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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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Learning from the Ground Up

At Wing Tsun Arizona, Gilbert, you learn from the ground up, almost literally. We teach Wing Tsun footwork, followed by the hands. Hands and feet must be coordinated. In southern Chinese kung-fu, stance and footwork play a very important role. In learning an art like Wing Tsun, you will start with setting-up of the basic stance. To remain standing, it makes sense that you would want to have great balance and a sturdy footing. If you are ever attacked, the importance of staying on your feet is obvious.

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Dexterity with Wing Tsun Training

One overlooked benefit of Wing Tsun training is the physical dexterity you can develop with regular training. In the process of learning kicks, punches and footwork, the drills that Wing Tsun is famous for work the joints in flexibility and strength. Wrist circles and stance circles are numerous in the training. They are designed to work around an attacker’s limbs in an economical way. In other words, the distance is short around an attacker’s limbs. We do not take the longer path.

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Defend and Counter Attack

A prominent feature of Wing Tsun kung fu training is defending and attacking at the same time. Wing Tsun’s hands, located at the center of the chest, go out to meet the attack simultaneously in some long-range applications. In other applications, a bridge is established microseconds before the fight is underway to establish the direction, the power and speed of the attack, as well as the posture, tension and even the attitude of the attacker.

In some instances, a simple straight-line thrusting punch is all that is needed. This is the ultimate in simultaneous defense and offense.

The backup to this approach can be bong sau (wing arm) which is an arm which bends like a green branch of a sapling tree, followed by the punch, pinning hand-punch (gum dar), or edge of the hand strike (fak sau).

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

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Gather the Wing Tsun Ideas

As a student of Wing Tsun kung-fu, you must start at the beginning. It is important to your understanding of Wing Tsun that Wing Tsun is not just a grab bag of techniques or ‘tricks.’

You can gather the ideas present in Wing Tsun by attending class, training hard in the principals and by reading the books by Great Grandmaster Leung Ting. This all takes time but the more you train and study the ideas, the faster this will come.

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Is Wing Tsun a Form of Athletics?

One can argue, in my estimation, that Wing Tsun is a form of athletics. It is a step-by-step training method to train the muscles to react in a flexible way to defend against attack. It can be a form of athletics without being a sport, however.

To be a sport, it would have to have rules. Wing Tsun does not have anything called a rule.* It does, however, have movement principals. All the fine skills in small muscle groups must be trained. You cannot expect a muscle to react like you want it to without repeated practice.

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Come and Get One Week of Classes

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Starting January 2nd, you can have one week of personalized martial arts classes for $9.95 ($25.00 value). Just bring this blog post into our school starting today. We are open 6 pm – 9 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Stretch class starts at 6:30 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Come join us for the healthy fun! Limited time offer. Check www.wingtsunaz.com for complete info, schedule, class hours. 745 N. Gilbert Rd. #120, Gilbert. AZ 85234.

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Wing Tsun Theory of Self Defense

Many a Wing Tsun / Wing Chun / Ving Tsun student and lay person has read and studied the story of the origins of Wing Tsun. They have heard of the Buddhist elder, Ng Mui who was a Siu Lam (Shaolin) kung fu expert. The story goes that she escaped the burning of the Siu Lam Monastery by Ching soldiers along with four others each of whom gave rise to various kung fu styles that exist today. Ng Mui eventually taught another female, a teenager named Yim Wing Tsun. The teenager eventually married her betrothed. Her husband decided that this secret style should be named after her. Wing Tsun was eventually passed down in a narrow family line until the present day. Read more

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Forward Energy

There are analogies for life within the art of Wing Tsun kung-fu. One such analogy is the idea of forward energy.

Martial arts analogies exist in other arts but Wing Tsun seems to have many, perhaps because of its concepts. To prevail in an encounter with an opponent, it can be necessary to maintain forward energy and forward direction. To stand still can be deadly to you. Forward energy and forward movement forces an attacker to spend time and attention to deal with you. In addition, it is far more difficult to stop, block or deflect an oncoming counterattack than one that stands still. A moving target is difficult. One that is coming right at you is worse.

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Confusion Between Academic Learning and Training the Body

When learning a subject in school, whether it be in first grade or for your PhD in college, one needs to use the higher brain functions to memorize terms or words or to understand concepts. However, a disconnect can sometimes occur when learning a physical skill that requires automatic actions. If we are to safely drive an automobile, we must do a few things without thinking about them. The idea of true multitasking has been debunked by scientists who study such things. The big brain can truly just handle one thing at a time and must continually shift attention back and forth in order to handle several tasks.

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