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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

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Stress Management

Stress Management

All aspects of #Wing Tsun training have the ability to help you manage stress and ultimately, reduce stress. Stress creeps in and humans are very adaptable.  They adapt to it until it isn’t noticed anymore!  Most people do not even realize how much stress they are carrying until they have had a chance to manage it.  We say “manage” because if humans had no stress at all, there would be no forward movement in getting healthy, in pursuing a career in going to work, etc.

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Grounding

Grounding

“WingTsun will keep you grounded and that grounding doesn’t run dry after a couple years or even twenty years.  Americans need spiritual and ego grounding these days, perhaps more than anything else.”  – Defying the odds

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Joint health and WingTsun™

Joint health and WingTsun™

WingTsun™ Kung fu has specific joint health exercises built into its forms.  Some might call these exercises part of the “chi-kung” of #WingTsun Kung fu.  The first exercise that one learns is the wrist circle.  After performing WingTsun’s unique vertical fist punch called the “Sun Thrusting Punch,” the hand is opened the palm is turned up.  The arm is outstretched to the front, parallel to the floor and the elbow is locked.  The palm is then bent back palm facing toward you, keeping the elbow locked.  The fingertips are turned clockwise when using the left hand until they point straight downward.  The fingers are then curled toward the back of the knuckles and the hand is quickly clenched as if it were a clamshell closing.  This simple exercise is easy to perform, can be done anywhere and, when repeated 10 – 20 repetitions and two sets daily, will reduce any pain symptoms caused by joint deterioration.  Such exercises keep the joints “lubricated” by stimulating the body’s natural healing and maintenance mechanisms.

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What the West Has to Say About Wing Tsun

Herewith is a reprint of a write-up by Marie-Elizabeth Finamore about Wing Tsun movements.  Marie Elizabeth Finamore can also be reached via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/havethumbs

What the West has to say about

Wing Tsun Kung Fu

By Marie Elizabeth Finamore, MS, ATC, CSCS, LMT

with WingTsun technical assistance by Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

Wing Tsun challenges the physical body in many ways, and exercises and improves concentration, visual acuity, balance, core stability, and breath control, as well as a full body muscular exertion.  Speed, agility, power are developed, and keys to the technique.  Really the only movements NOT challenged in this system are those involved in overhead reaching. 

Core stability is challenged in the basic stance, which a semi-squat with all lower extremity joints rotated inward achieved after alternately rotating the joints externally and internally.  Isometrically this also challenges balance and all lower extremity muscles, as this is a very unusual position to most Westerners.  Of course, and movement of the arms or legs away from the core challenges your stability, especially at the speeds demanded in Wing Tsun.  In actual combat, of course, any blow landed or blocked also challenges the core.

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Good posture with Wing Tsun Kung Fu

Good posture with Wing Tsun™ Kung Fu

Wing Tsun kung fu training promotes good posture as a function of self-defense but, possibly due to its heritage in southern Shaolin kung-fu, also for health reasons.  This article at the Mayo clinic web site depicts in a slide show, some good tips to keep posture correct day to day:  Prevent back pain with good posture.

Another good link: The harm of what looking down at your cellphone does to your spine

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Exercise balance

Kay Tang wrote an excellent article for the Arizona Republic on exercise and balancing cardio, strength training and stretching in: Exercises That Are Necessary to Be Healthy.

Check it out!

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Just the WingTsun™ basics

Just the WingTsun™ basics

If you want better health and fitness, you can practice just the WingTsun™ basics by repeating the “Little Idea Form,” the single punches with wrist circle, the turning stance, the advancing steps and basic drills from Student Grade One.  Also included in this are the circle step drills and the wrist circles- fook sau to wu sau- multiple times, 10-20 each day.  In a few weeks or a few months, you will see the difference in your joint mobility and energy levels in your daily life!  It’s a big payoff for such a gentle, low impact effort!