The brain on Wing Tsun is about creating ‘muscle memory’ and is therefore a true mind-body exercise.The traumatic brain injury of Arizona U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 caused by a bullet to the head highlighted some of the medical knowledge advances born out of soldier injuries during the two wars our country has recently been through. Rehabilitation from brain injuries apparently involves repeated movements that cause the human brain to create new areas that can take over for damaged ones to perform old tasks. According to CBS news, the soldier-patients undergoing the rehabilitation called progress “challenging.” The fact that it is challenging doesn’t take away the fact of their remarkable progress.
If repeated movement can create new regions of the brain, then repeated movement can result in new skills. It has long been known that repeated movements CAN and does create neaural pathways. This is Wing Tsun’s real method: train the body to move along with an attacker – to move according to how the opponent moves by sticking with their arms or legs so that there is no clashing of forces. One can overcome the greater force of an attacker in this way and evade their force.
First a student must repeat the techniques and build the movements into the muscle memory. The student must then learn how this works with a friendly training partner. A series of basic techniques must be mastered. At Student Grade Three a student begins the single arm sticky hands (dan chi sau). This drill transfers the skills learned solo and with a partner to the “ clinging arms ” skills that are an integral part of Wing Tsun. Leung Ting WingTsun® is the only system in which to learn such advanced and effective skills which enable a much more reliable and effective way to defend against attack.