In my self defense classes in Gilbert AZ, I teach the Wing Tsun concepts of a certain topic each time I present the class. By understanding how Wing Tsun concepts work against certain types of assaults, students can work out the problems with clashing of forces, angles, and the using of an attacker’s force.

It can be useful for some martial arts students to develop self-defense scenarios in their mind. In other words, ask yourself “what if this happened?” OK, most of my students already know that if somebody asks, “What if I took a swing at you?” or “What would you do…,” that this can be a useless and even dangerous verbal exercise. After all, you really don’t know how they will attack until they actually do.

However, it can be useful to speculate with yourself. In other words, “How well would I do in a real encounter?” “What WOULD I do if somebody came around a corner and tried to grab or hit me?” These mental exercises can help you visualize the beginning, the middle and the end of an attack defended by classical WingTsun movements. This can also aid your self-confidence. After this self-speculation, you can try these techniques out in the class or get with a martial arts friend and see how the speculation would work.

Don’t be deterred if the speculation ends in a failure when trying it out with the friend for the first time. This is an important part of your learning process. Animals do this. The momma bear teaches her cubs a certain amount and then the cubs use playtime to try out what they have learned. A certain amount of rough play will usually result in some minor scrapes and bruises but this is all part of the learning process. You shouldn’t be trying to knock each other into the next county. Through personal trial and error, you learn what you can and cannot do.

The important part I express in my self defense classes in Gilbert is that you learn how to circumvent an attack. In a real situation, this usually means that you will have to inflict enough pain or injury on your attacker so they will consider the attempt “not worth it.”

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg