Just the WingTsun™ basics

If you want better health and fitness, you can practice just the WingTsun™ basics by repeating the “Little Idea Form,” the single punches with wrist circle, the turning stance, the advancing steps and basic drills from Student Grade One.  Also included in this are the circle step drills and the wrist circles- fook sau to wu sau- multiple times, 10-20 each day.  In a few weeks or a few months, you will see the difference in your joint mobility and energy levels in your daily life!  It’s a big payoff for such a gentle, low impact effort!

The WingTsun™ Stance

The story of simplicity in the Leung Ting WingTsun® system continues with the adduction stance also referred to as the Character Two Adduction Stance.  It is so-named because if you draw a line between the toes and another line between the heels in this stance, this formation is the Chinese character for the number “2.”  In WingTsun, we have just one basic stance compared to some other systems that have as many as eight different stances.  If a practitioner is suddenly attacked on the street, how does one mentally choose which stance to use when a knife or a fist is on its way to your body?  Answer:  You do not.  You might have a micro-second to decide.

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Wrist circling

An observer may note that WingTsun™ practitioners repeat the circling of the wrist numerous times during the course of practicing a WingTsun form (kuen). Is this just an obsession? No it is not. The founder must have thought that this was an important practice and it is. In fact it is has been referred to as part of the “chi kung” of WingTsun. It is a strength-building and beneficial exercise to be sure. However like all WingTsun movements, wrist circling has a very practical and extensive number of applications.

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Circling step

One of the first techniques that WingTsun™ students learn is the circling step. By itself, the circling step seems like a meaningless exercise.  However, the act of circling one’s leg around an oncoming attacker’s leg makes good sense when you see how it is used. Your leg makes a tight circle around an attacker’s leg thus evading the attacker’s strong, approaching force…

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Narrow it down

You can learn to punch. You can learn to kick. Fine. What, then, are you actually doing when you punch or when you kick? What is the range? What is the purpose? When you punch or kick air, you are practicing the flight path and the energy of the movement. In Wing Tsun™, many of the movements are taken in isolation at first. This teaches a student the precise thing that is happening. What muscles are being tensed? What is it supposed to feel like? How does one emit power?

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Centerline . . .

Start with an advantage.  The Leung Ting WingTsun® system does.  We find the shortest distance between two points so that we always control the shortest distance to our target. That distance of course, is a straight line.  In the WingTsun™ system, the line is called the centerline and forms the line from your chest to your opponent’s chest.  WingTsun students learn to defend this line with a lead hand called man sau and a rear hand called wu sau…

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