Our Wing Tsun training is truly one of the traditional, non-traditional martial arts. Inside Wing Tsun’s traditional training, lies the applications for common attacks. Most martial arts are learned by training with other students in the same martial art. However Wing Tsun instructors long ago realized that Wing Tsun, were it to be applied for real, would be applied against non-Wing Tsun attackers of every shape, size and stripe.
Therefore our classes in Arizona have programs within the traditional teachings and outside the traditional teachings in special courses that use Wing Tsun concepts in real life scenarios.
The basic idea of traditional Wing Tsun is that all attacks have to be of two types, circular and linear. If the attack is circular, Wing Tsun’s straight-line attacks beat the circular path due to much shorter distance. This is partly what is meant by the ‘little idea,” which is the literal translation of the name of the first form, Siu Nim Tau.
If the attack is linear, Wing Tsun training is very on-board with linear attacks as well as weapon attacks.
Once the little idea is understood, more complexity can be built-upon with early training as a base. However, more complexity need not be taught to learn a few simple ideas from the first form such as slap hand, palm-up hand, splitting hand, character sun thrusting punch, bar arm, whisking arm, and a few ideas from the second form such as front thrusting kick, hacking elbows, and footwork.
Unlike so many other martial arts, Wing Tsun ideas are not obsessed with teaching you to kick high, using spinning kicks and back-knuckles, or getting all your power into one punch or kick. Wing Tsun has very different ideas on how to maximize efficiency, how to use your attacker’s power, how to get power of your own and how best to hit the target. Safety is first.
Many martial arts “borrow” material from Wing Tsun. However we are a direct source with a direct understanding of how they are applied.
-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg