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The Miscasting of Martial Arts

The Miscasting of Martial Arts

Our modern culture has reclassified physical movement disciplines into its own little bucket of definable terms.  Leung Ting WingTsun® kung fu is ‘kung fu’ and is not a sport.  In fact, it might be more accurate to call it WingTsun wu shu.  Kung fu means “hard work – achieving skill” whereas wu shu means “military art” which is more precise description of WingTsun even though Leung Ting WingTsun® is more civilian in nature but uses the military smarts of Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese general and master strategist.

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Some WingTsun™ principals…

Some WingTsun™ principals…

1)      Use the straight-line – guard the center line

2)      Simultaneous defense with offense – hit and defend at the same time

3)      Do not clash with your attacker’s force

4)      Use your attacker’s movement to trigger your own counter attack

5)      Use your attacker’s force to enhance your own counterattacking force

6)      One hand controls two

7)      Move forward while defending

8)      No backward steps

9)      Fight nose-to-nose, not nose to fist

10)   100 percent of the weight on the back leg

11)   Step into your attacker’s area

12)   Start later, arrive first

13)   Keep both feet on the ground unless you are sure to land a kick

14)   When grabbed, hit

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WT vs. the indirect arts

WT vs. the indirect arts

One of the most important differences between Leung Ting WingTsun® and other arts is the DIRECT versus INDIRECT concept…

This concept goes hand-in-hand with the straight-line / centerline concept and so I must explain this concept first in order to make the DIRECT versus INDIRECT concept clearer.  In WingTsun, we always attack and simultaneously defend along the centerline.  The centerline is the shortest straight-line.  While our WingTsun fighter is guarding this line 100% of the time, our attacker is forced to go around the centerline defenses to try and grab or hit our WingTsun fighter.

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Part of the Mental Training

Part of the Mental Training

Part of the mental training of WingTsun is in the Siu Nim Tau and Chum Kiu forms training. Doing the Siu Nim Tau each and every day is vitally important to clarifying one’s thinking. Once or twice is enough if it is done well. The movements themselves are less important than one’s mental attitude during the session. The peace and tranquility of the session is the first thing. Turn off radios and televisions. Get some cool air moving gently (not blowing cold air). Move through the faster movements with medium power and medium speed. Do not rush through it. Move and be very relaxed but brisk.

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YouTube video

See the video interview about WingTsun on a local TV station:

WingTsun on Channel 10

 

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WingTsun, A Different Concept

WingTsun, A Different Concept

WingTsun™ cannot be classified so easily in to the framework of the spectrum of martial arts.  It is a descendant of techniques sometimes called Siu Lam (Shaolin) kung fu.  More likely it is based on techniques from several older systems.  It is not necessary to claim that it came from Siu Lam in order to categorize its quality.  WingTsun is also a southern Chinese system and that generally means that it is not an acrobatic martial art, favoring instead, close range hand techniques and low kicks. The arms are normally kept low at the elbows in order to protect the flanks.  This is as far as the similarity goes to other martial arts…

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Jesse Glover R.I.P.

Jesse Glover R.I.P.

I only met Jesse Glover once.  It was at the Bruce and Brandon Lee Memorial Banquet in Seattle in April of 1999.  We had a nice but short conversation about Bruce Lee and about my Si-hing, GM Keith Kernspecht having learned from him for a short time in the late 1970s I believe.  My main interest at the time was finding out if his self-published book called Bruce Lee was still available.  It turned out it that it was and he told me how to get a copy!  An icon of the martial arts, may Jesse Glover rest in peace!

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Women and WingTsun™ Kung Fu

Women and WingTsun™ Kung Fu

Many women think they don’t have a chance against a man in a violent confrontation so some say “why bother.” Actually women have an excellent chance of defending themselves; equal to men, if they get the proper
training.

A woman has just as much leg strength as a man pound for pound.

A woman is capable of great speed

A woman has less investment in an ego to protect concerning strength which is not an emphasis in WingTsun™ training.  In fact, it is important that strength not be used.

A woman is normally more flexible than a man.

A woman is practical.

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WingTsun: A highly relevant martial art in this day and age

WingTsun: A highly relevant martial art in this day and age

WingTsun™ Kung Fu is a highly relevant martial art system in this modern era. Notice that I did not say “system of self defense” or “method of fighting” or “way to better health” or otherwise define it. It is not always useful to define WingTsun because WingTsun Kung Fu is multi-faceted.

WingTsun is useful because of its practical nature for self-defense. Getting this benefit does not take an eternity.

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