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…

In order to hit your center of mass which is your centerline, your opponent must (a) go through two different hands at points along the centerline.  Our shoulders are squared and parallel to our opponent.  The other choice (b) is to take the longer route around these two hands with crossing or hooking punches or grapples.  In this case, you still control the centerline and thus the shortest distance.  Along this line, we are able to deliver simultaneous attacks and defenses, usually while stepping forward using a lead leg to pull ourselves along with all the weight on the back leg.  The lead leg takes the role of the lead hand which is to defend the first attack as it comes or attack with that leg since the attacker must take a longer route to the target.