I might go out on a limb and say that most people who want to get into a program involving fitness training, be it martial arts, personal trainer, 24-hour gyms, and anything else, do not know where to start and how to keep going. The tendency I see is that many people have been sedentary for so long, they do not know how far out of shape they are. When they start out, they are thrown for a loop. Their whole body is sore, perhaps for a week.

The advantage of Wing Tsun is that we have, small, very doable techniques that can act as a starting point. We can break down the techniques to their component parts. In fact, that is partly what the beginner form does. The Siu Nim Tau form has a student throwing just one hand at a time in technical movements. We can take each movement and work them multiple times. A daily regimen of these simple movements may not seem like much, but the teach you the technical side while getting your body ready for my complex movements. If you cannot afford to be in bed for three or four days, just work your arms twenty reps a day.

Here is an example:

  1. Single thrusting punch with wrist circle…20 reps each arm.
  2. Crossed tan sau to crossed gaun sau, kwun sau and back…15 reps per day.
  3. Sideward palm to front stamping palm and wrist circle…20 reps with each hand per day.
  4. Chain punches…25 reps, build to 50 reps within two weeks.

The idea here is that tests have shown a couple of things. First, developing muscles and muscle tone speeds up metabolism. If you are active with the techniques, you have a fat burner and it is called your muscles.

Second, getting a routine of movement prepares you mentally to slowly build yourself up again. If you start with the smaller muscles, you are getting the body ready to burn fat a again. When you can graduate to using your legs as the fat burner, you will be on your way. If you start to soon and over do it, you might be done before you start.

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg