The important thing is the journey, not the destination…

You may have heard this a lot in self-help blogs, in quotes, and other places. It is also true and yet it is so easy for us to forget.

Any person looking for quick results in body and mind pursuits should try to reassess their ideas. Quick results seldom happen. You will have highs and lows along the way. The important thing is that you stay on the road. Get over the bumpy parts and keep going.

Most martial arts authorities say you should empty your cup. I agree. It might be difficult but once you do, you will be truly on your way to learning something new. The previous pursuit was a building block but not the end. You can continue your journey.

The best thing is that Wing Tsun kung fu has at its roots, thousands of years of profound understanding. This certainly isn’t apparent at first, anymore than reciting the alphabet reveals the western cultures and language at first-read or in your first year in school!

We hope you will join us!

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

The question I get all the time is how do you hit something and not get hurt yourself? The short answer is “practice.”

The longer answer is a phrase used by the Grandmaster: you must “get rid of your own force.” This means that you must relax and not tie up energy inside you. When you tie up force inside you, you become tense and then you stay that way.

If you can get rid of your own force, you would break a brick or break an attacker. When energy leaves your arm and does not bounce back into it, the brick is broken and not your fist!

We do not break bricks or stones in Wing Tsun. That is not our way. The motto is, in stages of learning:

  1. Get rid of your own force (practice the straight punch and wrist circle).
  2. Get rid of your attacker’s force by deflecting, evading, or dissolving it.
  3. Borrow your attacker’s force.

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

One-on-One training in Wing Tsun, usually obtained through scheduling a private lesson, is important for some interesting reasons:

A patient instructor can see difficulties in your form from different angles and suggest ways to practice it or drills to correct it. This is important for beginners or advanced students.

In arm on arm and leg contact training, an instructor can slow it down and occasionally be the “dummy,” allowing you to score a hit to see what that feels like instead of always being stymied by a fellow student who is hard to work with or a partner that will never let you score a hit, even if he doesn’t follow the drill or the skill level. This doesn’t mean that pairing with many different partners is useless. Once certain skills have been learned well, it is important to test them against partners of various body types, tall, short, skinny, stocky.

A one-on-one training with an instructor can also be a time when you learn how to use your own size and level of strength or even skill to defend against those of great size and skill than you! After-all, this is the reason behind Wing Tsun’s development. In this kind of training, you learn how to get rid of preconceived ideas about how techniques “should work.” Wing Tsun is not frozen in its applications.

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg