Hey all! I'm new here, just looking for a healthy community for my martial arts journey. This is my first post.
I study Shotokan karate very heavily, and have for a bit more than a decade (nishiyama linneage). Our substyle of Shotokan doesn't have the long stances, and focuses much more on body mechanics efficiency, longevity, and timing (see musashi's the books of five rings "fire")- sen, tai no sen, go no sen timing, etc...
Any chance any of you have enough experience in both karate and wing chun to give me some pointers on my cross-training? I've started training under sifu Gary Lam in California, and have noticed a lot of conceptual and technical similarities between the styles. I often am asked what else I do when training in wing chun since the mechanics are pretty similar and thus far have been pretty luckily to ingest wing chun at a fairly brisk pace. (I'm assuming it's cause of a more similar than not connection between certain fundamentals of the style of Shotokan I practice...)
I'm simply looking for some tips/things to pay attention to as I continue my training specifically while cross-training.
NOTE: while I'm open to comments on practicality and self-defense, I'm mostly asking from a martial arts perspective- specifically more about the concepts, intensions, mechanics, timing etc that are woven between the styles (as is are all martial arts, but specifically these two). I'm also only dipping into wing chun to further my karate evolution, knowledge, and training.