Is it advisable to study Wing Chun over a long period of time under different lineages and or sifus?
I know this is probably a stupid question because honestly I can already sort of predict the answer (which is no), but I'm in a bit of a dilemma right now and I need help.
I intend to study Wing Chun over a very long time (which means I actually intend to master it) as a form of health therapy (I suffer from epilepsy, GERD, scoliosis, costochondritis, and depression.) but I am always on the move. I tend to travel from one country to another (currently I circulate among 3 countries), and as of now, it really can't helped. There's no way I can stay put in one area.
I plan on continuing my learning wherever I currently am, but the problem with it is, you might say, the availability of sifus. Say, for example, in Area 1, I can only find a Duncan Leung lineage sifu. In Area 2, only a Wong Sheung Leung lineage sifu. And in the last one, Area 3, only a Chu Sau Lei Wing Chun sifu. Is it all right if I learn Wing Chun that way? Under different sifus, Wing Chun styles? Or will it only confuse me or be troublesome later on?
Because if that's the case, I guess I'm gonna have to switch to a different martial art for my health therapy. ^^; Something consistent in every area, I guess. Maybe Tae Kwon Do.
Thanks in advance!
Comment/Answer: Hi, I would say in general one should get good or solid in one area before moving to another new one.
Building mastery or even proficiency is a matter of time. How many hours did you "do". Wing Chun, piano, sketching, writing, swimming, cooking, arithmetic, spent in the operating room, you name it.
It's also important to mention that the "doing" has to be correct or self-correcting. In other words, perfect practice makes perfect.
But everyone's situation is different and unique.
I'm biased, so I'd prefer you learn from different Wing Chun lineages than a different martial art. The decision is yours.
However, those Wing Chun families sound great and you're lucky that you'll be close to them during your travels.
I'd say go for it.
One trick you can try is to compartmentalize each lineage in your brain as a "separate" martial art - Wing Chun art. Kind of like you would do if you did start taking TKD classes.
For instance, if you could turn your brain into a computer file, you'd have a Wing Chun folder and each lineage under it as a sub-folder.
Just take the right one out when you're in class and training... and lock in the new information into the right one.
I hope this kind of brain hack can help you avoid some of the initial confusion; until you build enough proficiency in the lineages and can adapt or meld them into your own unique way.
P.S. One more thing. I've had numerous chances to take some Wing Chun classes from other schools, but shied away each time because I was afraid I'd muddy my technique. Maybe I would have, but I do regret walking away from touching hands with other lineages. If I was in your shoes, I would go ahead and study under those different Wing Chun schools.