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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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IS YOUR CUP EMPTY? Zen in the Martial Arts

Read the book Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyamshttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zen-in-the-martial-arts-joe-hyams/1100271861 ). I think that some of you HAVE read this interesting book. In any case, the best chapter in my estimation is the one starting on page 17, “Empty Your Cup.” It has some excellent insights into the process of finding and learning from somebody new. New students must always “empty their cup” first. Unless they do, they can never learn anything new.

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LEARN TO MOVE WITH MARTIAL ARTS EXERCISES

Martial arts exercises are a big step up in what the body requires for health over just doing repetitive exercise programs involving calisthenics, weight lifting, walking, running, etc. Martial arts movement requires a mind-body commitment and connection and there is a big payoff. There is less boredom when one’s program is varied. Also, recent research has indicated that different speeds and different movements within a session have a more beneficial effect on overall fitness.

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MARTIAL ARTS EFFECTIVENESS

To analyze martial arts effectiveness, first one must define whether it is important to be effective for participation in a sport as in tournaments or ring fighting or for self-defense. WingTsun™ is practiced as a self-defense system while offering a mental training that directs a student to the simplest solution in an encounter and improved overall confidence. Complex procedures have the effect of possibly failing in a real situation.

In a self-defense class, if you are taught to dissolve an arm grab by circling your arm in a clock wise direction for the right arm grab, are you really going to remember, in a panic situation, which arm grab requires clock-wise or counter-clock wise rotation? The WingTsun concept is to simply hit / kick your attacker. Complex procedures are time-consuming. Time is a critical element in all self-defense.

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SELF DEFENSE MOVES

We can and will teach self defence moves but to become skillful, one must practice diligently to gain effective self defense skill should the need arise. The bigger purpose of training is often forgotten. Training of the mind and body in a martial art can be quite fulfilling. It often changes a student’s perspective on themselves.

Getting out of one’s comfort zone can fill a hole in one’s background. If you happen to have been confined to a desk for years or in front of a computer screen,

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A MARTIAL ARTS TEST FOR YOUR INNER SELF

A Martial Arts Test for Your Inner Self

Nearly all martial arts schools test their students for some type of rank but do they have a martial arts test for your inner self? Like any test, students should prepare and even when they do, there is bound to be some nervousness. This kind of test is just one kind. Another kind is the test of your inner self.

It takes fortitude and self-awareness to stick with a program for as long as it takes to bear fruit! It is unfortunate that we see so many beginning students disappear. When they were attending it was painfully obvious that they did not practice at home at all. One month they are attending pretty regularly and then attendance drops off until you do not see them anymore.

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Learning Unique Skills

Learning Unique Skills

It did not take me long after beginning WingTsun™ training to figure out that I was learning certain high level skills in the martial arts. I had studied another style for eight years and during that time I read and read some more. We did not have the internet so I just read books and magazines about what exists in the martial arts world. At the time, I never thought I would have an opportunity to dive straight into the “deep end” of the practice of high level skills found mostly in the Chinese martial art systems.

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