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Preconceived Ideas and Siu Nim Tau

Preconceived Ideas and Siu Nim Tau

The WingTsun™ form Siu Nim Tau is intended to teach a beginner to begin fresh and forget one’s preconceived ideas. The ideas include not only your high school gym class embarrassments, your yoga class, your basketball tryout bust, your karate classes, your winning year in soccer, your power lifting successes but also your preconceived ideas as to your true abilities, good or bad.

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Students learn top notch self-defense skills

Students learn top notch self-defense skills

We first teach the foundation of great self defense skills. Footwork and basic hand skills that really work are taught early on.  They form the basis of the ability to stay on one’s feet if attacked, borrow an attacker’s force and move quickly out of the line of attack.

Unlike the other versions of Wing Chun coming from the Yip Man lineage, Leung Ting WingTsun® teaches applications on the ground as well as anti-grappling and applications against techniques from other fighting methods and weapons.  Unlike the other versions from the Yip Man lineage, Leung Ting WingTsun® teaches the footwork necessary to get out of the way of an attack and apply the concepts within the first few ranks. The realistic applications training is ongoing.

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Simultaneous Defense and Offense

Simultaneous Defense and Offense

WingTsun™ utilizes defense (blocks) and offense (punches, strikes, kicks) at the same moment. The beginning student gets a taste of this training in the first two or three classes. It is difficult to find this kind of mental training anywhere except in such a class, particularly while training for self-defense and fitness.

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Simplicity

Because of the idea of simplicity, Leung Ting WingTsun® affords the beginner the realistic opportunity to become proficient at a whole kung fu system.

 

WingTsun, which is a southern Chinese kung fu system, is simpler in several ways than Shaolin kung fu. WingTsun has just three forms (kuen, in Chinese kata in Japanese, hyung in Korean). Many different Shaolin systems have anywhere from 9 to 50 different choreographed forms which form the ‘shape’ of the system. A student might learn all of the forms and still not be able to defend or fight effectively since forms are not the path to fighting skill or self-defense effectiveness. Applying the techniques of the forms through practice drills and fighting training is the way. The founders of WingTsun recognized the real purpose of forms which is to build the shape of the system at each level within the student’s muscle memory and quite often to perform a meditation and breathing exercise. The forms also represent an important mental ritual.

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Determination = Accomplishment

Determination = Accomplishment

Many a prospective martial arts student has tried out classes and when the going got the least little bit tough, they disappear.  To be sure, it might not be the physicality or their ability to learn.  It might be the sore muscles or the initial frustration of learning what should be simple movements but turn out to be more difficult than expected.  It might be objections from family members.  It could be ego.  It could be the perceived financial commitment.  No matter what preconceptions a prospective student has, in their heart, many thought that this was going to be a one way ticket to super hero status.  Instead, this becomes a time of self-examination.  It reveals how much or how little patience and determination they actually have.  Their extremely high opinion of themselves might have taken a hit.

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Learn a Real Close-up Martial Art

Learn a Real Close-Up Martial Art

by Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

The close-range fighting methods of southern China have their own methods and WingTsun™ is significant among those martial arts.  WingTsun fighting techniques operate inside the comfort zone of many people and well inside the comfort zone of many other fighting systems.  At this range, most fighting methods have no defenses. It is assumed by some martial artists that when you are very close to your opponent, one simply switches to knees, elbows and grappling techniques. There is more to the story than just switching distances and weapons.

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Sticky hands

Sticky hands

In learning #chi sau, the WingTsun™ student learns the most unique and coveted of martial arts skills. Sometimes called “sticky hands,” the student is trained to “stick” to the arms of one’s opponent. In this way a practitioner’s hands can receive important information about your attacker’s balance, position, his telegraphed intentions, his flexibility or rigidity.

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WingTsun™ is a way to Functional Fitness

WingTsun™ is a way to Functional Fitness

Do you have trouble jumping onto the treadmill and hoofing it for 30 minutes?  Do you have trouble dropping to the floor and doing 20 push-ups?  How about ten arm curls with each arm with a 25 pound dumbbell on a Sunday afternoon?  Would you feel strange or afraid stepping onto a floor with a lot of screaming dudes in white uniforms lunge punching with blood-curdling intensity?

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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!