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Learning Out of Context

At Wing Tsun Martial Arts in Gilbert AZ, we start your training where it should start; at the beginning. For those considering learning just the sticky hands techniques and applications (even just a few of them) of Wing Chun (or Ving Tsun or even Wing Tsun), from an instructor willing to try and teach it to a novice or a person of another style that may not have been taught the first part of the system, there is a caveat. Do not expect what you have been shown to work for you in real situations. Wing Tsun is not a grab bag of techniques that you can just pull out of context, mimic and be able to use in a real situation.

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The Chi Sau Factor

 The Chi Sau Factor

The topic that really grabs a lot of attention in martial arts circles when you say “Wing Chun” or Wing Tsun is chi sau (sticky hands*). These two words describe the one thing that the martial arts public knows only exists in Wing Tsun / Wing Chun.** Chi sau is the reason Wing Tsun dominates the close-range in fights and self-defense. This is so true that there are numerous copy-cats. Some invent their own style with “sticky hands” as a feature. Some try to incorporate it into an existing style. None of them equal the original of course.

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Chi Sau

Chi Sau

Leung Ting WingTsun®, like all versions from the Yip Man lineage, has chi sau which was referred to as sticky hands 粘手  by Bruce Lee.  This is because this drill trains the hands to be “sticky.”  Grandmaster Leung Ting prefers the words “clinging arms.”  The classic Chinese term for the drill is chi sau which can mean “energy hands.”  The word “chi” has several different meanings in Chinese.

The chi sau programs in Leung Ting WingTsun® are extensive.  The programs are standardized within the Leung Ting WingTsun® family so that all of the students around the world will learn the same material and nothing will be left out.

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