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Close Range Martial Art

Among the many differences between Wing Tsun and most martial arts offered is a Wing Tsun specialty, close-range techniques. The prevailing idea of most arts is long-range defense and offense. The idea that goes along with this is that one can develop more power from a greater distance. This is basically true. In addition, by using long range techniques and the strategies that go along with it, a defender can keep an attacker from getting too close. This is another, seeming advantage. However, Wing Tsun departs from this obvious explanation for the methods of the other martial arts.

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What is Behind Wing Tsun’s Close Range Techniques?

What is Behind Wing Tsun’s Close Range Techniques?

Legend has it that Wing Tsun was invented by a woman named Ng Mui who later taught it to a female teenager named Yim Wing Tsun. There is some dispute among historians about this story. However the techniques give substantial evidence that it could be true. At every turn there is some technical reason to believe that a woman developed Wing Tsun. Only a woman would give such great consideration to design every technique to not clash with an attacker’s force, but rather to borrow the force. At no point does a Wing Tsun trainee have to lift, push, or otherwise resist an attack by direct force.

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Circling step

Circling step

One of the first techniques that WingTsun™ students learn is the circling step. By itself, the circling step seems like a meaningless exercise.  However, the act of circling one’s leg around an oncoming attacker’s leg makes good sense when you see how it is used. Your leg makes a tight circle around an attacker’s leg thus evading the attacker’s strong, approaching force…

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