The martial art techniques used by Wing Tsun practitioners are economical in movement. They are geared toward self-defense and stopping an attacker. Wing Tsun has always been a self-defense system and so the techniques are strictly practical in real situations. There is no sport application. There is a lot of talk about sparring in various internet articles, expounding on the benefits. Certainly, there must be some interaction and realistic application training to be an effective training. Sparring offers this kind of effective training. Without it, how does one respond if the student does not know the natural of the attack? A student must learn how to react, should he or she see a technique coming and how to respond in a fast and tense exchange.
In our martial arts classes in Mesa AZ, technically in the town of Gilbert just across the Mesa city line, we teach the Leung Ting WingTsun® system which, in part, uses body structure to add strength and effectiveness to the movements.
Virtually all martial arts have a structure concept. In the same way as a bridge, the correct structure will add strength to something that did not have it before. A human being is a living, moving creature. It cannot have a long life and function well without good structure.
Beginners in WingTsun learn a basic form called Siu Nim Tau which is translated as “little idea form.” It is unlike forms from other martial arts because it does not move from one spot. Instead it focuses on hand technique. It is not choreography for eye appeal and demonstrations but rather a sequence that is designed for the student’s beneficial practice.
For a student to progress from form to application, drills such as lead arm defenses teach how to respond to punching-range attacks with certain hand defenses from a certain distance and simultaneously counter the attack, passively. This is done by repetition.
Internet surfers for martial arts information, tips, philosophy and other info may have run across the assertion that Wing Chun is simple or stated another way, it is one of the simpler martial arts perhaps because it has only three forms or it has low kicks or other reasons. The only problem is, none of this is true.
Wing Tsun is neither simpler to learn nor more difficult to learn than a great number of other martial arts.
We have all seen the offers and videos to sell a martial arts dummy or give away martial arts dummy instruction. There are many versions of martial arts dummies on the market. Some of these altered versions of the original ancient devices may have some benefit to a user if the user is realistic enough to know that this small device is not going to turn them into a master of martial arts overnight. The Chinese martial arts dummy has seen alterations from the original wooden construction to plastic, composites and even metal.
Rest assured, for all you students and other practitioners in your martial arts training at home, you may use equipment or you may do without it. Equipment can be a great help. However, the particular martial arts style or system will have a lot to do with equipment and what kind, if any. Some styles do not believe in using a mirror, for example.
In part one, back in June, we wrote about equipment. This time we will go through the mental aspects of training.
It has become common to see videos on the internet showing a series of self defense moves and then the maker of the video claiming that these are the best ways to counter ‘these attacks’ or these ‘ring fighting’ techniques.
In fact, the unfortunate trend in martial arts training has been examining specific techniques for validity versus some theoretical idea of how a street fighter or criminal attacker or ring fighter might attack instead of understanding concepts. For many, many years, martial arts instructors have stated that one cannot learn martial arts from a video and yet here we have a whole generation of internet video fans attempting to do just that.
One can enter into martial arts training and learn a series of movements only, or one can enter into training and understand what those movements mean beyond function and structure. If you are lucky enough to be in a martial art that has a traceable lineage and a story behind its creation, even better. The history of a martial art is often the clue as to whether the movements have a practical benefit. All martial arts are not created equal.
In ancient times there never was such a thing as martial art clothing as you might expect. Style-specific martial art clothing only came into fashion when karate was made a sport in the early 20th century in Japan.
In today’s martial arts world, it is expected that one will have to purchase a uniform when joining a club or school. This makes it great because you will not have to sweat in your office clothes or risk getting those clothes damaged.
Best Self Defense Martial Art
One perspective is that the best self defense martial art is probably the one you are taking right now. This is because if you are currently learning something that bills itself as a self defense martial art and if you stop now and start over to learn a new set of reflexes it delays your ultimate goal of gaining self-defense skill. Self-defense is more than a set of techniques that you drill over and over. It is an attitude that you should be able to turn on and turn off and use instantly if the need arises.
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