What is true tradition training? You ask 20 martial artists that question and you will get different answers. Why is that? It is because true traditional training is a construct that lies in a bed of misinformation and fantasy. People have been misled into thinking that they must do (Fill in the blank) to be training traditionally. Every martial artist has daydreamed about their own training. There is nothing wrong with that. But it is when that fantasy becomes reality that students get hurt.
To train traditionally we have to ask ourselves this question “Why were martial arts taught?”. They were taught for one reason; to teach people how to fight and fight well. No one trained a martial artist to be mediocre. Those types usually died in battle. Learning to fight well meant a longer life. They employed whatever means necessary, at their disposal, to create warriors that fought well.
There you have it. True traditional training is learning how to fight well. The recipe for getting there is a matter of taste. Each person is different and no one method will suit all people. There is no recipe that is better than anyone else’s if its fundamental purpose is to get you to fight well. The only question to ask is if that recipe suits you. However, If it does, you are still responsible for your own training. No one else will do it for you. Remember that!
I would like to end with a word of caution. There are many traditional practices that were practiced when life expectancy was not as high as it is now. You must make good choices with your training to ensure that your training today will not have negative consequences on you later.
The Chicago Fut Sao Wing Chun Association makes sure that you are totally informed about the practices that you do. Safety, while learning, is the number one priority in the class when you train with us. We aim to create functional warriors not broken ones.