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Wing Tsun Kungfu Borrows Attacker’s Force

A man dressed in black jumps out of the dark area behind the shrub and reaches for your neck.  Your training kicks in and you step sideways, and he turns you as he grabs your shoulder.  You didn’t choose to turn in that manner.  He turned you, but it surprises him.  You lift a punch under his left arm and connect with the soft tissue behind his chin.  The noise is sickening as he bites his tongue and screams but you do not stop.  You follow up with chain punches to his nose!  He falls back and holds his face.  You decide to bolt out of there, glad that you have your safety and your life. 

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Getting Power with Wing Tsun Techniques

Wing Tsun is completely different in its approach to getting power. For those immersed in another discipline, this statement is met with a lot of skepticism. It just seems easier to develop power using a person’s native power to hit or kick. Internal power has a mysterious ring to it.

To clarify the reason for Wing Tsun’s internal power, we must explain why this approach is the one we take in Wing Tsun. Often, power, when in actual use in self-defense, is a relative term.

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Food Drive in Cooperation with United Food Banks

Wing Tsun Arizona is having a food drive …

Wing Tsun Arizona in cooperation with United Food Bank, Mesa, AZ is having a food drive. Bring items to our location at 745 N. Gilbert Rd. #120 Gilbert, AZ 85234 Monday through Thursday, 6 pm – 9pm from now until May 9 before 12 noon. The box is right inside the front door. Canned meat, peanut butter, cereal whole grain – low sugar, soup, stews, chili, beans, milk-canned/dried – rice and pasta. Please, no glass jars, baby food or opened food or food requiring refrigeration. Thank you!
www.unitedfoodbank.org

 

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The Internal Character of Wing Tsun Self-Defense

What is meant by “internal martial arts?” Generally, it refers to an emphasis on structure, breathing, and dealing with opposing forces to defend against an attack. In Wing Tsun, to strengthen the body, many joint exercises are represented in the three forms to unify the body as a coordinated whole. Structure, angles and in the case of Leung Ting WingTsun®, mobility are paramount issues in dealing with an attack. The development of the elastic qualities of the body are used to facilitate defense when encountering stronger forces. Read more

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Simplify Your Defense

One of the main attributes and principals coming out of your Wing Tsun training is “simplicity.” If you crowd your brain with too many techniques, especially if they come from different martial arts with different approaches and concepts, your defense is bound to be shaky at best in a street situation.

If your repertoire is entirely from one system of martial arts, even Wing Tsun, it can also confuse you if you have too many techniques on your mind as to the response in a given situation. That is why we discuss the concepts rather than one technique versus another in defending. It is most important to gather the ideas of Wing Tsun together in your mind and perfect them regardless of what technique you might be using.

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Confronted with Violence and your Footwork

Training in effective self-defense can be extremely important especially in the face of today’s extreme situations. Training on defending oneself should be as basic as health and obtaining food and water. You never know when you could be a victim of random violence today. It can happen in the best of neighborhoods.

Self-defense training is rather different than training for fighting competitions. It can take many forms because we cannot know in advance what type of an attack will occur. An art like Wing Tsun kung fu takes this into account.

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Martial Arts Movement Intention

Many people wonder how to make movements automatic and reactive in developing their martial arts skills. I can understand disappointment if you practice all your basics regularly on your own and see little if any results. Besides increasing the repetitions, how are martial arts skills built?

I will speak for Wing Tsun Kungfu since it is the martial art that I have spent the most time with. However, I believe it is the same with other arts as I spent years in Korean karate and Filipino Escrima. One should think about the intent of the movements.

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Beginner Kung-Fu Classes – Wing Tsun

Starting Saturday March 17 and every Saturday until April 7, you can learn Wing Tsun with other beginners for one-hour sessions, 10:00 am – 11:00 am. The location is at our school at 745 N. Gilbert Rd. #120, Gilbert, AZ 85234. Enroll at EventBrite : Beginner Kung-Fu Classes – Wing Tsun 

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

 

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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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Wing Tsun – Building Muscle Memory

Building skill is quite often the result of hundreds of hours or repetitious training in basic movements. We hear stories of famous athletes who train hours every day. This will make nearly anybody into a skilled practitioner who can truly focus in this way.

Anybody who starts this way is bound to suffer disappointment because few people have the stamina to do this instantly. One’s training should begin gradually. A habit must be created. To be realistic, one could use a timer to keep the time spent realistic. If you tell a partner that you are going to spend 15 minutes practicing, set the timer for 15 minutes and have a bell or buzzer go off at the end. This is your signal and everybody else that your training this morning is finished. Everybody has a schedule and you can do another 15 minutes later or not.

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