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Try Wing Tsun for One Month

New students may try Wing Tsun in Gilbert for one month for only $55.00! There is no obligation. Try this martial art to see if it is a good fit for you.

There is nothing else to buy until the end of your first month trial. At the end of the month you may enroll at our regular rates, join our association and get the official uniform ( www.wle.com ).

To get started, sign up on one of our web forms with the comment space and tell us what you would like. We will contact you within 48 hours to set an appointment for your first class which is FREE. At the end of the class, we can answer more questions for you and you can tell us if you want to continue for one month for $55!

Begin your trial before Tuesday May 9, 2017 after which the offer expires.

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

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Self Defense Scenarios

It can be useful for WingTsun students to develop self-defense scenarios in their mind as long as they are not “fixed formulas.” In other words ask yourself “what if this happened?” OK, most of my students already know that if somebody asks, “What if I took a swing at you?” or “What would you do…,” that this can be a useless and even dangerous verbal exercise. After all, you really don’t know how they will attack until they actually do. However, it can be useful to speculate with yourself. In other words, ask yourself this question as a bit of internal dialog, “How well would I do in a real self-defense situation?” “What WOULD I do if somebody came around a corner and tried to grab or hit me?” These mental exercises can help you visualize the beginning, the middle and the end of an attack defended by classical WingTsun movements. This can also aid your self-confidence.

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Defying the Odds

Through my 40 plus years teaching martial arts, I have seen a sizable number of people decide to start attending martial arts classes but then, do not continue.  These beginning martial arts students might have thought that they had set high standards for themselves. They incorrectly think that these “high standards” that they are setting are good and that one should “aim high.” The student is expecting to be able to master unfamiliar movements with little effort and very quickly, within one or two classes!  This is a set-up for disappointment and failure. 

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What do you know about Chain Punches?

Wing Tsun chain punches are, perhaps almost as well-known as wooden dummy techniques or sticky hands techniques as an iconic method of this martial arts system. That said, do you really know what they are and why they are effective?

The key is Wing Tsun’s center-line concept.

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Wing Tsun Kung-fu, a Martial Art for Self Defense

Among martial arts for self defense, Leung Ting WingTsun® is consistent throughout. It is important from a realistic standpoint that a defender have automatic reactions trained into their nervous system so that a surprise attack can be dissolved without planning, thinking about it, or reconsidering, all of which would mean failure to defend oneself. It is also important that a self defense martial art or a self defense course not be a grab bag of ‘solutions’ which are formulaic. There are no formulas to defend in an unknown attack.

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Martial Arts Histories

Martial Arts Histories. History lessons? Why?

Because we can learn a lot from what happened before. Regarding martial arts histories, we can learn why a martial art like the one we practice came to be the way it is. Unlike the fictional stories we hear, one cannot invent a martial art from a dream or a sudden inspiration.

Today, martial arts are practiced as a hobby as much as they are practiced as self-defense if not more so.

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Martial Arts Training at Home, Part III

Martial arts training at home can be a valuable supplement to class training. The benefits of martial arts training at home include fitness training, correction of technical details, and increased repetitions for quality technique.

Training at home requires discipline and a jumping ahead of one’s desire to just sit and watch television or surf the web. The beginning is, by far the most difficult. The actual task is not nearly as difficult as beginning to do the training. If you can get past this point, the rewards are great.

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Martial Arts Practice, the Gravitational Pull on You

The concept in dealing with gravity is similar in a great many martial arts practice programs. Part of self-defense is, naturally, not falling. Wing Tsun’ founders were very focused on this. It was supposed to have been developed by a woman. Naturally it would be catastrophic to end up on the ground with a much larger, stronger attacker on top of you.

Many of the ancient martial arts were concerned with a strong stance at the expense of mobility. Stances were low, wide, and very strong. If a person uses a punch or strike from such a strong position, the punch or strike would have a great deal of power.

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Wing Tsun in the USA, the Early Days – Immersion

Starting in the spring of 1980, Great Grandmaster Leung Ting toured the Unites States, teaching 4-5 seminars in just as many states, Arizona included. Each seminar was 10 days long, 6 hours per day! This is what I call real immersion! My fellow kung-fu brothers and I basically soaked in the Wing Tsun training at a fast pace and with great intensity. Much of the training was hour upon hour of stance training, punching, being thrown to the cement, and advancing step training on the patio at GGM Leung Ting’s hotel near the Salt River in Tempe. This is where I began my training in earnest. I had met GGM Leung Ting first, in California where he taught me some simple hand movements and spoke at length about his approach to Wing Tsun in his hotel room at the Los Angeles Hilton in the prior January.

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BELIEVE IN LOGIC

Logic permeates the WingTsun approach. The simplest idea is the best idea in the WingTsun way of self-defense. A human tendency is to over-think and complicate matters. In a life or death struggle the simplest path is often a straight-line to the target and also the quickest. Sometimes there are barriers. WingTsun has the answers there too and WingTsun has a simple solution that does not involve a clash of forces.

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