Sun Tzu and WingTsun™

Grandmaster Leung Ting is a follower of the ancient wisdom of General Sun Tzu, 6th Century BC China and the author of the book The Art of War.  His writings have been required reading at many U.S. military academies.  Note the parallel to WingTsun concepts in this quote by Sun Tzu:

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Training at Home:

  1. First, state to your friends (and yourself) out loud that your WingTsun™ training is important to you and “please do not interrupt my training unless the house is on fire.” Read more


In order to defeat an attacker, Wing Tsun students have to train to do something at odds with one’s natural inclinations and that is to use no resistance at all in an attack. The attacker expects resistance but gets none. What he gets is empty space or what GGM Leung Ting calls a void. WingTsun is not the only martial art that has used this strategy but it is the only one to focus on the defeat of an attacker to this degree and conform to such logic.

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WingTsun’s most difficult technique – humility

For most anybody living today learning WingTsun, WingTsun is a discovery. They did not invent it. They found it. They do, however, find that it is a brilliant martial art. It does make one feel smart for following it. It also might make a practitioner feel that this makes them smart enough to think their way out of a tight spot in a fight – except that they will never be able to “think” their way out of a tight spot in a fight. Thinking is too slow.

WingTsun is brilliantly designed so that a fighter does not have to think at all when an attack occurs. Thinking in a real fight is death. A practitioner must practice and make all of the mistakes first. A practitioner must make mistake after mistake in practice in order to train the body to react according to the pressures on their arms or legs. Making mistake after mistake can exact a toll on one’s ego. That is why the masters of the martial art have renounced the ego.

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