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A ‘myth buster’

  A ‘myth buster’ I did not know the full story of Leung Ting, Wing Tsun Master when I first came under his instruction in 1980 but I was certain to find out.  I discovered that he had made it his mission to dispel the many myths about martial arts, particularly the Chinese martial arts.  […]

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Soft and Hard

A misunderstanding persists among some people in and out of the practice of martial arts on the meaning of what is meant by references to ”soft” and “hard” in talk about martial arts techniques.  In the way that we define it in Leung Ting WingTsun®, soft does not mean weak.  Something soft can be very strong. 

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The Question I Always Get: Weight Training?

The Question I Always Get: Weight Training?

When I began Leung Ting WingTsun® training under Great Grandmaster Leung Ting, one of the first big points he made was that I was to avoid weight training because it would tighten my muscles and I would not learn the “force borrowing” skills or the “soft power” skills of WingTsun™.  Although it was controversial in many circles at that time, I followed his instructions.

All these many years later, I realize why he gave me those instructions.  Followers of many physical disciplines and sports can #benefit from a concurrent program of weight training.  However in WingTsun it is very difficult to mentally and physically reconcile the two training programs and get full performance at the same time …

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The Miscasting of Martial Arts

The Miscasting of Martial Arts

Our modern culture has reclassified physical movement disciplines into its own little bucket of definable terms.  Leung Ting WingTsun® kung fu is ‘kung fu’ and is not a sport.  In fact, it might be more accurate to call it WingTsun wu shu.  Kung fu means “hard work – achieving skill” whereas wu shu means “military art” which is more precise description of WingTsun even though Leung Ting WingTsun® is more civilian in nature but uses the military smarts of Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese general and master strategist.

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Some WingTsun™ principals…

Some WingTsun™ principals…

1)      Use the straight-line – guard the center line

2)      Simultaneous defense with offense – hit and defend at the same time

3)      Do not clash with your attacker’s force

4)      Use your attacker’s movement to trigger your own counter attack

5)      Use your attacker’s force to enhance your own counterattacking force

6)      One hand controls two

7)      Move forward while defending

8)      No backward steps

9)      Fight nose-to-nose, not nose to fist

10)   100 percent of the weight on the back leg

11)   Step into your attacker’s area

12)   Start later, arrive first

13)   Keep both feet on the ground unless you are sure to land a kick

14)   When grabbed, hit

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WT vs. the indirect arts

WT vs. the indirect arts

One of the most important differences between Leung Ting WingTsun® and other arts is the DIRECT versus INDIRECT concept…

This concept goes hand-in-hand with the straight-line / centerline concept and so I must explain this concept first in order to make the DIRECT versus INDIRECT concept clearer.  In WingTsun, we always attack and simultaneously defend along the centerline.  The centerline is the shortest straight-line.  While our WingTsun fighter is guarding this line 100% of the time, our attacker is forced to go around the centerline defenses to try and grab or hit our WingTsun fighter.

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Part of the Mental Training

Part of the Mental Training

Part of the mental training of WingTsun is in the Siu Nim Tau and Chum Kiu forms training. Doing the Siu Nim Tau each and every day is vitally important to clarifying one’s thinking. Once or twice is enough if it is done well. The movements themselves are less important than one’s mental attitude during the session. The peace and tranquility of the session is the first thing. Turn off radios and televisions. Get some cool air moving gently (not blowing cold air). Move through the faster movements with medium power and medium speed. Do not rush through it. Move and be very relaxed but brisk.

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YouTube video

See the video interview about WingTsun on a local TV station:

WingTsun on Channel 10