Many of the students attending the Train with the Masters Wing Chun Seminar focused on the big things. It is quite understandable. What is the pattern the instructor is demonstrating? Left hand, then right, then left and left again, and so on. The beginner learns this way.
For the old-timers, it is the little things. We have seen that drill before. We know the pattern. However, we look for small details. Where are Sifu’s fingers pointing? Notice the extent, or lack thereof, of his reach, the small but important details that change the energy entirely.
At seminars like that, I enjoy the opportunity to work with all levels. I was fortunate to get a few hands on moments with Sifu Fong. I always learn more from him through his touch than from the demonstrations or words.
At this past TWTM, it happened that a young woman was attending who had never trained Wing Chun before, though she did have some BJJ experience. She was drawn toward the KDA Wing Chun group as we had two women about her size. As such, I spent some time with her as well.
For me, this provided the entire gambit of experience. Working with the young lady, the focus was on the large movements – the answers to What, When, and Where. Working with Sifu Fong provided answers the two the more subtle details, yet most important questions – Why and How.
It takes both, the big things, and the little ones.