At 165 pounds and 5 feet 9 inches, a 65 years young Kenneth Chung was dwarfed by the much younger men. Ken spent a great deal of time working with them, and demonstrating the concepts of Wing Chun. Above all, he emphasized the importance of never being greedy and never being afraid. He illustrated how he incorporates this idea to maximize his own potential.
Keith Browner, one of the Houston Texans, observed: "As Ken demonstrated different attacks and feelings, he asked me if he [Ken] looked like he was nervous to fight me. Looking into his eyes, I could not see fear, but confidence, calmness, intensity, and consciousness."
There are many ways in which greed and fear manifest themselves, thus interfering with optimal martial arts performance. It happens in meeting an opponent forcefully, by tensing up, and when we rely on muscle instead of relaxing. It happens when we reach out beyond our own range, rather than allowing the opponent to come in where we can more effectively receive and utilize that force. Ken repeatedly demonstrated the importance of position, sensitivity and timing in dealing with the young, strong, and aggressive men.
An observer from the Houston Wing Chun group noted: "Ken demonstrated that fighting back against a larger or more athletic opponent would give [the opponent] the advantage because such a person is highly trained to deal with rigid energy. By relaxing, listening and using our long and lasting energy, a larger foe can more effectively be dealt with. Ken was fluid, which disrupted the football players' stronger rigidity."
Ken emphasized the practical point that he cannot out-muscle someone much taller and heavier than himself. "When the bigger guys leaned on him," an observer pointed out, "he absorbed their excess energy through use of a turn or rearwards sidestep instead of trying to push them away. At the same time, he was never afraid to send his force into them."
"Wing Chun focuses on conservation of energy through precision and accuracy," noted Yip Lau, another practitioner at the event. "Sifu Ken speaks frequently of the idea that we only strike when the opportunity presents itself. Relying solely on speed will consume large amounts of energy, and yields little result. Wing Chun stresses the idea of optimization." The proverb, "Don't be greedy, don't be afraid," is central to this optimization.