Wing Tchun Do 4 Power Principles
2) Free yourself from your enemy’s power
3) Learn to use the power of your enemy
4) Add Your Own Force
The first principle; Free yourself from your own power A WingTchunDo fighter, needs to free himself from his own power. His strength, attitude, ego and emotions will detour a WTD fighter from his true power. Strength; there are two types of strength, muscular strength and endurance strength. Muscular strength is the amount of force a muscle can produce with a single maximum effort. Endurance strength is the ability to hold or repeat a muscular contraction for a long time. Both need to be free of tension to achieve maximum effort. It’s important to accept that you are not the strongest and there will be times where your enemy is the stronger. Wasting energy by trying to overpower a stronger enemy is foolish. Attitude; attitude makes an enormous difference to how you perceive combat. Attitude is a powerful thing and you can leave a lasting impression on your enemy for good or for bad. So it’s incredibly valuable to know how to project a positive attitude and be aware of what subtle messages your attitude conveys to your enemy. Ego; ego is the most difficult, there are two types of ego. Ego orientation: Fighting because you want to be the winner.Task orientation: Fighting because you enjoy being the best by improving your own personal best performances. You can have both kinds of motivation but it's best to be high in both ego and task orientation or low in ego and high in task orientation. People with these types of motivation work hard at winning and do not give up when things are not working out. People who are high in ego orientation and low in task orientation do not always succeed and may give up when they are no longer winning. The wrong ego type will cause mass amount of tension in the body. If you have a ‘fight with yourself’ you’re trying to justify yourself to your ego and convince it you aren’t this person. If you don’t have these fears, you don’t have doubts and you really are capable. Your ego loves this because it will trick you into thinking that you can win the fight, but as the fight begins the tension in the body steals your power. Emotions, success as a fighter is often incorrectly associated with vigor and anger. Emotionally enlighten Wing Tchun Do fighters can get themselves into the appropriate emotional states for the demands of the situation. If the situation requires high arousal, emotionally enlighten people are good at getting themselves psyched up and prepared. Equally, if the situation requires calmness, emotionally enlighten WingTchunDo fighters are good at relaxing themselves. WingTchunDo fighters that perform in the zone effectively regulate their emotions. I think what I am saying here is that we need to free one’s self from one’s self. In realizing your are not the strongest, attitude affects you as well as your enemy and our ‘dark side’ is ego, our ‘light side’ is true self and emotion must be trained to regulate itself. Only then can a WTD fighter truly be free from his own power. If you truly want to change your life, you must first change your mind. This will free yourself from the restrictive thinking that holds you back.
The second principle; Free yourself from your enemy’s power
A WingTchunDo fighter, knows that when an enemy wants to use strength to overpower, the response is not to try to overcome strength with strength but to nullify or disperse his energy. Don't counterattack but control his movements. Most fighters do the mistake of responding back to threats without thinking, acting on emotions and as a result they find themselves stuck in a corner with few options. Instead of doing so you must be the one who forces your enemy to do the things that you want him to do. For example if you knew that your enemy was present then instead of waiting until he attacks you, you should surprise him by taking the first move and doing so forces the enemy to be in the defensive side. Don't get me wrong I am not saying to attack him because you fear him or the outcome but just approaching him with confidence and showing him that you know who the enemy is. That this circumstance does not rattle you. This alone may be enough to force him to hesitate. Sometimes creating a perception of power in the eyes of your enemy, like acting as if you know the outcome can be enough to cause him to hesitate. This moment of hesitation, stealing your enemy’s power from him by directly confronting his power physically and mentally. Dispersing what ever power confronts you with relaxation and not tension is the key to freeing yourself from your enemy.You are not in competition with anybody except yourself; plan to out do your past not the enemy.
The third principle; Learn to use the power of your enemy
A WingTchunDo fighter knows there are numerous methods for acquiring power.The more powerful you become the less room you give your enemy to work against you ( like jamming your enemy’s arm, leg and or body). With this in mind take advantage of the force your enemy gives you by recycling his energy back at him. If the enemy pulls you toward him, use that energy as part of your attack. Or if an enemy attacks you to the right side of your body, you can use the spiral energy of your spine to act as a revolving door thus using your enemy’s power to attack with your left arm and so forth. I believe if you have two good options, always go with the one that scares you the most, because that’s the one that’s going to help you grow as a WTD fighter. Don’t worry about what you can’t control and you may liberate yourself for your enemy. People of average ability often achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. WTD fighters succeed simply because they use the power of his enemy
The fourth principle; Add Your Own Force
A WingTchunDo fighter, in addition to borrowing power from his attacker, can add additional force in an attack when the hand, foot or body is free. When a spring loaded door is open it has stored elastic energy. The same can be found in arrow stepping (where the body creates a arch) or spiral elastic energy (where each end of the spine turn opposite of each other) In reality you can say that both of these motion create stored elastic energy.
In Greek mythology, Antaeus was the son of Poseidon and Gaia. He would challenge all passers-by to wrestling matches, kill them, and collect their skulls. He received his super-strength from his contact with the earth. He challenged Heracles and was beating him when Heracles discovered that Antaeus weakened when he was lifted off the ground; holding Antaeus in the air, Heracles crushed him in a bear-hug. In this fashion Heracles learn to use Antaeus power (the ground) to defeat him. Its important to realize that a feared enemy must be crushed completely. (sometimes they have learned this the hard way.) If one ember is left alight, no matter how dimly it smolders, a fire will eventually break out. More is lost through stopping halfway than through total annihilation. For the enemy will recover, and will seek revenge, crush him, not only in body but in spirit.
Sifu Hill WTD