Am I Too Big For Wing Chun?
I'm 29 years old, 6 feet tall, and weigh 260 pounds...
... I spoke to the head instructor at a school near me and he said my size concerns him. One reason is other guys my size, or bigger, drop out within 2 weeks. Another reason has something to do about not being able to get my elbows tucked in enough.
I'm not worried about hard work. I'm trying to lose weight, and this is a stepping stone and new way of life for me.
He did say that he loved my attitude and my frame of mind approaching this. But his comments makes me wonder if I'm too big for this art? I'm not scared of hard work or dedication; should I be concerned?
Answer: No. Based on how you describe the situation, I find the instructor's response to be very weird.
The way I read it, it sounded like the instructor was discouraging you from signing up for classes? (As with any new exercise activity, make sure to discuss it with your health care provider.)
I was not at your talk, however I will mention a few things based on my own personal opinion.
Not being able to point your elbows down, or in, is a common problem for all new Wing Chun practitioners, no matter their size. It’s just not a natural position, at first.
Yes, having extra “meat” does add a few physical challenges, but depending on the situation this can be said about almost any physical activity, not just Wing Chun or keeping elbows pointed down.
I imagine as you practice more Wing Chun, you'll get into better shape, eat better, lose weight, and experience better mental health, too. These are some of the benefits I and many other practitioners have gained thanks to Wing Chun.
Just last night in class, one student said he's lost 20 pounds since he started training, one year ago. Another student, an older man says he's lost 30 pounds since starting in October (about 7 months ago).
Neither of these guys are going through stressful diet plans or such. They just added Wing Chun, and the older man is a bit more mindful of what and how he eats. (He said once a week he'll eat some junk food to take a away the cravings, but the cravings get weaker as he gets into better shape).
Since you’re not afraid of hard work, and it sounds like you are dedicated to making positive changes in your life, I believe you will improve your physical health, too, one step at a time. Go for it!
Below are a number of links related to your concerns. You’re definitely not the first one to have them, and I doubt you’ll be the last. You're in good company. Enjoy...
Stay in shape with Wing Tsun Kung Fu
Fat and Overweight doesn’t stop Wing Chun fighters
How Wing Chun improved my life
7 Wing Chun health benefits
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