Lat Sau means “Free Hand Fighting.” Wing Tsun does not have anything called “sparring.” Instead, Wing Tsun is focused on the “short fight.” In self-defense, it is important to deal a disabling attack as soon as possible. A long fight goes against the survival of the defender. The idea of Wing Tsun is to give the non-athlete or the non-fighter a better chance through skills and technical advantages against a thug who cares nothing about your training, non-training, personal safety and so on.
In Lat Sau, participants wear protective gear and fight for 10 – 30 seconds in most cases. No winner is declared. Then we begin again. It is that important that vital training is taking place. Lat sau is technically possible at 8th or 9th SG. However special Lat Sau classes are offered periodically for lower ranks.
Although Leung Ting WingTsun® has anti-grappling methods and applications and can fight from the ground, we do not combine or incorporate other styles of grappling martial arts into our regular Wing Tsun training. Rather we use the Wing Tsun anti-grappling methods to defeat grabs, counter throws, and deal with attacks while on the ground. Wing Tsun also uses sweeps and throws quite extensively. Wing Tsun is designed for self-defense. Depending on grappling as a self-defense method has several problematic areas for self-defense situations. In addition, we do not expect our students to suddenly become grappling experts for ring fighting.