- Bow your head enough to demonstrate RESPECT, but not so low that you take your eyes off of your potential opponent.
- Bring your LEFT hand up FIRST (at a “normal” speed), in a straight line positioned in the CENTER of your chest (so that you are PROTECTING your CENTER-LINE (where the majority of your vital, life-sustaining organs are located) to represent the fact that the Martial Arts SCHOLAR (Student/disciple) in you always comes FIRST. THEN bring your RIGHT fist up to meet your open LEFT hand in a FORCEFUL manner to communicate to your opponent that the Martial Arts WARRIOR in you will arise when the Warrior’s presence is demanded by the circumstances at hand.
- Then it is proper to say something to the effect of:
“我的名字是[姓名]. 我练习永春功夫的艺术. 我很荣幸地接受你的挑战，以便我从中学到. 请开始.”
“Wǒ de míngzì shì [YOUR NAME]. Wǒ liànxí yǒngchūn gōngfū de yìshù. Wǒ hěn róngxìng de jiēshòu nǐ de tiǎozhàn, yǐbiàn wǒ cóng zhōngxué dào. Qǐng kāishǐ.”
“My name is [YOUR NAME]. I practice the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu. I am honored to accept your challenge so that I will learn from you. Please begin.”
After the challenge has ended, regardless of how strongly you perceive that you have either “won” or “lost” the battle, it is IMPERATIVE to continue to display your unyielding integrity (even if your opponent is blatantly rude or “cocky” toward you in any manner) by bowing your head and saluting again (as previously described), and saying something to the effect of:
“Xièxiè nǐ tiǎozhàn wǒ wǒ hěn gǎnxiè wǒ cóng nǐ nàlǐ xué dào de yīqiè.”
“Thank you for challenging me. I am grateful for all that I have learned from you.”
Regarding the IMPORTANCE of language:
To demonstrate respect to the Chinese art form of “Wing Chun” / Yǒng chūn (咏春) it is highly beneficial to memorize how to correctly say these statements in Mandarin Chinese. You can do so by using the phone-application available on the Google Play Store, which is called, “Google Translate,” which is shown here from a screenshot (& available for free though this link → Google Translate Android App.:
Since we are on the topic of memorizing Mandarin Chinese, the very same phone-application (Google Translator) should ideally be used for the purpose of creating a Microsoft Excel (also available from the Google Play Store at an affordable price) spreadsheet with simple words/phrases of your native language such as English in the first column, the Pinyin spelling of those words/phrases in the second column (Pinyin is VERY useful in serving as a reminder for how to properly pronounce the Mandarin Chinese words/phrases), & the Simplified Chinese spelling of the words/phrases in “hànzì” (汉字) in the third column.
A very realistic (doable) task to set out upon is to memorize the Pinyin spelling & Mandarin pronunciation of just one small word or phrase every day. With each successive day you should quiz yourself on previously memorized/learned words/phrases & then memorize one more word/phrase. Within a year you will be able to speak & understand very simplistic Mandarin Chinese conversation.
My point (which is a very valid point) is that Chinese Martial Arts was founded upon a Chinese Buddhist perspective that is not revealed to you very well until you understand the main language of the Chinese people who created Kung Fu (Gōng fū) because language is always created/designed in a manner that communicates a culture’s perspective in philosophical terms, religious terms, social terms, psychological terms, political terms, and in an endless number of other ways. Therefore, if you make no effort to learn & understand the language of the people who created the art, you will not likely succeed in the endeavor of acquiring an infinitely deeper understanding of the Martial Arts form itself. Martial Arts is inherently an intuitive & abstract art (especially Chinese Martial Arts, & ESPECIALLY Yǒng Chūn (from my perspective women are gifted with intuition and the ability to understand abstract concepts more so than men. Yǒng Chūn was reportedly created by a woman so it is follows that Yǒng Chūn is naturally very intuitive & abstract).
Language is also an intuitive & abstract method of describing ALL ASPECTS of any given Martial Art form.
That being said, I do realize that the actual language of the legendary Buddhist Nun, Ng Mui, was quite likely Cantonese, however I have not found any phone applications which translate Cantonese, & also it is very probable that most modern day Yǒng chūn (咏春) Chinese practitioners typically speak Mandarin which I believe is currently the predominant universal language of China.
Now, off of that tangent & back to the topic at hand:
Always remember that as a Martial Artist of INTEGRITY, you are not to treat anyone as you feel he or she deserves to be treated secondary to his or her bad attitude, but rather, you are to treat that person as if he or she has already become the person of INTEGRITY that you wish s/he already was. You treat this person with this level of respect for two main reasons:
- As a Professional Martial Artist YOU are in FACT a LEADER for ALL to look up to & model themselves after so you must LEAD BY EXAMPLE ! ! !
- People are predisposed to rise to the level of expectations that you place upon them:
- When you expect nothing from someone you will predictably get NOTHING in return for your “investment” in him or her.
- When you expect a person to behave in a manner that is indicative of a low-functioning person, then you will likely witness behavior that is very strongly suggestive of a VERY low-functioning person.
- When you expect a person to RISE to your high expectations of EXEMPLARY behavior, then you will likely yield a high level of return on your INVESTMENT in that person, as long as you are PATIENT enough to wait until that person is psychologically ready to manifest behavior that REFLECTS YOUR OWN BEHAVIOR ! ! !