it just the way I am made? I lost my dad when I was 12 years old and maybe not being able to prove to anyone that I was good at anything, academic has driven me on as I really feel within Martial Arts I have found what I was born to do, I have trained with some of the best guys in the world within their chosen arts and continue to do so when opportunity arises, as I sit here typing I think well I could train the old stuff pick up the sticks again, push myself to new heights physically and mentally, but I don’t want my mind writing cheques my body cant cash, to me that would be detrimental to my development, I think where I am I am meant to be, training in what I should be for my health and well being, I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone who cares to read this but would appreciate any thoughts you have, I have stopped at many crossroads along my Martial path, stumbled and fell many times, been kicked and punched without a blow being thrown, I suppose I have answered my own question, do I have unfinished business?yes, with myself

The value of training

About a week ago I had a stupid avoidable accident where I fell down three stairs and injured my back again! But I had not been training with any consistent frequency due to time restraints etc but what a lame excuse, I would always tell my students that everyone can find 20 minutes a day to practice, and I was not and as a result my injury is taking longer than it should to heal. I was surprised how much I missed the training and the injury was stopping me doing what I really wanted to do and love to do, for the first time today I was able to practice pain free, and it felt great to be able to do the Hunyuan 24 form I think things will improve for me and I need to make note to self, don’t stop training, until you are unable to do what you love for whatever reason you don’t realise how much it means.