Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer shows the strength and determination of my father’s life journey, but on a simpler level it can relate to our everyday lives. Kung Fu practitioners will be able to relate to the hard work it takes to become proficient. Everyone has been faced with the decision: to train or not to train? For example, today, I went to the Temple to practice, and it took a great deal of effort and focus to get going. I believe students might think that the Sifus are always ready to train every hour of the day. This is certainly not the case. We all have our highs and lows, and have to make the same choices as everyone else. Do I train today? Some Sifus have full time jobs, and still make the effort to attend kung fu or tai chi class after work. This is really admirable, because as many of you know, at the end of the day we all just want to relax. Even Sifus need to relax! Even Grandmaster Chan finds time to relax (although it is usually in his sleep…and even then he may be in action).
Finding the balance between working hard and over working is difficult for a lot of people, which is why training at a school with a class is beneficial. Once you make the choice to show up, that is the hardest part. Your Sifus should be able to push you to your limits, but keep you from over doing it. However, they are not mind readers (not all of the time), so you have to be able to communicate injuries or when you really can’t push any harder. Although, before you give in…you ask yourself, can I keep going?
Today I decided to train. The majority of the time, it is the right decision, because I always feel so much better after. So when it is difficult to find the motivation, think about how great you are going to feel post work out! (minus the exhaustion, soreness, pain, and sweat…actually that is the good part too!)