Can’t you see
This is a land of confusion.
Now this is the world we live in
And these are the hands we’re given
(Land of Confusion from Invisible Touch by Genesis, 1986)
This post is triggered by some of the stuff I have been reading on a Wing Chun forum so I will write in that context. However, you can easily substitute the name Tai Chi in place of Wing Chun and you would end up with a similar situation.
The topics of many of the posts in this Wing Chun forum on Facebook reminds me of a land of confusion. Why this is so is beyond me given the huge amount of information we have today in print, on video, ease of travel and access to teachers in most parts of the world.
There are many voices that chant in unison but there is also the lone voice that cries out in the desert, lamenting the things that are wrong with today’s Wing Chun. Some happily share their knowledge whereas some seem to be pushing an agenda. Where the agenda leads to I guess we will see in time to come.
As long as people are creative we will see diversity. That many, if not all, originate from a common source in the past also means that we share many similarities. So how did we end up with some of the problem areas that some lone voices are highlighting?
Are the problems due to incorrect teachings, incorrect learning, lack of quality in teaching or loss of transmission?
Has there been a break between today’s Wing Chun and the art of the past, leading to loss or distortion of key principles as some would claim?
I guess I am fortunate that I did not learn my Wing Chun today, amidst the babble of claims of authenticity in the land of confusion.