Christian Wing Tsun?

Historically, Wing Tsun is not Christian in origin. That should eb absolutely clear to everyone. However, my experience with Wing Tsun and with God has shown me so many parallels that, in  my mind, they should absolutely be explored/

For example: in the Christian faith, there is a "technique" called the "faith-rest drill." As a very brief introduction, suffice it to say that God, through the Bible, has given believers quite a long list of promises that apply in time, right here in our lives, and it is written that these promises can only be appropriated by faith. The point of appropriating these promises is that they lead to a life of perfect peace, of perfect 'rest' (sabbath), and this rest can only be acquired if the believer ceases to chase after his desired happiness in the outer world and stands still so God can do the work inside of him. Hence, the expression "faith-rest".

In Wing Tsun, we have the Siu Nim Tau form that very closely parallels this "rest." It has occurred to me that, in my teaching, I have actually cheated my students by simply rishing through this essential form so we can get to the various drills and movements, the principles behind them, and fighting strategies they lead to, but in the process I have deprived them of this absolutely crucial tool for learning and understanding Wing Tsun that is called the SNT form.

In that form, the third set is called "Saam Pai Fut" or "praying three times to Buddha." Now, leaving aside for the moment the apparent discrepancy that comes from talking Buddhism while talking Christianity, the Saan Pai Fut training offers something very, very similar to the faith-rest drill in Christianity.

In Saam Pai Fut (the part that begins with central taan sau, goes through huen sau to wu sau and then does three cycles of fook, huen, wu), you learn to relax while under pressure. The pressure comes from the adduction between your upper thighs during "Yee Chi Kim Yeung Ma" and the extreme "Sau jong" position of your non-moving arm.

During this sequence of movements, if you practice them slow enough, you will come to know your body very, very well. You will feel pain, discomfort, and tension in all kinds of body parts as you slowly, very slowly cycle through these movements. Your breathing may become labored, or it may cease at times. You will start to sweat. Your feet will get crampy, your knees will shake, and you may come to the point where you will wish you had never started Wing Tsun training in the first place.

Yet, in all of this, it is best to not get too ambitious about anything. It is best to go through this sequence with an open-minded, accepting attitude that merely observes what is happening to your body and to your mind while you are undergoing this daily testing. In other words, the gola of the training is to develop the ability to come to a "point of rest" in your mind, body, and in your whole being while being and staying under severe pressure physically.

That's exactly what the faith-rest drill is supposed to open up for you in Christian faith practice. The world we live in provides very similar kinds of frustrations, discomforts, cahes and pains, and distractions, and God's offer to you is to develop the ability, through His power, to be spiritually perfectly at ease and at rest while going through them

There are many, many more parallels between Wing Tsun practice, Buddhist practice, and Christian faith-practice. Far too many of them to count them here or to even begin discussing them in any intelligent way, but this example is very eye-opening, if you ask me.

My Wing Tsun school will not become a church. Don't worry about that. You will not be set upon by a bunch of crazed believers and their sifu. I promise you that. But it also wouldn't be right to exclude the main focus of my life (or at least what ought to be its main focus) from what and how I teach Wing Tsun, which is the next main focus. Basically, I am just being open and honest with you, my potential new student, about who I am and what I am about. Naturally, this will show itself here and there in how I teach Wing Tsun. If you are open to that, you are welcome to join us.