The martial arts stretching methods we use are built-in to the Leung Ting WingTsun® system. The first stretching practice comes in the upper body stretching in the first form which is called Siu Nim Tau. Wing Tsun™ forms (kuen) are not used for performance purposes. They are intended for the student practitioner to improve him or herself.  

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Little things add up to plenty

Speaking as a Wing Tsun Self Defense instructor, in Wing Tsun, little things add up to plenty. The Leung Ting WingTsun® system works on skills, which is a difference from some performance-oriented martial arts wherein the goal is to look good. When working on skills, we teach the way things function for maximum results in a self defense situation. In the process of doing this, the student learns the way the body works and how to self-train at home between classes for self defense application.

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Can we measure how relevant is WingTsun martial arts training to your life? Most assuredly not. However, in a way similar to when you were a child learning the ABCs of the English language, the first form of WingTsun™ called Siu Nim Tau contains the ‘ABCs’ of WingTsun. All of WingTsun’s ‘little ideas’ are in the form. The techniques are each represented in the sequence of movements which later are expanded greatly in separate applications to form sentences (fighting applications). Your first day at class is like your life at your first day in school as a first grade student.

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Wing Tsun is Ambidextrous

 Wing Tsun is Ambidextrous or rather a student learns to use both hands well with Wing Tsun hand techniques through the training. The martial art of Wing Tsun starts with a series of movements which has 108 points called the “Little Idea Form.’ The form gives life to the concepts which are just a starting point for further development of the student’s capabilities.

Wing Tsun is a self-defense system and therefore takes into account that one never knows what situation will be encountered in an effort to defend oneself. Your attacker does not care if you are ‘right-handed’ or ‘left-handed’ for example.

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The Brain on Wing Tsun

The brain on Wing Tsun is about creating ‘muscle memory’ and is therefore a true mind-body exercise.The traumatic brain injury of Arizona U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 caused by a bullet to the head  highlighted some of the medical knowledge advances born out of soldier injuries during the two wars our country has recently been through. Rehabilitation from brain injuries apparently involves repeated movements that cause the human brain to create new areas that can take over for damaged ones to perform old tasks. According to CBS news, the soldier-patients undergoing the rehabilitation called progress “challenging.” The fact that it is challenging doesn’t take away the fact of their remarkable progress.

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Little things add up to plenty

Speaking as a Wing Tsun Self Defense instructor, in Wing Tsun, little things add up to plenty. The Leung Ting WingTsun® system works on skills, which is a difference from some performance-oriented martial arts wherein the goal is to look good. When working on skills, we teach the way things function for maximum results in a self defense situation. In the process of doing this, the student learns the way the body works and how to self-train at home between classes for self defense application.

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Your Self Confidence

WingTsun’s step-by-step training program addresses your self confidence. It helps the student gain self-confidence by taking the correct topics first before moving on to more advanced topics.

The style is designed as a teaching system and Grandmaster Leung Ting prefers the word ‘system’ to ‘style’ because it is more descriptive of what WingTsun™ is. Forms practice is not the main focus of WingTsun. However, it must be discussed because the forms are the conceptual basis and WingTsun is more of a concept than a ‘style.’

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Learn basic form and correct breathing with training in Wing Tsun kung fu. The basic form, Siu Nim Tau has a breathing method which calms you. The slow movements create a calm demeanor and builds balance in the body by slowing things down, both mentally and physically.  This is a big advantage in our fast paced, computerized society. The Siu Nim Tau teaches the basic movements from which come the self-defense ideas and methods.  Once the movements are learned, the breathing can commence!

You can enhance your experience with the form by combining it with correct breathing:  First think of your upper body as a big vessel such as a jar.  Then imagine it being filled with water as you breath in through the nose.  Let your abdomen swell up first as though it were being filled with water.  This goes contrary to our cultural resistance to a ‘fat belly’ but this gives your abdominal wall some stretching and strengthening.  It also causes your diaphragm which is under the lungs, to drop down making more room for air in the lungs. This is part of a well-known diaphragm strengthening exercise. Then let the chest fill up with ‘water’ (air) so that your entire torso seems filled up.  After you draw air in, let it out slowly through the mouth. Repeat this breath cycle at least three times each time your hand moves in and out with the tan sau, fook sau and wu sau movements characteristic of the Siu Nim Tau form.  The breathing will serve to focus the mind, enhance your over-all health, contribute to breath-control during exercise and condition your respiration activity.

– Keith Sonnenberg, Sifu

Instant Reactions in Leung Ting WingTsun®

WingTsun’s little idea is simple. React instantly to attack and use the straight-line to the target. Move “according to how the opponent moves.” To do this, one must train the footwork and cause the feet to spring to life and shoot inward toward the attacker like an arrow released from a bow.

As the photos illustrate, when an attack begins, get to the target first, before your attacker can change course. It is a simple matter of timing but also confidence. Training is the key. Instructors always call Wing Tsun ‘simple.’ It is not necessarily always simple to master but the “little idea” (Siu Nim Tau, the first form, translates as “the little idea form”) is a simple idea.

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Focus your attention

We have more distractions than ever today with the internet, mobile phones and other hand-held devices, work, play, transportation, personal relations and on and on. It therefore becomes more and more important that we learn to focus our attention on something that should be simple. How does one do that, one may ask?

Martial arts are usually divided up into learning sections called forms. Some martial arts have a dozen or more forms, others have a lot fewer. Leung Ting WingTsun® has three forms before the student reaches the highest levels at the wooden dummy set.

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