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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!

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The legs are the first to go

The legs are the first to go

The saying goes that “the legs are the first to go.”  How true this is depends on many factors of course.  If you eventually get arthritis, knee problems, hip problems, ankle problems, or diabetes and you have to have surgeries on your legs well before you retire, your primary means of transportation is now out of commission or severely curtailed.  It is important to get up and move!  Doctors always recommend exercise.  Martial arts are a great way to get leg exercise.

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What to expect…

What to expect at your first WingTsun™ 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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WingTsun Chi Sau explained

WingTsun™ Chi Sau explained

Through my training under my si-fu, Great Grand Master Leung Ting, years of practice with numerous practitioners and personal experience, I have made the following observations about WT chi sau 粘手 :

WingTsun chi sau is a special practice for intermediate students and above.

Chi sau skill develops with continual regular practice.

Chi sau is not real fighting but an element of reality must always be present in real WT chi sau.

Chi sau skill is not an end in itself but is a skill that is to be transferred to real fighting applications.

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Like the crack of a whip…

Like the crack of a whip…

The WingTsun™ Character Sun Thrusting Punch generates power because of the skill of the person using this weapon and not because of the great physical power of the user.  The repetitive practice of the single punch (as opposed to the chain punch) will slowly build the necessary mental-physical skills. 

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