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CWC beginners - what should I train?

When students start learning Wing Chun, they often struggle to find things they can train on their own. For this reason, I've decided to write this beginners training guide. It's is far from a comprehensive list of things to train, but it will help you get started and offer some options and tips along the way.

A rather obvious, but good place to start is by practicing the techniques you've learnt in your most recent class. if you don't have a partner, drill the motions on your own visualising how your techniques will interact with those of your partner. This will help to engrain the mechanics of each technique and improve your coordination.

Throughout your on-going training, you might find these things useful: 1. Write training notes. 2. Train using a mirror. 3. Use a camera to record yourself. Each of these tools can help to identify where improvements can be made as you continually track your progress.

First form

Your main focus of study is the First form (Siu nim tao). This is the sequence of movements done at the beginning and end of every class. Your on-going task will be to apply the concepts and techniques contained within the Form in dynamic situations such as; chi sau, sparring, fighting and in everyday life. In my opinion the First form is the heartbeat the Wing Chun. If you can develop a good understanding of the First Form, you will have layed good foundations which will be with you for life.

Developing a thorough understanding of the First form will take time and it should not be rushed. It is better to work through the Form methodically absorbing a little bit at a time or you could risk training bad habits into your system which might prove difficult to replace. Your Sifu will guide you through each From, helping you make any corrections needed so don't worry too much about mistakes, because trust me, they're going to happen. Just don't bite off more than you can chew in one go, because there is a wealth of knowledge contained within the motions of the From and everything means something.

The First form is divided into three sections. If you don't know where each section begins and ends, check out the First form article, or ask your Sifu at your next lesson. Remember, the sequence of the Form slightly varies from school to school although the three sections are usually divided in much the same way.