A man dressed in black jumps out of the dark area behind the shrub and reaches for your neck. Your training kicks in and you step sideways, and he turns you as he grabs your shoulder. You didn’t choose to turn in that manner. He turned you, but it surprises him. You lift a punch under his left arm and connect with the soft tissue behind his chin. The noise is sickening as he bites his tongue and screams but you do not stop. You follow up with chain punches to his nose! He falls back and holds his face. You decide to bolt out of there, glad that you have your safety and your life.
Wing Tsun is completely different in its approach to getting power. For those immersed in another discipline, this statement is met with a lot of skepticism. It just seems easier to develop power using a person’s native power to hit or kick. Internal power has a mysterious ring to it.
To clarify the reason for Wing Tsun’s internal power, we must explain why this approach is the one we take in Wing Tsun. Often, power, when in actual use in self-defense, is a relative term.
Using the force of an attacker against him
The above illustration is a simple one to show an attacker who throws a straight-line punch is countered by the defender who turns with the power of his opponent’s punch while sticking with the punch. He does not turn himself. His attacker turns him. That force is used on the return right-handed punch.
Many arts claim that they can take advantage of an attacker’s force in a real fight. Most will explain techniques that will work in theory. In order to work, however, no matter what the method or style is, a defender has to have physical contact with the attacker. In Leung Ting WingTsun® , we seek to gain physical contact with the attacker at the earliest possible moment. The first moment of contact is usually made with the arms.
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