There's no such thing as a stupid question - until it's been asked
three times Kevin Earle
Kevin & Grasshopper Andy
Southern Grasshoppers 2018
"Let Me See..."
Grasshoppers Ask Interesting Questions
Ving Chun Master Kevin Earle Gives Interesting Answers
A teacher's answer to the question of a pupil ought to be clear and definite thereupon
it ought to be accepted as a key for resolution of doubts and a basis for decision.
If mistrustful or unintelligent questioning is oft repeated it implies doubt & disbelief.
The teacher would do well to ignore such questioning in silence
for a pupil with a full cup cannot be taught. I Ching (circa 2000 BC)
"There is no such thing as a stupid question - Until it's been asked three times." Kevin Earle
ON SIU NIM TAO
Q: Sifu. What is the name of the first form? A: The Character Two Adduction Stance
Q: Sifu, should I do Siu Nim Tao for one hour? A: Yes
Q: Master Kevin, how long should I spend on Siu Nim Tao? A: How long have you got Grasshopper?
Q: Master Kevin, How long should I do the form for? A: Until you are finished
Q: Sifu Kevin, which movement is the most important movement in Siu Nim Tao? A: The one you are doing in the moment
Q: I can't come to training, I have a broken leg A: It's not contageous, get to training!
Q: Sifu Kevin, my wife says I spend to much time at training and I'm unsure what to do A: Get a new wife
Q: Sifu Kevin, I have a question A: Have you asked your Instructor?
Q" Sifu Kevin Why do my knees hurt when I stand in the correct stance A: Your stance is incorrect
Q: Chi sau, is it sticky hands or sticking hands? A: Hmm. Good question. Sticky or sticking. Your homework is to think on that, and give me your answer tomorrow
Q: Should I be training every day? A: That's a very good question. Come back next week and tell me what you think
Q: Master K, what is the difference between gaan sau and kwan sau? A: Gaan comes from on top, kwan from beneath
Q: Master K, I get confused between gaan sau and kwan sau. How can I tell them apart? A: That's a very interesting question - what do you think?
Q: Sifu, my training partners are to big and strong for me, how can I overcome them? A: Stop using muscular force
Q: Master, I am much stronger than (him/her) but I cannot overcome them. A: Yes you are strong but you lack power
Q: Is my breathing important? A: Well, if you don't breathe you will die
Q: Is there a special way to breathe in Ving Chun? A: Yes! In and out. Now repeat
Q: Instructor Kev, how far should I move? A: Only as far as necessary
Q: Instructor Kevin, How far should I move? A: As far as is necessary
Q: Sifu, how far should I move? A: Far enough
Q: Sifu Kev why haven't you told us (that) before? A: I have said it many times, but you were absent
Q: Sifu Kev, my arm won't do tahn sau properly. A: Who's in charge?
Q: Master Kev, is there more than one punch in Ving Chun? A: Yes
Q: Master Kevin. There is only one punch in Ving Chun? A: Yes
Q: Master Kev, how many punches are there in Ving Chun? A: How many do you need?
Q: Instructor Kevin, can you describe the correct way to do the Ving Chun straight punch? A: Yes I can
Q: Sifu Kevin, What is the correct method to do the Ving Chun straight punch? A: With your elbow
Q: Sifu. How do we punch in Ving Chun? A: Make a wrist, not a fist
Q: How should I punch? A: With your fist
Q: Instructor Kevin, What is the fighting range? A: As far away as possible
Q: Sifu, I have read that there are five ranges of fighting, seven ranges of fighting, three ranges... how many are there?
A: One range. It's called fighting. If you are not fighting, then you are in not-fighting range.
Q: Sifu Kevin, We are going to a bar on Friday night and my girlfriends ex will be there and I know he wants to bash me. What should I do? A: Give her back. No, but seriously what can I do? A: I don't know I won't be there
Q: Sifu Kevin. I got into a fight on the weekend and I did (this action). Did I do the right thing? A: I don't know I wasn't there
Q: Sifu Kevin - Can you use your chi to render someone unconscious without touching them? A: If I can snatch a breath of air with my hand, I can do what you ask