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Wing Tsun Fighting is Considerably Different Than Sport Sparring

Wing Tsun is a concept-oriented martial art. Although Wing Tsun has its very own economical techniques that have a certain structure designed to cut off the long way taken by another fighter or attacker, many of the principals can and often have been used by other styles!

The idea of Wing Tsun is very specific for self-defense. There is no provision for power as the primary emphasis in doing techniques and there is no provision to prolong the fight. Rather we teach the skill of using an attacker’s power to end the fight quickly. That is not to say that Wing Tsun does not consider power as important. Students are instructed to use the three-section wall bag to build power in the punches and kicks.

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Martial Art Techniques and Sparring

The martial art techniques used by Wing Tsun practitioners are economical in movement. They are geared toward self-defense and stopping an attacker. Wing Tsun has always been a self-defense system and so the techniques are strictly practical in real situations. There is no sport application. There is a lot of talk about sparring in various internet articles, expounding on the benefits. Certainly, there must be some interaction and realistic application training to be an effective training. Sparring offers this kind of effective training. Without it, how does one respond if the student does not know the natural of the attack? A student must learn how to react, should he or she see a technique coming and how to respond in a fast and tense exchange.

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Wing Tsun Tools

Wing Tsun Tools

Wing Tsun tools are just the hand formations and methods one can draw from for self-defense. The general public may think that Wing Tsun (or Wing Chun) has fewer tools with which to defend compared with other systems which sometimes try to include every technique known from other martial arts systems in the hope that it will make their martial art school’s teachings better or more complete. However each tool in Wing Tsun has many uses. The idea that Wing Tsun (or Wing Chun) is limited to chain punching or limited to chi sau exercises is a false idea fueled by the mutual fascination of the public and the media in the most visually unique aspects of Wing Tsun, namely the sticky hands and the wooden dummy.

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Fantasy Sports and WingTsun™

As our modern world progresses into a world of convenience and electronic marvels, the public perception between reality and fantasy is changing. The lack of understanding by the public and even some so-called instructors of martial arts is getting greater and greater. Many things we see on the movie screen, especially regarding any type of combat, on a computer screen, on a smart phone or something in between, are far removed from reality. The events are designed to entertain and the crazier they are the better. It is possible to forget what would happen when one’s fantasy meets reality. With no fighting experience, it is even more difficult for a novice to determine what works and what doesn’t.

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The Kicks in the Leung Ting system

The Kicks in the Leung Ting system

Many readers of blogs or onlookers assume that WingTsun™ does not kick or does not place importance on kicks but the reality is different. The kicks in the Leung Ting System of Wing Tsun have their own unique application. WingTsun is a system with a more urban base and methods involving jumping over rocks, logs and bumps in the landscape does not occur in the WingTsun fighting environment. In general, the basic thinking in this system is that kicks are there to “help the hands.”

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Wing Tsun Arizona holds periodic special topic classes
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Wing Tsun Arizona special topic classes

Wing Tsun Arizona special topic classes

Most punching attacks move along a curved line or straight from the hip. The Wing Tsun Arizona special topic classes teach Wing Tsun concepts applied to common attacks such as surprise attacks, punching attacks, anti-grappling (against grabs), and dealing with weapons.

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You Need Wing Tsun

You Need Wing Tsun

You need Wing Tsun for the most effective way to get benefit ‘mileage’ from a martial art. You do not have to learn 400 different, separate modes of movement unrelated to each other to learn complete self-defense. Under attack, a non-trained person can freeze. No movement – no action, just a victim for lack of learned automatic reactions. Fear creates this freeze reaction because the victim has learned no confidence, had no training, has mind-body conflicts because of inappropriate principals learned, or has no knowledge at all.

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Using the force of an attacker against him

Using the force of an attacker against him

The above illustration is a simple one to show an attacker who throws a straight-line punch is countered by the defender who turns with the power of his opponent’s punch while sticking with the punch. He does not turn himself. His attacker turns him. That force is used on the return right-handed punch.

Many arts claim that they can take advantage of an attacker’s force in a real fight. Most will explain techniques that will work in theory. In order to work, however, no matter what the method or style is, a defender has to have physical contact with the attacker. In Leung Ting WingTsun® , we seek to gain physical contact with the attacker at the earliest possible moment. The first moment of contact is usually made with the arms.

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Adaptable WingTsun™

Adaptable WingTsun™

WingTsun is a highly adaptable system of martial arts. It is far more than a collection of fixed techniques. In fact, its forms are only representations of techniques and ideas. Not only are these ideas practical and efficient for self-defense, they are useful for correcting bad postural habits and flexibility problems.

For people that have tense shoulders or stiff necks, practicing WingTsun forms or fighting applications help improve or steer you toward correct posture and favorable structures. It is incorrect, from the standpoint of self-defense, to tense one’s shoulders or use the wrong muscle groups to enhance the power of a punch. It is a better strategy to use the attacker’s momentum, strength and intent against him.

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Real Fight Survival Skills

Real Fight Survival Skills

Wing Tsun was developed as a real way to survive a vicious attack in old China where life was cheap. However it was never developed for armies as some of the other martial arts were of the time period of 300 years ago. Wing Tsun is an urban self-defense system that uses a higher stance and does not rely on superior strength but rather on better footwork so as to evade an attacker’s strength while still remaining close in to deliver strikes, punches and low kicks. Close in strikes have the advantage of more often hitting the target. Longer range strikes, punches and especially kicks, while easier to learn, have the disadvantage of more often missing the target. Wing Tsun uses touch to facilitate accuracy in striking. If your arms have contact with an attacker and one’s arms can maintain a certain distance on a moving target, hitting that moving target is very probable. To maintain distance on a moving target, skillful footwork is a must.

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