Home Projects in WingTsun™ Kung Fu:

A student working for higher skill levels should be scheduling his or her “home projects” once per week or once per month in WingTsun™ training.  Based on the “little idea” concept, a student should work to perfect one simple skill such as the changing man sau position from left man sau to right man sau or the Sun Thrusting punch with huen sau or the turning stance. The student should consider what he or she feels the need to work on this week or this month and work on it exclusively at home or almost exclusively together with a ten minute workout.  Using this kind of focus, one can soon do away with problems coping with more advanced techniques at the WingTsun classes.

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The Question I Always Get: Weight Training?

When I began Leung Ting WingTsun® training under Great Grandmaster Leung Ting, one of the first big points he made was that I was to avoid weight training because it would tighten my muscles and I would not learn the “force borrowing” skills or the “soft power” skills of WingTsun™.  Although it was controversial in many circles at that time, I followed his instructions.

All these many years later, I realize why he gave me those instructions.  Followers of many physical disciplines and sports can #benefit from a concurrent program of weight training.  However in WingTsun it is very difficult to mentally and physically reconcile the two training programs and get full performance at the same time …

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Part of the Mental Training

Part of the mental training of WingTsun is in the Siu Nim Tau and Chum Kiu forms training. Doing the Siu Nim Tau each and every day is vitally important to clarifying one’s thinking. Once or twice is enough if it is done well. The movements themselves are less important than one’s mental attitude during the session. The peace and tranquility of the session is the first thing. Turn off radios and televisions. Get some cool air moving gently (not blowing cold air). Move through the faster movements with medium power and medium speed. Do not rush through it. Move and be very relaxed but brisk.

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Many laypeople believe that a martial art is just for self defense. Others say “If you are so worried about somebody attacking you, why not carry a gun or stay out of bad neighborhoods.” Others believe that martial arts are some kind of cult, or “fight club.” Until you begin the training at a true martial arts school, you may not understand the personal benefits of WingTsun™ training that go beyond self defense. Many believe that if you start martial arts training, you must think you are tough. Surely it must be the opposite. By starting martial arts training, you must think you need some toughening! “Tough guys” usually do not last with an instructor who was properly taught by an instructor with a traditional attitude. The traditional societal attitude was that martial arts were for personal and family protection, not for bullying others and so bullies are screened out in a good martial arts school.

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Dynamic book

I recommend the book Dynamic WingTsun Kung Fu by Grandmaster Leung Ting as a good beginner book, especially for those who want to see where the basic training leads, even beyond the famous chi sau techniques.  There are many photos, basic diagrams for hand technique and floor diagrams for footwork, drawings, mottos and principals explained that help reinforce true WingTsun™ principals and your training at classes. Read more

Time and Place

It is said that WingTsun™ can be used at “any time and any place.”  It is true. WingTsun techniques or its principals can be used at any time or any place. One does not have to get into a low stance first or even draw the hand back for a full long bridge punch. The adduction of the character-two stance allows a defender to maintain balance, even on slippery surfaces without sacrificing mobility. Moving forward in a WingTsun advancing step does not require one foot to be placed in front of the other.

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WingTsun™ builds on your present abilities. Students have the opportunity to balance themselves inside and out with WingTsun training. In today’s world, we have numerous opportunities to lift weights, run the treadmill, jog and so on. WingTsun offers something different. WingTsun builds the physical core, teaches the student to use both hands and both feet at the same time (walk and chew gum), kick, punch, strike, throw, and use unique geometry and forces to defeat an attacker.  WingTsun is the specialist in self-defense but it does not ignore form. Form (kuen) is defined differently in WingTsun than in other martial arts. In the form Siu Nim Tau, a simple idea is taught together with simple breathing. Practice the breathing and be energized.

Getting Over the Hump

The most difficult time is the beginning.  This is true in every athletic endeavor whether or not you are an athlete.

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Learning to control one’s muscles is one of the most important benefits of WingTsun™ training. Through consistent and repetitive training, both with and without a partner, success in learning techniques can be achieved. Through repetition, the mind and body can unify.

There is no real substitute for repetition. Your mind and body develops the neural pathways after consistent use. If the body is called upon to use a particular area of the body consistently, the body will develop that particular area, both in muscle tone, bone and nervous tissue. The learning takes place in the Cerebellum, a part of the brain located at its lower back portion. This is a clever adaptation of the body, since it takes less time for the body part to react if the center for this processing is closer to the area that is involved, i.e., the arm or leg.

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Training at Home:

  1. First, state to your friends (and yourself) out loud that your WingTsun™ training is important to you and “please do not interrupt my training unless the house is on fire.” Read more