The concept of direct versus indirect is a bit abstract. However, it is important because it is the main point that separates Wing Tsun from a sport. It is all well and good to describe how a sport is an activity with rules and, as such, it creates opportunities for each player to score ‘hits’ or points. It then creates a situation where one player tries to hit the other within the context of the rules. Then they seem to take turns attacking and defending. Fine so far.

Wing Tsun is a ‘direct’ system. This is because Wing Tsun does not, in theory, attempt to distract so as to hit in another area that has been left unguarded as in an indirect system. In other words, Wing Tsun is not designed to use ‘fake’ techniques to draw the other player’s guard away so as to hit that area in real self-defense encounters.

The way it was designed, Wing Tsun does not care about fakes. When a technique is thrown by an opponent, the Wing Tsun practitioner treats it as a real attack. Since Wing Tsun uses ‘direct’ and simultaneous defense and attack and its striking and kicking flight path is shorter (straight lines), the idea is to beat your opponent to the target, most any vulnerable target. Thus its design as a self-defense system.

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg

 WingTsun™ vs. other martial arts

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

This concept is related to the straight-line / center line 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 with the center line in mind. The center line 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 center line defenses to try and grab or hit our WingTsun fighter.

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