Narrow it down
You can learn to punch. You can learn to kick. Fine. What, then, are you actually doing when you punch or when you kick? What is the range? What is the purpose? When you punch or kick air, you are practicing the flight path and the energy of the movement. In Wing Tsun™, many of the movements are taken in isolation at first. This teaches a student the precise thing that is happening. What muscles are being tensed? What is it supposed to feel like? How does one emit power?
When the movement is correct, the student is taught how the movement is applied. If a student is taught several techniques at the same time before the stance or the hand movement is explained, none of the parts work as they should. It is important that the student understand the dynamics of all the parts. In Wing Tsun, we use energy efficient techniques. This compresses the time factor so effective speed is enhanced. We also seek to take a shorter path to the target than our opponent. If this is not possible, Wing Tsun has redundant systems to take care of this as well as practical solutions and “safety valves.”
When several techniques are learned that can be combined, the student can learn an application in a reasonably realistic set-up attack. Some programmed scenarios are designed to hone skill in combinations, not to teach a choreographed dance routine. A choreographed routine has no chance of working in a real situation. Simple movements learned well such as a pinning hand with a straight-line punch or a side-ward palm with a straight-line punch can work in a very large number of situations. The concept is flexible. Wing Tsun technique is simple. In my workout space at my home I have two scrolls with Chinese characters. One says Clarity. The other says Simplicity.