Someone is in your face. Their voice gets harsh and yours gets shrill. Your hands clench. You feel your blood pressure rise. It looks like a fight is imminent, but this is not the mood to fight with.

‘Haste makes waste’, they say. In the heat of the moment, we get rash. We get sloppy. Worst of all, you may be fighting over nothing more than a spilled beer or a few choice words.

Unwind. Relax. Let it go. There are greater, more valued causes. Defend your family and friends. Defend yourself. Do not jump into unnecessary conflict. What does it prove? Is a broken tooth better than a spilled drink or a dry cleaning bill? Unwind the problem. Unclench your fists. Take the volume down. Take stock. Check yourself and the situation. It probably isn’t worth it.

Moreover, if the fight is coming to you, if you cannot unwind it, you better be unwound yourself. Wing Chun does not work when you are tensed up. Being relaxed is required for speed and flow. Your best responses comes when you are relaxed.

It’s Wing Chun – Relax.


About Sifu

I teach Wing Chun, both traditional and practical, at KDA Karate Academy. I have a Bachelor of Media Arts degree from USC. I have been an Audio Producer / Engineer, a Law Office Manager. In addition to being a Martial Arts Instructor, I am an author. My new book, "Astro Boy, Sensei, and Me" is available now, as is my Sci-Fi joy ride, "On a Sphere's Edge".

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