The main purpose of Wing Tsun kungfu is self-defense. Nowadays in the U.S., many people do not see a need to learn self-defense or regard fighting as an idea for the “lower classes.” Some areas of martial arts training in other schools create a different mind-set. The mind-set of Wing Tsun, however, is not about violence but, instead, how to prevent it. Every stage of preventing violence is addressed both philosophically and in actuality in Wing Tsun until the last resort when violence becomes be the only answer. Once you become knowledgeable and trained, this realization takes hold. Now you have become confident in your ability to handle situations. If you have no abilities, your options are reduced considerably and so is your confidence in handling them.
Today, Wing Tsun is less complicated than other kungfu styles. It enables using the force of an attacker. It uses much faster pathways in its strikes and kicks. It emphasizes practical movement and not choreography.
Wing Tsun differs from other self-defense systems or martial arts by its economical structure, by your not clashing force with an attacker, and your ability to evade or dissolve and therefore use his force against him which you achieve through training. Wing Tsun also does not have a “rule book” as to what can be used in self-defense. We can only be guided by our legitimate self-defense needs and our laws.
“When a fight takes place in difficult locations, e.g. a narrow lane, a small room, a place full of obstacles, etc., it would become awfully disadvantageous for other fighters, especially for those trained to fight in the ring. However, it is just the opposite to a Wing Tsun fighter…” – Great Grandmaster Leung Ting, 10th Level MOC, International Wing Tsun Association, Hong Kong
“There is an old maxim: Never box a boxer, never wrestle a wrestler. It is still true but seems to have been forgotten.” – Grandmaster Keith Kernspecht, 10th Level, European WingTsun Organization
“It is a matter of fact, that the time factor is the key which determines the practical value of any kung-fu movement.” Great Grandmaster Leung Ting, 10th Level MOC, International Wing Tsun Association, Hong Kong
“In more than 40 years as a police officer, body-guard, martial artist and instructor I was not obliged to go to the ground once.” – Grandmaster Keith Kernspecht, 10th Level, European WingTsun Organization
A strike to the face or neck while simultaneously kicking the knee makes it very difficult for an attacker to defend it.