As everyone by now knows (or at least should know) Wing Tsun is not a style that is based on techniques. Rather it is a fighting system that is based on principles which are reinforced by concepts that make the system work. For years I focused on the proper understanding of the original WT principles as well as the supporting concepts. To achieve this aim, I began to learn Chinese, both Cantonese and Mandarin in spoken and written form. This allowed me to understand the theories firsthand, rather than someone else's translated/interpreted perspective*. The beautiful thing about WT theory is that it is both profound, extremely applicable and not in the slightest mysterious.
In other words, the theory is neither mystical nor esoteric - at least for those who know them AND practice them.
Shockingly however, an authority on WT is now claiming that the theory isn't even taught until the so-called practician level. That would mean 16 years minimum (but much longer is the average duration, think 30 years) BEFORE one STARTS learning concepts.
According to this authority, this is when the practician can finally train "their brain"**. Anyone who believes it takes almost 30 years before one is 'smart enough' to train their brain is massively underestimating the intelligence of the average human being who learns WT. Especially when this authority was able to grasp most of the concepts (at least good enough to call himself a 10th level) after 12 years. Of these 12 years, six of the years was under an admittedly subpar instructor in a very traditional way. If this authority has an "improved" teaching system, why is it taking them double the time to equal half of his skills? The answer is this is nothing but propaganda.
When this authority admittedly learned the most profound theory during tea-time chats, why is suddenly the very same theory that was taught openly for years now a 'secret'? Well, it's not! Students can't even pass the basic student levels without a modicum of theoretical understanding. Magnetic zone, fighting principles, force concepts are all 'program minimum' at CWT, even if they are not anymore in other schools. At CWT all students can learn the original theory without misinterpretation, dumbing down or political revision. If you think the theory is too mindblowing to learn, consider that not counting high school it takes 12 years to become a brain surgeon. Is your brain so soft that it takes longer than that for you to begin to think about concepts of a Chinese fighting system? Don't be a victim of bad propaganda. Dare to be a rebel, a free thinker and not sheep-follower waiting to learn the secret theory that will finally make you good.
*For example many westerners WT'ers overly simplify concepts like "gong & yau lik" into terms like "hard & soft". When one understands the Chinese it's easy to see that "hard & soft" doesn't come close to explaining the subtle differences and nuances of forces used (or not used) in Wing Tsun.
**Is that not the most condescending thing one has ever heard? One needs permission and authority to use their brain in their martial arts training?