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Are you a fast car?

In Malaysia and Hong Kong, the movie Ip Man 3 has been released. For the uninitiated, the late Grandmaster Ip Man, wingchun kungfu expert taught many students, including the late Bruce Lee. Anyway, being an action movie, expect some bone crunching action. In Ip Man 3, Mike Tyson boxing powerhouse fights the protagonist.

Yeah, what’s with the ‘fast car’ title?

An excerpt from an Inside Kungfu magazine has this to say:

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what Grandmaster Hawkins Cheung intended to reiterate was that there was an alternative to being a big (fast) car. Imagine driving a Ferrari, the car can literally fly.

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The late Bruce Lee had exceptionally fast reflexes and was able to explode and punch/ kick extremely quickly. Grandmaster Hawkins contention was that there is an alternative (sensitivity) – the ability to sense (and in his words “shut off the opponent’s engine). This sensitivity is trained through wingchun’s sticky hands (chisau) exercise, and other arts such as taichi have push hands to develop this sensitivity.

You may say all this sensitivity training is mysterious nonsense. Take a following look at a ┬átaichi master, being able to unbalance and ‘lift’ someone up.

Quite impressive I would say, and he did it with less effort than say, a kettlebell guru who practises the human turkish getup such as this:

Conclusion:

  1. There are probably alternative, less tiresome ways to develop ‘strength’ and ‘power’ to carry people without having to do work on core strength. Part of this includes redirection of force, sensitivity to detect when someone is off balance, etc.
  2. Raw power and speed can do real damage (watch the Ip Man3 movie and news reports) – think Mike Tyson, the late Bruce Lee, present day mma fighters, etc. This fact cannot be denied.
  3. It’s worth adding some sensitivity training. Grandmaster Hawkins article adds that how big is your car and compared to who? Translation: you’re fast, but compared to who? Why not add some sensitivity training. You gotta watch this:

I hear you guys asking… how is sensitivity training relevant to ordinary folks who don’t do martial arts? Well, the more AWARE you are about your body position and what you are doing equals better posture, less STRAIN on your body, less stiffness and injury. There are many non-martial arts stuff that you can try to increase awareness. How about walking with your eyes closed (do this in your own room!)? You can also try many other things such as Feldenkrais :