“You cannot learn wing chun properly from watching someone else – it MUST come from within you! Your experience of success and failure (the latter especially) is essential for your development and progression; it will come from nothing else.
“Reading the books and watching tv won’t change that; they can give you ideas but in the end, only participation in class and training with others will get you where you want to go. Remember the words, “kung fu” – translated from Chinese, means “hard work”.
“It’s also like they say, if you want green grass, then water your own lawn!” – Sifu Dana Wong
I found Sifu’s quote today, which was written originally in 2012, means even more today. A combination of improved technology, Covid-19, and a slow bleeding shift to an “instant gratification” mindset (eg we complain the computer is too slow, phone too slow, won’t wait for information so will look it up… we need everything NOW) – we need to remind ourselves that learning a martial art is to do it. “To know and not to do is not yet to know,” – get to class.
Participate. Ensure your cup isn’t already full (the most common term for someone whose cup is full; “I know”). Put in the “hard work” & don’t substitute for an online alternative.