Your insides

If you find your insides need attention and find yourself at the beck and call of something other than your personal well being twenty-four-seven, you might consider that your insides, a.k.a. your health and mental peace might be important too. It is not just about what you deserve. It is about what you must have to be fully human. WingTsun™ offers a constructive reason to get away for a few evenings a week to better yourself.

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A Moment in Time…

Come What May – WingTsun™

Part of the philosophy of WingTsun training and follow through in a real self-defense situation is sort of a present moment outlook which is that we focus on what we are doing now, not what just occurred and not what might occur in the next few minutes, hours, days, weeks or even longer. This doesn’t mean we cannot have a goal. However we cannot let our mind drift and get torn away from our focus on the present moment. Our goal will be realized when it is and not before.

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WingTsun™ and the Ego

by Keith Sonnenberg, Sifu

My younger kung fu brother in Texas quoted something on a post at our association web site heard generally in WT (WingTsun) circles, “If you really want to learn Leung Ting WingTsun®, it is best to leave your ego at the door.”

I have not seen anybody who can learn WingTsun techniques instantly, not even talented athletes or highly experienced martial artists. It is basically the same for everybody and WingTsun training is the great equalizer. All students start on the same level and we teach you step by step according to a well organized teaching system. A student must leave preconceived notions at the door, this includes how well or how poorly you will do. If you think you will do badly or you think you will do well, you are right! This means that the attitude you bring with you will determine the outcome! You are the architect of your success or otherwise. There is no reason a person can bring with them why they cannot learn WingTsun.

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Does self defense take a long time to learn?

Maybe.

Does self defense take a long time to learn? It depends on you. If it does take you a long time to learn to defend yourself, what is the alternative? Do you wish to trust your future health and safety to luck or do you want to steer your own course?

Is it expensive to learn martial arts and self-defense?

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 WingTsun™ vs. other martial arts

One of the most important differences between Leung Ting WingTsun® and other martial arts is the idea of DIRECT versus INDIRECT…

This concept is related to the straight-line / center line concept and so I must explain this concept first in order to make the DIRECT versus INDIRECT concept clearer. In WingTsun, we always attack and simultaneously defend with the center line in mind. The center line is the shortest straight-line. While our WingTsun fighter is guarding this line 100% of the time, our attacker is forced to go around the center line defenses to try and grab or hit our WingTsun fighter.

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Women Can Defend With WingTsun™

Women can defend defend themselves against larger, stronger male attackers because WingTsun™ teaches a skill that involves using an attacker’s strength.  However what makes WingTsun different than a dozen other arts who claim this is that WingTsun focuses on soft power which recognizes that speed is squared times mass equals force.  In other words speed is more important in generating force than mass.

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Preconceived Ideas and Siu Nim Tau

The WingTsun™ form Siu Nim Tau is intended to teach a beginner to begin fresh and forget one’s preconceived ideas. The ideas include not only your high school gym class embarrassments, your yoga class, your basketball tryout bust, your karate classes, your winning year in soccer, your power lifting successes but also your preconceived ideas as to your true abilities, good or bad.

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Learning Any Martial Art 

In today’s world and the demand for instant gratification, we have instant messaging, fast food, everything is wireless, and we have ‘mixed martial arts’ which is assumed to bestow martial arts skills of several styles in relatively short order. The mind of the uninitiated novice might jump to the incorrect conclusion that learning several styles is no problem at all; just join an ‘MMA’ gym.

Of course this is not the case at all. To learn a martial art one must also train in a martial art. Unlike the movie “The Matrix” we cannot download kung fu skills into our cerebellum from a computer! The body must be trained.

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Are You Self-Confident?

If you were faced with an attack, are you confident enough to take care of yourself?
A great deal of self-confidence comes from within. However we could all use a good vehicle to take us there. WingTsun™ might be that vehicle for you.

WingTsun’s scientific approach and method is so overwhelmingly logical according to the physical laws of energy, geometry and angles, timing, mobility, and gravity that WingTsun’s logic supports any insecurity you may have. If 2 + 2 = 4, the only thing left is your practice.

Experienced instructors are very important in the study of WingTsun. At WingTsun Arizona, we have that unbroken experience stretching back to the earliest years of the Yip Man heritage in the Phoenix area in the 1970s. We can help you on your journey.

In physical training, everybody has good days and bad days in training and in life. With physical training, that comes with the territory. That idea aside, however, you can become self-confident in your training with us.

– Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

Self Confidence

WingTsun™ training might take you out of your comfort zone. If so, this can only be a big plus for your self confidence, if not now, then in the very near future.

As a martial art, WingTsun is also a system for step-by-step learning. Once you have learned to do separate things with each hand at the same time, you know you are on your way.

Once you have learned to advance forward in a stance with all the weight on one leg allowing you to throw kick at an attacker with the unweighted leg without signaling your attacker, you know you have come further down the road.

The ability to intercept and stay with an attacker’s arms will give you further confidence that you can achieve more.

If an attacker can grab, block, or interrupt your punch without it affecting your forward advance, your kick, or your other hand, it will add to your self confidence.

This is what we do at Wing Tsun Arizona and in the Leung Ting WingTsun® system.

– Sifu Keith Sonnenberg