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Martial Arts Training Dummy

Martial Arts Training Dummy

One of the most interesting pieces of training equipment in the martial arts is the martial arts training dummy. It almost seems like an obvious training device but there were few such training dummies in existence in the 1960s and 70s when I started in the martial arts!

Along came Bruce Lee and his modified Wing Chun wooden dummy with the metal leg and the rush was on. Numerous manufactures tried making similar devices. Some were just a set of arms coming out of a mounted plate on the wall. Others were full dummies. Read more

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Martial Arts Training at Home: Suggestions for Success

Martial Arts Training at Home

Most of the better martial arts instructors have or are recommending martial arts training at home to supplement what the student gets in the training hall. If martial arts students attend a one-hour class twice per week, they get two hours per week of instruction on how to move, how to coordinate body and mind, technical tips and so on. However, the total training time is less than optimal for cardiovascular health according to experts in the medical and fitness fields and should be added to one’s regimen at home.

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Practicing in the Park

Practicing in the Park

Rick and Frank practice at Papago Park, Tempe, AZ in prep for the techniques in the article in the July/August issue of Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine. You can order it here: www.martialartsmart.com .
The article is entitled “Flexible Wing Tsun.”

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The Brain on Wing Tsun

 

The Brain on Wing Tsun

The brain on Wing Tsun is about creating ‘muscle memory’ and is therefore a true mind-body exercise.The traumatic brain injury of Arizona U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 caused by a bullet to the head  highlighted some of the medical knowledge advances born out of soldier injuries during the two wars our country has recently been through. Rehabilitation from brain injuries apparently involves repeated movements that cause the human brain to create new areas that can take over for damaged ones to perform old tasks. According to CBS news, the soldier-patients undergoing the rehabilitation called progress “challenging.” The fact that it is challenging doesn’t take away the fact of their remarkable progress.

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Wing Tsun has All the Elements for Your Success

Wing Tsun has All the Elements for Your Success

Wing Tsun has all the elements for your success in life and the martial arts if one chooses to mine the benefits. What comes first? Your patience in learning or your learning to be patient? Thus we have a seemingly eternal chicken or the egg type of question.

Some martial arts instructors, in an effort to appease new students who do not initially possess the attributes necessary to learn something that requires patience, fill their curriculum with a fair amount of ‘fluff.’ Nothing wrong with having fun but, we believe, not at the expense of the student’s understanding the material and their ultimate success with their training.

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What to expect at your first Wing Tsun Kung Fu class
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What to expect at your first Wing Tsun Kung Fu class

What to expect at your first Wing Tsun Kung Fu class

Here is what to expect at your first Wing Tsun Kung Fu class. Our WingTsun trial classes are individualized. No previous experience is necessary. Come dressed in regular workout clothes: long trousers, white t-shirt and athletic shoes.

We want to find out what your goals and interests are in learning a martial art like WingTsun and want to help you achieve them starting now and in future classes and have fun doing it!

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Wing Tsun Theories of Self-Defense

Wing Tsun Theories of Self-Defense

The Wing Tsun theories of self-defense really are quite different than other commonly taught civilian martial arts, civilian courses or regimens in the military or para-military environments.

Even so, I still get new students who, after having heard me say this and then taking a few lessons, exclaim, “This really is different!”

Many a Wing Tsun, Wing Chun, or Ving Tsun (different spellings of what are considered to have come from the same root ) student and lay person has read and studied the story of the origins of Wing Tsun…

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Women Can Defend With WingTsun™

Women Can Defend With WingTsun™

Women can defend defend themselves against larger, stronger male attackers because WingTsun™ teaches a skill that involves using an attacker’s strength.  However what makes WingTsun different than a dozen other arts who claim this is that WingTsun focuses on soft power which recognizes that speed is squared times mass equals force.  In other words speed is more important in generating force than mass.

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Be prepared to practice.

Be prepared to practice.

Have you ever belonged to a small martial arts group or even a big commercial school where the instructor staff and the senior students just stood around and talked and goofed off?  We know your time is valuable and so is ours.  We won’t waste your time. Be prepared to practice at the Gilbert and Scottsdale classes!

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Basic Skills Taught Here

Basic Skills Taught Here

We do not jump past or ignore basic skills training at Wing Tsun Arizona. Both men and women are taught the basic skills needed for self-defense and to enjoy the training. It is also very important for a student’s future abilities in learning the more glamorous aspects of the martial art of Wing Tsun. By glamorous, we mean the Sticky Hands and Wooden Dummy skills. Sooooo…

Explosive hands practice starts early with close range movements. You start moving your open hand or fist from zero to 40 miles per hour in a tiny fraction of a second in different types of drills. For this to work, it is important to take the relaxation concept of the first form seriously. Do the form slowly and gradually let the tension go in each upper body part, arms, shoulders, neck.

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