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Learning Any Martial Art

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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Long range, Close range, Hard force then Soft

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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Self Confidence

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

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What is Behind Wing Tsun’s Close Range Techniques?

What is Behind Wing Tsun’s Close Range Techniques?

Legend has it that Wing Tsun was invented by a woman named Ng Mui who later taught it to a female teenager named Yim Wing Tsun. There is some dispute among historians about this story. However the techniques give substantial evidence that it could be true. At every turn there is some technical reason to believe that a woman developed Wing Tsun. Only a woman would give such great consideration to design every technique to not clash with an attacker’s force, but rather to borrow the force. At no point does a Wing Tsun trainee have to lift, push, or otherwise resist an attack by direct force.

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Jumped

Jumped

What can I do if I am jumped from behind? This is a common enough question that gets asked of martial arts instructors. The best answer, of course, is “…do not let that happen.” This might be easier said than done in many cases, especially if you are not a big person or carry yourself with a lot of awareness and confidence. In WingTsun™ kung fu training, we have simple ways to turn and face an attacker. Of course there are no one-sentence or two minute training methods for this question. Once you have turned, then what? A defender’s response depends on many factors. Among them are whether the attacker has a weapon, are you being grabbed, are you being struck, do you have room to move?

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The Surprise Attack

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

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

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…

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Wing Tsun™ Dynamics

Wing Tsun™ Dynamics

Wing Tsun is first learned as a series of fixed positions so that the beginner can become acquainted with the concepts used.  For example, we place many of our #defensive arm positions along the line that connects the chest of two participants.  This line is called the center-line.  It takes some practice to keep the positions constant while standing still.  When this skill is developed in a variety of technique positions, the student can then use them in more #dynamic self-defense applications.  Wing Tsun effectiveness lies in the learning of these basic concepts well and then applying these concepts to much more realistic attacks.

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Sticky hands

Sticky hands

In learning #chi sau, the WingTsun™ student learns the most unique and coveted of martial arts skills. Sometimes called “sticky hands,” the student is trained to “stick” to the arms of one’s opponent. In this way a practitioner’s hands can receive important information about your attacker’s balance, position, his telegraphed intentions, his flexibility or rigidity.

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