Once a layperson who has an interest in martial arts also becomes acquainted with Wing Tsun (or wing chun) techniques, the fascination often begins. Due partly to online videos, tons of chatter, posts, blogs, and YouTube stars, many “wing chun fans” become obsessed. All the internet surfer wants to do is be like the guy in the videos or the star of the movie about Yip Man. It is a shame that the obsession doesn’t include an obsession with the ‘secret’ of Wing Tsun.
The concept in dealing with gravity is similar in a great many martial arts practice programs. Part of self-defense is, naturally, not falling. Wing Tsun’ founders were very focused on this. It was supposed to have been developed by a woman. Naturally it would be catastrophic to end up on the ground with a much larger, stronger attacker on top of you.
Many of the ancient martial arts were concerned with a strong stance at the expense of mobility. Stances were low, wide, and very strong. If a person uses a punch or strike from such a strong position, the punch or strike would have a great deal of power.
The legs are the first to go
The saying goes that “the legs are the first to go.” How true this is depends on many factors of course. If you eventually get arthritis, knee problems, hip problems, ankle problems, or diabetes and you have to have surgeries on your legs well before you retire, your primary means of transportation is now out of commission or severely curtailed. It is important to get up and move! Doctors always recommend exercise. Martial arts are a great way to get leg exercise.
The WingTsun™ Stance
The story of simplicity in the Leung Ting WingTsun® system continues with the adduction stance also referred to as the Character Two Adduction Stance. It is so-named because if you draw a line between the toes and another line between the heels in this stance, this formation is the Chinese character for the number “2.” In WingTsun, we have just one basic stance compared to some other systems that have as many as eight different stances. If a practitioner is suddenly attacked on the street, how does one mentally choose which stance to use when a knife or a fist is on its way to your body? Answer: You do not. You might have a micro-second to decide.
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