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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.

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Close range effectiveness

Wing Tsun™ can be compared to other arts in a different way.  That way is the distance at which we engage our attacker.  Wing Tsun is, by design, a very close  punching, striking and kicking martial art, much closer than other martial arts commonly taught all over the western world and on every street corner.  The repertoire of the close range methods and techniques in Wing Tsun is complete:  close-range low kicking and sweeping, knees, elbows, special close-range punching, striking and take downs.  In Wing Tsun we believe this is where the fight really exists.  Surviving an attack in this circumstance is the most important and where a lot of martial arts programs do not have the right stuff.

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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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Circling step

One of the first techniques that WingTsun™ students learn is the circling step. By itself, the circling step seems like a meaningless exercise.  However, the act of circling one’s leg around an oncoming attacker’s leg makes good sense when you see how it is used. Your leg makes a tight circle around an attacker’s leg thus evading the attacker’s strong, approaching force…

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