The advanced art is in the fundamentals.

Take a basic technique or a simple combination. If you are a YKM person it might be a Suil Kiu, a Sat Kuil or a good old Bin Choi. Or why not just a Biu Jee – Sat Choi combo. Feeling adventurous, maybe pick something a bit more intricate like Dan Bin.

Have your training partners feed you techniques, simple to more complex. Use just that one technique you selected to defeat them. Over and over and over and over and over and over and…

Find ways to use it against all strikes. Against all kicks too, because remember it’s not just about the hands, the technique is the whole body working as one. Use it against grabs, locks, clinch, throws. Use it on the ground. Use it against blunt and edged weapons. Use it when someone is pointing a firearm at you. Use it repeatedly against multiple opponents attacking you. Use it in narrow hallways; on wet grass and slippery gravel; while sitting in your car; while holding something in your hand.

When you find a situation where the technique feels limiting, keep using it. Work through the problem, figure it out, there’s always a solution, because remember it’s not just about the hands. Examine the parts that make up the whole. There are techniques inside the techniques, find them.

Pick another technique, do the same thing. Pick a third technique, do the same thing.

As you go deeper into the individual technique, you’ll start to notice the common mechanics, both body and psychological, that make it work. You are entering the core of your art. Finding the source of power that feeds it.

Work on that source, it’s what all those lovely conditioning and power training drills are for. Because you now feel it and understand it, you won’t be doing them blindly and the results will come quicker. Man and art merging into one as you have “Dan Bin there, Dan Bin That”*.

People in our arts like to talk about Ging. Calling it this and that. “Scared Power”, “Shock Power”, “No-Inch Power”. “Geng” this and “Jak” that. Don’t be that person. Don’t talk about it, instead practice, feel, understand, develop your skill. Everything else is a waste of breath and heartbeats.

And when you finally develop the thing at the very core of your art and yourself to an acceptable level, it no longer matters what you call it, because you’ve already discovered the Ging to rule them all. Your very own preciousssssssss…

Train hard, stay safe!

*Don’t worry, I have plenty more really bad Bak Mei puns in store, coming to a blog post near you soon.