The first form, called the Little Idea Form, teaches one hand at a time, standing in one place. The second section of the form teaches two hands at a time doing the same technique. The third section of the form uses more complex movements using one hand at a time. The whole set of movements, all three sections are performed standing in one place.
The second form adds in mobile footwork and two hands doing two different tasks. It contains elements of multiple attacker skills training. It also contains three different kicking methods.
The one thing Wing Tsun training does better than anything is to coordination left and right hands. Both hands will soon be doing different tasks at the same time. The reason for this is so that you can defend and attack at the same time. We do not “block” and attack at the same time. Defending in Wing Tsun is deflecting, dissolving, or evading an attack. Once that is underway, you learn the footwork. Unlike other martial arts, you keep 100% of your body weight on one leg at a time in real fighting. To accomplish this, the muscles that are worked are different than any common place activity requires. The Leung Ting WingTsun® system teaches the three forms, Siu Nim Tau, Chum Kiu, Biu Tze, then the wooden dummy techniques. Starting with the 3rd Student Grade, you learn the single are sticky hands. The sticky hands based on the first two forms has seven sections of techniques which extend into the Primary Level Technician rank. There are sticky hands programs all the way up to the 5th Level Practition rank. Lat sau (free-hand-fighting) is based on close-range sticky hands concepts plus long-range applications.
This is just the beginning. When your mind is challenged to control your body movements, it also puts you in a different frame of mind. Now is the time to build your mind and body as a well-functioning unit.
Wing Tsun is a collection of useful tools. Each tool has many different uses. The Grandmaster of Wing Tsun™, Leung Ting calls his system “flexible.” What is meant by that is that you learn the application of the techniques as you learn the techniques. However, once the techniques are learned, it is important to learn how to apply them in real situations and fight practice. Attack “A” is not defended by defense “B.” Situations do not occur like that. A practitioner must be educated enough to flow and change the position flexibly to defend. It is the concept which is important.
-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg