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The long road

People tend to view the learning of a task like looking at a pyramid, at the bottom is the many, the unskilled, the novices. And somewhere high at the top of the mountain is the master. In my opinion this is a rather bleak view of life. Possibly it is this view of achievement that makes many give up on tasks that however difficult, were not impossible.

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Gather the Wing Tsun Ideas

As a student of Wing Tsun kung-fu, you must start at the beginning. It is important to your understanding of Wing Tsun that Wing Tsun is not just a grab bag of techniques or ‘tricks.’

You can gather the ideas present in Wing Tsun by attending class, training hard in the principals and by reading the books by Great Grandmaster Leung Ting. This all takes time but the more you train and study the ideas, the faster this will come.

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Forward Energy

There are analogies for life within the art of Wing Tsun kung-fu. One such analogy is the idea of forward energy.

Martial arts analogies exist in other arts but Wing Tsun seems to have many, perhaps because of its concepts. To prevail in an encounter with an opponent, it can be necessary to maintain forward energy and forward direction. To stand still can be deadly to you. Forward energy and forward movement forces an attacker to spend time and attention to deal with you. In addition, it is far more difficult to stop, block or deflect an oncoming counterattack than one that stands still. A moving target is difficult. One that is coming right at you is worse.

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The Beginner Form is the Most Important

The Siu Nim Tau form, Wing Tsun’s most basic set of movements, may be the perfect antidote to anxiety we hear about in modern people. The name of this form, Siu Nim Tau, means literally Little Idea Form. It is meant to convey the purpose of this set of movements. It is intended to be done slowly in a quiet environment with self-reflection and focus. It gives a student of Wing Tsun time to slow down everything, thinking, breathing, even one’s heart-beat with more natural breathing in the abdomen instead of high in the chest. If a focus is placed on abdominal breathing, it tends to reduce attention on shoulder tension.

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WE START YOU AT THE BEGINNING

We start you, the new student, at the beginning of the Wing Tsun journey learning self-discipline, exercising the body from the inside out, and self-confidence. The beginning movement set is the first form called Siu Nim Tau. It is important that a new student learn the essence of this form first. Siu Nim Tau is translated as “Little Idea Form.” The contains the essential basics that form the rest of the system.

The things you learn later, all have a representative movement within Siu Nim Tau.

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Repetition in Martial Arts Practice

Repetition may be the single most important factor in achieving martial arts skills. The human being needs repeated movements to work out the details and build the technique into what some call “muscle memory.” It should be obvious that practice makes perfect. In this day and age of smart phones and apps, many people have never had to learn a physical skill before!

In addition, many people may not know how to go about it. Practice can be broken down into segments. If a technique will require 1,000 repetitions to get correct, it can be broken down in to four sessions of 250 repetitions done on different occasions. It is not helpful, however, to wait a long time between sessions. Two weeks between sessions negates the effect.

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Martial Arts Training at Home, Part III

Martial arts training at home can be a valuable supplement to class training. The benefits of martial arts training at home include fitness training, correction of technical details, and increased repetitions for quality technique.

Training at home requires discipline and a jumping ahead of one’s desire to just sit and watch television or surf the web. The beginning is, by far the most difficult. The actual task is not nearly as difficult as beginning to do the training. If you can get past this point, the rewards are great.

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BELIEVE IN LOGIC

Logic permeates the WingTsun approach. The simplest idea is the best idea in the WingTsun way of self-defense. A human tendency is to over-think and complicate matters. In a life or death struggle the simplest path is often a straight-line to the target and also the quickest. Sometimes there are barriers. WingTsun has the answers there too and WingTsun has a simple solution that does not involve a clash of forces.

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Go from knowing nothing to knowing something.

“Go from knowing nothing to knowing something.”

– Great Grandmaster Leung Ting

The above quote by GGM Leung Ting epitomizes the simple idea of Wing Tsun. Instead of trying to swallow a meal whole, it is best to take small bites. It is better to learn one thing very well and be known for it than to do a lot of things in a mediocre way.

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Martial Arts Accomplishment

Martial arts schools in Phoenix AZ are numerous to say the least. Extending outward into the bordering cities are dozens more schools. Possibly the majority have a belt ranking system, often with a black belt as the highest colored belt rank. Every school or martial art style has its policies and philosophy regarding rank promotions and advancement in the eyes of the instructors, standards of skills that must be obtained for advancement and so on. Leung Ting WingTsun® is similar but also a little different in this regard.

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