IRON WIRE AND GOLDEN BRIDGE
When does a practitioner need to practice Iron Wire and when should he prefer Golden Bridge?
If a practitioner is already competent in both internal force training methods, when his emphasis is to lay foundation he should practice Golden Bridge. If his emphasis is to develop internal force for combat, he should practice Iron Wire.
Of course the choice is relative, and all other factors were presumed equal. Iron Wire can be used to lay foundation too, and Golden Bridge for combat.
If his intention is to focus his force in his arms, his choice should be Iron Wire. If his intention is to spread internal force more evenly, he should choose Golden Bridge.
If his preference is for combat, he should practice Iron Wire. If the preference is for health, he should practice Golden Bridge.
If he has not learned either arts, but has a chance to choose one to start, he should choose Golden Bridge. Not only it is easier to make mistakes in Iron Wire than in Golden Bridge, learning Golden Bridge first, then Iron Wire will give him more benefit than learning Iron Wire then Golden Bridge
On the other hand, if he has to choose only one between Golden Bridge and Iron Wire, and there may not be a choice again in future, and if he knows very well that the Iron Wire teacher is competent, he should grab the opportunity to learn Iron Wire. The opportunity to learn Iron Wire correctly is much rarer than the opportunity to learn Golden Bridge.
The above question-answer is reproduced from the thread 10 Questions to Grandmaster Wong on the Iron Wire Set in the Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum