This is exactly why I started Wing Tsun. Actually the style choice was rather accidental (originally I thought of TKD) but I couldn’t choose any better I guess.
As I wrote in the Original Post I’m 30. When I was 16 I started attending theatre class in my town in Poland. That was really cool. That was so called “movement theatre” which relies mostly on body flexibility and expression. The trainings and rehearsals were hard, but sooo satysfying!
Imagine I could do all those crazy flips, jumps, and figures. But at the age of 25 I completed my studies, started regular work and theatre activity had to come to a halt.
After two-three years I gained some belly and lost all of my former flexibility and body control. Knowing that I once could do better was a torture. So in the end I foud the WT page and learned that in my city there is a new group gathering. I am still a novice (10 weeks in the group) and not until recently have I been accepted as an official student.
The point is that I really feel I’m gaining my old body control I once had. And the progress is rapid! Way faster than I expected! Imagination and consciousness of your body I took from theatre is very very helpful. Precision of movement is the same I used to practise in my theatre! And you really need to think during that practise which is where WingTsun meets theatre again.
That’s why I love this style and intend to practise it for as long as it’s possible even though it is quite expensive. But it’s worth it!
All you former actors who don’t know what to do now with your abilities and who would like to get in shape again – try Wing Tsun! That’s my recommendation. And trust me – your imagination and former abilities may give you upper hand even on those who trained other styles.
It’s not a rule, but it may help you with such elements like good and quick learning Sil Lim Tao (remember all those complicated forms you had to learn and practise for the stage?)
Go for it!
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