Wing Tsun Philosophy
Wing Tsun Philosophy
The Chinese practice of the art of Wing Tsun Kung-Fu was explained as a philosophy of living by its practitioners in times past.
At its highest stage, Wing Tsun instructs you in understanding yourself as well as your interrelationships with your fellow humans. Wing Tsun, uses a combination of Buddhism, Taoist, and Confucian principles, in teaching manners and etiquette. His goal is aimed at people who practice these important ideals. These philosophies include true appreciation of honor, loyalty, dignity and respect for other human beings, as well as control over ego, emotion and temper. You will never be able to master yourself, or the art of Wing Tsun, without these, as these two go hand in hand.
The art is regarded as the noble wing tsun because of these unique characteristics. The ultimate aim of Wing Tsun, is the development of the student. In fact, 'Si-Fu' translates as 'Father-Teacher', signifying the role of the Master as he takes on the responsibility of his 'todai' (son).. This is different than other martial art forms, like karate where the term sensei means teacher.
Wing Tsun encompasses three things: Physical, Health, and Spiritual. It’s regrettably infrequent to find schools to teach these three together. One can mimic aspects of a physical nature, but to enhance spiritual growth a true master is required. An important teaching in Wing Tsun is that a student's persona will develop as the student develops his or her physical techniques.
You simply need to understand the teachings of previous and current masters of the system. To truly comprehend the Martial Art does not require you to be or become Chinese. You need to appreciate the history and the social background to it, for this to be possible. Properly learning the martial art is important before changing any part of it, as to not undermine the basic foundations.
If you take away the culture then you take away the history.
Excluding martial arts history minimises the amount of knowledge you acquire. What you saw was just a series of moves which neither has any understanding nor any principles. This is not real martial art.
If you wished to study for instance the humanities or even law than this need to understand the Martial Art as a whole is no different. Hilaire Barnett made it well known in her book, Constitutional And Administrative Law, that her goal and point was that it is necessary to study all aspects of the government and the constitution and find things that aren't understood and to study them. The things that should be studied include history, politics, and political philosophy.