What the West has to say about
Wing Tsun Kung Fu
By Marie Elizabeth Finamore, MS, ATC, CSCS, LMT
with WingTsun technical assistance by Sifu Keith Sonnenberg
Wing Tsun challenges the physical body in many ways, and exercises and improves concentration, visual acuity, balance, core stability, and breath control, as well as a full body muscular exertion. Speed, agility, power are developed, and keys to the technique. Really the only movements NOT challenged in this system are those involved in overhead reaching.
Core stability is challenged in the basic stance, which a semi-squat with all lower extremity joints rotated inward achieved after alternately rotating the joints externally and internally. Isometrically this also challenges balance and all lower extremity muscles, as this is a very unusual position to most Westerners. Of course, and movement of the arms or legs away from the core challenges your stability, especially at the speeds demanded in Wing Tsun. In actual combat, of course, any blow landed or blocked also challenges the core.