At Wing Tsun Martial Arts in Gilbert AZ, we start your training where it should start; at the beginning. For those considering learning just the sticky hands techniques and applications (even just a few of them) of Wing Chun (or Ving Tsun or even Wing Tsun), from an instructor willing to try and teach it to a novice or a person of another style that may not have been taught the first part of the system, there is a caveat. Do not expect what you have been shown to work for you in real situations. Wing Tsun is not a grab bag of techniques that you can just pull out of context, mimic and be able to use in a real situation.
Leung Ting WingTsun® chi sau works because of the footwork learned prior to sticky hands. A student’s education in stances and stepping, as well as training in the Wing Tsun center-line hand techniques and concepts are crucial to the technique’s practicality.
In Wing Tsun, one must empty one’s cup, an idea from the Tao Te Ching, http://tao-in-you.com/tag/lao-tzu-45/ . Wing Tsun’s basics are easy to see and comprehend. Wing Tsun’s larger concepts are an abstract idea which will not be understood immediately. It takes time for it to sink into one’s bones.
In addition, Leung Ting WingTsun® wooden dummy techniques work in certain less common circumstances and is more advanced and more difficult to learn than basic techniques. They are not more useful or more important than basic techniques. At our classes, you will learn first things first, second things second and so on.
Wing Tsun Martial Arts in Gilbert AZ is the home of Leung Ting WingTsun®, a branch of the largest association of followers of a Yip Man lineage in the world.
-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg