Wing Tsun Fighting

As many people who surf the internet might know, there is a great deal of uninformed nonsense about Wing Chun / Wing Tsun/ Ving Tsun. Most are easily refuted with a little bit of research.

What is true is that Grandmaster Yip Man taught everybody differently. Why this happened I will leave to my Si-fu, WingTsun Grandmaster Leung Ting’s explanations in his book Roots and Branches of Wing Tsun.

Wing Tsun as passed down to the present day is meant to be a complete fighting system. If people misinterpret it, it is not because there is something ‘missing’ in the art.

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Realistic Application of Force

There is a reason that large and strong persons are successful in judo, jiu jitsu, and wrestling. Size, weight and strength are big factors in winning. In martial sports, a level playing field is important for the sport. Spectators and players alike want it to be difficult. What would be interesting or fun about matching a 275 pound, six foot – six inch tall competitor against a five foot- five inch 120 pound competitor when all training and rules are the same for both competitors? It would be a wipe out in a few minutes at best and the outcome is predictable. Therefore sporting event organizers generally do not set up this kind of event. Rules, weight, size and other factors are all matched as evenly as possible.

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Long range, Close range, Hard force then Soft

WingTsun™ is taught in stages. The most direct techniques are taught first, applying the techniques of the first form, (the little idea form). When somebody attacks by throwing a short hook or grabbing your shirt or neck from the front, the straight punch while quickly stepping in is your first fighting lesson, closing in from a longer range to close range, right in his face. This, of course, is very basic. Practice results in developing timing and position so that an attacker cannot easily counter-attack. The punch and the forward stance are based on the first few movements of the first form. These movements are efficient and address very common attacks.

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Simultaneous Defense and Offense

WingTsun™ utilizes defense (blocks) and offense (punches, strikes, kicks) at the same moment. The beginning student gets a taste of this training in the first two or three classes. It is difficult to find this kind of mental training anywhere except in such a class, particularly while training for self-defense and fitness.

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Because of the idea of simplicity, Leung Ting WingTsun® affords the beginner the realistic opportunity to become proficient in a whole kung fu system.

WingTsun, which is a southern Chinese kung fu system, is simpler in several ways than Shaolin kung fu. WingTsun has just three forms (kuen, in Chinese kata in Japanese, hyung in Korean). Many different Shaolin systems have anywhere from 9 to 50 different choreographed forms which form the ‘shape’ of the system. A student might learn all of the forms and still not be able to defend or fight effectively since forms are not the path to fighting skill or self-defense effectiveness. Applying the techniques of the forms through practice drills and fighting training is the way. The founders of WingTsun recognized the real purpose of forms which is to build the shape of the system at each level within the student’s muscle memory and quite often to perform a meditation and breathing exercise. The forms also represent an important mental ritual.

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Lat Sau

In the Wing Tsunworld, Lat Sau means “free-hand fighting.”  Lat Sau comes after chi sau.  In other words, chi sau is a bridge toward actual fighting. Chi sau (sticky hands) is an exercise that has combative elements but is not full-on fighting.  Chi sau practice builds sensitivity in the arms or legs to the movements of our attacker.  It enables a defender to counter instantly in response to the mode of attack.  Of course, chi sau creates an artificial situation in order to focus on building the skill of the feeling of our attacker’s movements through arm and leg contact.

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Is WingTsun for Fighting or Improving Yourself?

Laypeople and the public at large normally view the practice of martial arts as something for tough guys or violent people.  They get the message which the media sends loud and clear and the message from the martial arts promoters themselves: Learn to hurt somebody with your bare hands. The message stops there.

We get the question often:  If WingTsun is so good, why doesn’t a WingTsun expert fight in the mixed martial arts matches? The promoters of mixed martial arts like to claim that the ring they fight in is reality fighting.  However if it was reality fighting, it would have been banned years ago by authorities.  Many efforts were made to do this.  The promoters responded by making even more rules, disallowing more techniques as “illegal.” The claims about reality fighting have stuck and the promoters are very successful with this marketing.

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The Surprise Attack

The public is well acquainted with hand-to-hand duals.  In other words two fighters face each other, then one attacks and the other is forced to counter attack.  It could be in a sports venue, it could be two antagonists that want to “duke it out” on the street or in a bar.  However in discussions about fighting and self defense, discussions about incidents involving the surprise attack are much fewer.

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Conquering Your Fear

Lay people always ask me, “Do I have to be in shape, ‘do the splits like Van Damme’ or ‘like to fight’ to be good at kung-fu?” “No,”  I answer.  “You just have to have some intestinal fortitude.” Surprised, they ask why.  The reason is because a student must face his or her own deficiencies every time they come to class. This, and not the hard work, is the most difficult part. This fact is countered by the student’s fierce desire to correct these deficiencies and develop the confidence of knowing that if grabbed, swung at or otherwise threatened, the student can stand his or her ground and dissipate or channel fear into action.

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Go Forward

WingTsun™ Techniques that work well when standing still, work better when the defender advances forward while defending.

The WingTsun defender’s hands are also in a constant state of forward energy through their practice of WingTsun ‘sticky hands.’

In WingTsun training, time and energy are not wasted.  A forward step is not just a step.  The step also functions as a stepping pin, a sweep, a kick, or a kick defense!

Life analogies to forward energy and forward action are abundant in WingTsun . In life, we want to move forward. We can move forward in our career, romance, finances, living environment and personal development.

We can also move forward past difficulties and seemingly endless life road blocks if that is our way.

Such is the mind-set of WingTsun…