Mindful Wing Chun is an “Internal Martial Art”. So what is it to be ….. “Internal”?
The short answer is “Awareness”.
A deeper, more complex answer is the ability to have “Casual Neutral Attention”, as one of my
instructors aptly put it. To have a very light idea with a non bipartisan attitude with the perspective
of observation, and then to place that idea, that feeling, with delicacy and intention to a definitive
“Activated Relaxation” is the movement of this “Casual Neutral Attention.”
There is no need to “Activate” the idea with a conscious thought. The idea is activated as a natural
part of the general observation.
Your “Intention” will automatically be where you detect threat, intention does not come from a
conscious thought. We don’t think about intent, we feel into the intensity of the intention. Not unlike
a conscious thought of love compared to feeling about love.
This observation of intent is a growing awareness of a feeling of knowing , of confidence removed
To increase this feeling, we need to throw ourselves off a cliff, so to speak. We need to believe and
have confidence in this feeling. As the power increases, it feels as though your awareness and
observation are all increasing, your belief in it is unchallenged. And quiet the opposite happens, if
you create doubt, or judge yourself, or worried about reputation and repercussions. i.e. you lose
your sense of presence.
“Activated Relaxation” is like a fitness, in that everyday we reach our comfort zone of this feeling,
the zone grows ever so gradually. Its not a boundary that one can seek, it is one that you find with
neutrality, awareness and observation. It is a feeling of your ability to have this awareness, rather
than a conscious “ohhh there it is”. In fact , as soon as you think of that…its gone, and you are left
searching for a shadow like a whisper in the wind.
This intelligence is not a knowing of conclusions, but a deep understanding of your level of
awareness, your ownership and control of self. It is as though you are staring at a raw truth of self.
When you are so absorbed by this awareness with your intention so delicately weaved into it, with
the tiny idea of your mind pointing to an elusive definitive place, you will not crave to be elsewhere,
or be distracted by other thoughts or desires. At this point you will experience the awesome power
of the experience.
You will seek not a destination or an objective, but just to be present and in awe with more of what
you are feeling, its a heightened state of awareness with a lack of fear. The lack of fear results
from not a feeling of knowledge, but from acceptance of what you know and whom you are and
where you are at with your current state of awareness.
It has no boundaries as you reach out over horizons. It’s a feeling of blind faith as you step off a
cliff, to discover more, and in doing so you are rewarded with more of the same…more
observation…more detail…more acceptance…more awe…more stillness…..more peace and
ultimately more latent power.
– Keven Tate, Mindful Wing Chun Hong Kong Grade 5 Senior Student, March 2018