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Are You Healthy?

Many programs offer possible solutions to stress and correcting health issues but not all solutions are suitable for all people.  WingTsun™ offers the Siu Nim Tau set which is a series of movements done while standing. Siu Nim Tau is a relatively gentle series of movements, the first section of which is done very slowly. It involves a light meditative focus and a breathing component that can be escalated or left as a gentle, natural breathing. The advantage of this form of stress reduction is that it can be done in most any location. It has a small ‘footprint’ which does not require a large amount of space. It does not require sitting or lying on a floor and is a suitable form of training for an aspiring beginner martial artist. The movements have definite self-defense applications which are taught in subsequent classes.

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LEARNING THE BASIS AND THE BASICS OF A MARTIAL ART

One can enter into martial arts training and learn a series of movements only, or one can enter into training and understand what those movements mean beyond function and structure. If you are lucky enough to be in a martial art that has a traceable lineage and a story behind its creation, even better. The history of a martial art is often the clue as to whether the movements have a practical benefit. All martial arts are not created equal.

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Wing Tsun in Daily Life

Wing Tsun in Daily Life

You cannot ignore the obvious that WingTsun is a self-defense system… it’s great to know it when you need it but some may ask “When am I ever going to use these techniques in daily life?”

Answer: Everyday

You can use Wing Tsun in daily life. However, can you use these self defense movements unless you live on the streets and life is a daily survival lesson?

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Your insides

Your insides

If you find your insides need attention and find yourself at the beck and call of something other than your personal well being twenty-four-seven, you might consider that your insides, a.k.a. your health and mental peace might be important too. It is not just about what you deserve. It is about what you must have to be fully human. WingTsun™ offers a constructive reason to get away for a few evenings a week to better yourself.

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Wing Tsun addresses stress

 Wing Tsun addresses stress

 Wing Tsun addresses stress within the context of the training, primarily in the first form, Siu Nim Tau. The stress regulating effect of a Wing Tsun kung fu class is remarkable.  It doesn’t happen all at once.  Any change in one’s routine can be a bit jarring and even a bit scary.  A new student may wonder, “How will I perform?”  “How will I look to others in the class?”  Will the instructor think I am clumsy?” “Can I cut it?”

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Learn basic form and correct breathing

Learn basic form and correct breathing

Learn basic form and correct breathing with training in Wing Tsun kung fu. The basic form, Siu Nim Tau has a breathing method which calms you. The slow movements create a calm demeanor and builds balance in the body by slowing things down, both mentally and physically.  This is a big advantage in our fast paced, computerized society. The Siu Nim Tau teaches the basic movements from which come the self-defense ideas and methods.  Once the movements are learned, the breathing can commence!

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More than 300 years of development

 

More Than 300 Years of Development

WingTsun™ is Grandmaster Leung Ting’s modern day teaching system but it has been under development for over 300 years. Many stories have been written on its origins including the standard one that a Buddhist elder of the Siu Lam (Shaolin) Monastery, a woman named Ng Mui, invented it from her expertise in Siu Lam Kung Fu. Some history ‘experts’ think they know how it was developed but in reality we have only verbal traditions prior to the 19th century. Accounts earlier than Leung Jan are not written accounts. We have some idea that certain early practitioners did exist we but have no confirmation of their role in its development.

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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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Option for joint health

Option for joint health

Health and medical authorities say that joint exercise may delay the onset of arthritis symptoms. Our Siu Nim Tau form of WingTsun kung-fu contains 23 wrist circles which, when done properly, also work the elbow and the shoulder. Our turning stance gently works the ankles and knees. Our postures work against the excessive lower back curvatures.

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Your Siu Nim Tau practice is efficient…

Your Siu Nim Tau practice is efficient…

Your Siu Nim Tau practice represents an efficient way to learn the basics of WingTsun™. It contains every basic idea – a condensed set of movements intended for your daily practice. Some of the highlights are:

1. Front thrusting punch
2. The three ‘seed’ techniques, tan sau, fook sau, bong sau
3. Double-hand movements to take care of frontal and rear attacks
4. Defense against attacks from the side
5. Breathing techniques for health
6. Stretch in the upper body joints
7. Leg strengthening by remaining in one place for the duration

– Sifu Keith Sonnenberg