"Kung Fu Wing Chun - The Science of In-Fighting" is a 1982 documentary starring Wong Shun Leung who’s claim to fame is being a student of Yip Man and being credited as the man that taught Bruce Lee.
The documentary is a nice little introduction to the concepts of Wing Chun although it does suffer from having added sound effects. but that’s made tolerable by the seriously fresh soundtrack. It’s also a nice little testament to the fact that Wing Chun was somewhat popular even before “Ip Man” came out. There was a small pocket of cinema focusing on Wing Chun in 80’s, although it seems to have lost its momentum somewhat in the 90’s.
Whether your kid is too bossy, too shy, or perhaps a little hyper, the martial arts can help your child learn many important life lessons. (And those same lessons apply for all of us, not just kids.)
Reason #7: They’ll Learn to Breathe
Of the many things I have learned in the martial arts and boxing, breathing is near the top. Back in my kung fu days, Sifu told me that he could tell how someone fights just by observing how he or she breathes. Indeed, nothing is more essential to the success of how we move our body then tapping into the life force of our essence - our breath. Ask a professional athlete, or an actor, dancer, or signer, and they will tell you that to succeed in any physical craft is to access your breath correctly. I am shocked at times working with adults who never learned to breathe properly when under physical exertion. This skill can literally save your life. In the martial arts your kid will learn the essence of how to breathe and even relax under pressure.
Maybe not every academy does this, but in our gym people bow when they get on and off the mat. It may seem silly to many, especially to beginners, but there really is a point and purpose behind the…
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Reigi is an essential component of Japanese martial arts. The rituals go beyond respect. They also serve as a self-reminder of how to compose and comport yourself in training and, as etiquette in general does, they serve as a social lubricant in potentially fraught situations.