The 10,000 hour rule and Wing Chun
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The 10,000 hour rule was a theory set in place by Dr. K Anders Ericsson. In his paper, he argued that anything can be mastered after 10,000 hours. This rule has spread through all aspects of learning and acquiring skills. Recently Dr. Ericsson has put his further thirty years of knowledge into reviewing his past work. His new book is Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. Not to give anything away but he reconsiders his rule.
Does it need 10,000 hours to reach proficiency in Wing Chun? It might. Would most of us even start?
Donnie Yen learnt Wing Chun from GM Ip Chun in 9 months prior to filming the first of the Ip Man films. The obvious ingredients are absolutely talented and hardworking student and the ultimate teacher. We have to make ourselves into exceptional students and find exceptional teachers.
There is a lot of learning to do to get you from beginner to sifu, hopefully not always the full 10,000 hours.
Learning takes place surely but truly in your practice sessions – sessions that improve you a very tiny amount each time. Ultimately these small progressions lead to mastery. Then of course you realise the learning never stops and the 10,000 hours are irrelevant or you willingly exceed them.
Look towards each day and each small step of progression. You will reach a better level of Wing Chun. Then keep learning and keep reaching.