Let’s be honest…
There’s ZERO money in Wing Chun to warrant the investment of time and energy into functional training for Kung Fu. Specifically Wing Chun.
Compared with the millions invested in Olympic sports, athletics, football, basketball etc.
There’s zero money and a lot of the “so-called” scientific work allegedly backed up by physics is wooly to say the least.
Let’s talk about how the force of your punch is equal to mass x acceleration. Trust me, there’s a lot more going on in a punch that just mass x acceleration. And if you’ve seen a Tai Chi Master send someone across the room with fa-jing then you’ll know exactly what I mean.
Of course I’m not saying physics don’t apply… that’d be stupid. But I am saying, there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye.
So what are we supposed to do?
Unfortunately we have to piggy back the big-money sports and follow the coaches paid thousands to attend, train and help main-stream sports athletes hit it into the big time. Score their sponsorship deals, sell tickets and win trophies.
I’ve recently discovered Mike Boyle who is in the “who’s who” of coaching, conditioning and (my interest) — Functional Training for Sports (the title of his book).
On the outside, it’s pretty nondescript, it’s not particularly sexy looking but on the inside it’s a really nice mix of training for the entire body. And — of course — all built around functionality.
Or what the cheesy folk call “Go muscle, not show muscle“. Or training with a purpose which, for us, is to improve our Wing Chun.
At a glance, it’s a collection of exercises. When you start to read it, there’s a whole lot more to it. From assessing your functional strength (you need to know where you are NOW if you want to make and monitor improvements) through to designing your own program.
This is the kind of book we (Wing Chun students) need to be reading, absorbing and applying. No gimmicks, no silly terminology. Mike Boyle has testimonials coming out of his ears from pro-hockey, baseball, basketball, football, soccer and wrestling competitors.
Combining exercises that show you what to do, with a decent amount of text so you understand why you’re doing the exercise — I can see this becoming my new favorite training resource.