Learning Cho Ga Wing chun had brought my understanding of Kongfu to a whole new level. Much time and hard work were spent in acquiring the basic 13-hands which preceded Xiu Nim Tao – both carrying the fundamental essence of this art!
Shifu had repeatedly emphasized on the importance of the spontaneity in the application of the art instead of drilling on the stiff mechanical movement, which is truly important.
Cho Ga Wing chun is after all not a performativity showmanship kongfu. The history behind the establishment of the martial arts had defined the practicality of it and the kind of damage it may cause should it fall into the wrong hands.
Having say that, due to the background of it’s founder, who was a member of the Chinese opera group, certain applications and forms may look like a performative movement – disguising it’s real motive to involve in a fight.
Hence it turns out handy whenever self defence comes into the picture – as the party who needs to shield themselves from aggression is usually on the weaker side – the significant virtue of Wingchun, let alone the Cho Ga system.
My insight in the practicality of the traditional Kongfu had gone more in-depth after the teaching of Cho Ga Wingchun of Master Patrick Tham.
His knowledge and passion had led this traditional art to the correct direction in this modern sports world.
I wish more people can benefit from it like me when attempting to acquire an authentic and practical martial art.