I’ve been dealing with this question for a number of years! At the moment it is of course back in focus, due to the pandemic social distance and lock downs etc. About 10 years ago I started to think about whether it was even possible to learn from videos where we live from closeness and contact with others, developing feelings, etc. both in Wing Chun and in Serrada Escrima! For me, at that time a clear “no” that is not possible! But what if I change my perspective and look at the whole thing from a different point of view? The clear “no” becomes “maybe” or “if then” …
With these mind games and the experiences, my own daily practice and the constant change in living conditions in my student body, which I will list below, I started the online learning portal at that time, because the “No” became a “YES” after the thought experiment but a yes considering certain aspects.
I would like to state one thing “only online training, video training; learning from books will not work in the long term!”
1. are you already training in some form at the We-Te Academy locally or regionally or even internationally at one of our locations abroad. (somehow in connection with Wu-Te) 2. You are already training somewhere outside of the Wu-Te Academy, you have unanswered questions, it is not enough for you, you want more! 3. you would like to learn, train, develop further, but there is nothing near you, in your region, etc. you have no chance !?
to 1. use the possibilities of online video training as a reference work, as a deepening, to train afterwards, to rework. You shouldn’t see your learning just as “I’m going to do some exercise”! That doesn’t do it justice! How often do I experience in class that I demonstrate, show and explain something, when I then ask my students to do it, I am often asked what? how come? how did that work again? That does not mean (in most cases) that you are not paying attention, but that you are not yet ready to need more time … but this time is always given in 60 minutes or 90 minutes of lessons, so it would be helpful having a tool to look up, look up, and work on.
Often life changes, living conditions, moving to a new job, finishing your studies, etc. What to do? I can’t find anything suitable or similar … then online training is an alternative to continuing, sticking to it. Your kung fu is where you are. The combination with online and offline lessons and additional online life training for urgent questions helps you to stay tuned! I always had my teachers thousands of kilometers away and would have been happy to be able to use these opportunities today!
Especially now in times of lockdown, corona restrictions … the combination of online video training, online life coaching and regular life personal training has proven itself! Regarding 2. no matter where you learn – no matter what you train – my online video training (Masterclass Program) will help you to become better, to understand the connections, to finally answer the question marks in your head …
to 3. (One thing I would like to say “only online training, video training; learning from books will not work in the long term!”)
Of course you can also start to learn to train yourself a foundation a foundation. However, note the following: none, really none of the YouTube Masters, the FB Keyboard Kings, the Forum Champions will show you what is important! I have never seen a single video on these channels that is honest, it is always imperfect, incomplete, not sufficient, not explanatory, not enlightening … admit it) the other remaining ignorance, incompetence, not knowing of not knowing !!!! So get knowledge from the right source, so you run the risk of consuming contaminated water (knowledge) for years, your foundation is crumbly and threatens to collapse at the slightest shock!