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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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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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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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

Your Siu Nim Tau practice is efficient…

Your Siu Nim Tau practice represents an efficient way to learn the basics of WingTsun™. It contains every basic idea – a condensed set of movements intended for your daily practice. Some of the highlights are:

1. Front thrusting punch
2. The three ‘seed’ techniques, tan sau, fook sau, bong sau
3. Double-hand movements to take care of frontal and rear attacks
4. Defense against attacks from the side
5. Breathing techniques for health
6. Stretch in the upper body joints
7. Leg strengthening by remaining in one place for the duration

– Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

A Fortune Cookie

Remember when the fortune cookies that we got after a meal at a Chinese restaurant had the silly sayings inside them and seemed to be meaningless entertainment?  I believe that most still are.  However I have had a recent run of good sayings inside these little deserts. 

The latest is:  “Attention is the mother of memory.”

How true this is.  If we want to remember something, we have to pay attention. All too often in this speeded-up culture we are not paying attention and we forget a lot. 

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Grounding

“WingTsun will keep you grounded and that grounding doesn’t run dry after a couple years or even twenty years.  Americans need spiritual and ego grounding these days, perhaps more than anything else.”  – Defying the odds

Here is the Mayo Clinic’s take on gaining focus:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/how-to-focus/AN02168

 

WingTsun™ is a way to Functional Fitness

Do you have trouble jumping onto the treadmill and hoofing it for 30 minutes?  Do you have trouble dropping to the floor and doing 20 push-ups?  How about ten arm curls with each arm with a 25 pound dumbbell on a Sunday afternoon?  Would you feel strange or afraid stepping onto a floor with a lot of screaming dudes in white uniforms lunge punching with blood-curdling intensity?

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Wing Tsun Kung Fu Chain Punches, part I

I just checked out a post by Robert JR Graham on his site called Kung Fu Chain PunchesIt is really my article on Three WingTsun Kung Fu Punches.  The article discusses the three different WingTsun punches that are taught in three separate WingTsun forms, Siu Nim Tau, Chum Kiu and Biu Tze.  At the end, the point is made that in WingTsun, many things are done in threes.  The three chain punches at the end of the forms recognize that humans only have two hands.  If you throw three punches and your opponent tries to block each one with each hand, he does not have a hand left to defend the third punch!