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Getting Over the Hump

Getting Over the Hump

The most difficult time is the beginning.  This is true in every athletic endeavor whether or not you are an athlete.

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MUSCLE CONTROL

MUSCLE CONTROL

Learning to control one’s muscles is one of the most important benefits of WingTsun™ training. Through consistent and repetitive training, both with and without a partner, success in learning techniques can be achieved. Through repetition, the mind and body can unify.

There is no real substitute for repetition. Your mind and body develops the neural pathways after consistent use. If the body is called upon to use a particular area of the body consistently, the body will develop that particular area, both in muscle tone, bone and nervous tissue. The learning takes place in the Cerebellum, a part of the brain located at its lower back portion. This is a clever adaptation of the body, since it takes less time for the body part to react if the center for this processing is closer to the area that is involved, i.e., the arm or leg.

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Sun Tzu and WingTsun™

Sun Tzu and WingTsun™

Grandmaster Leung Ting is a follower of the ancient wisdom of General Sun Tzu, 6th Century BC China and the author of the book The Art of War.  His writings have been required reading at many U.S. military academies.  Note the parallel to WingTsun concepts in this quote by Sun Tzu:

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A Few Tips for Good Training

Training at Home:

  1. First, state to your friends (and yourself) out loud that your WingTsun™ training is important to you and “please do not interrupt my training unless the house is on fire.” Read more
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WINGTSUN™ WORKING

WINGTSUN™ WORKING

In order to defeat an attacker, Wing Tsun students have to train to do something at odds with one’s natural inclinations and that is to use no resistance at all in an attack. The attacker expects resistance but gets none. What he gets is empty space or what GGM Leung Ting calls a void. WingTsun is not the only martial art that has used this strategy but it is the only one to focus on the defeat of an attacker to this degree and conform to such logic.

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WingTsun’s most difficult technique – humility

WingTsun’s most difficult technique – humility

For most anybody living today learning WingTsun, WingTsun is a discovery. They did not invent it. They found it. They do, however, find that it is a brilliant martial art. It does make one feel smart for following it. It also might make a practitioner feel that this makes them smart enough to think their way out of a tight spot in a fight – except that they will never be able to “think” their way out of a tight spot in a fight. Thinking is too slow.

WingTsun is brilliantly designed so that a fighter does not have to think at all when an attack occurs. Thinking in a real fight is death. A practitioner must practice and make all of the mistakes first. A practitioner must make mistake after mistake in practice in order to train the body to react according to the pressures on their arms or legs. Making mistake after mistake can exact a toll on one’s ego. That is why the masters of the martial art have renounced the ego.

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