Long ago, masters of martial arts recognized that if you are suddenly attacked by a person unknown to you, the old martial arts motto “Know Your Enemy,” has lost some relevance. After all, you do not know this person. How do you deal with this event if you cannot know how he moves, thinks, or his real intent?

No fighting method is ever fool proof but sticky hands (chi sau), immediately allows you to tie into your attacker’s balance, flexibility, strength, direction of power, and taken together, gives you clues as to whether the attacker has skills, all in a millisecond.

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Movement skills

Every student of any martial art must learn new movement skills.  Some martial arts are athletic in their approach. A student must stretch, strengthen, use calisthenics and aerobic exercise in addition to stances, kicks, long range punching, power exercises, jumping skills, tumbling skills and other athletic skills.

WingTsun™ is less about high kicks, jumping kicks, spin kicks, and bending into low stances, – we have none of those – than it is about being sharply focused on self-defense skills.  However the skills developed in WingTsun training are more like sharpening a knife than making a dinner recipe. The creators of WingTsun realized that self-defense cannot happen with a recipe. There is no recipe. A student must be prepared to sharpen his or her weapons. In the case of WingTsun, it is the whole body.

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About the Sticky Hands

Most followers of martial arts should know this does not refer to a person with an uncontrollable desire to steal. It refers to a method to stick to an attacker’s arms (or legs) in order to keep track of and ultimately evade, deflect, or dissolve an attack by an adversary. Bruce Lee brought this training drill to the attention of martial arts followers in martial arts magazines in the late 60s and early seventies, having studied from then living Grandmaster Yip Man of ‘Wing Chun.’ Not all the details could be told …

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Living in the present

Part of the philosophy of WingTsun training and follow through in a real self-defense situation is a sort of a present moment outlook which is that we focus on what we are doing now – not what occurred just a second ago and not what might occur in the next few seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks or even longer. This doesn’t mean we cannot have a goal. However we cannot let our mind drift and get torn away from our focus on the present moment. Our goal will be realized when it is and not before.

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Use your brain, train your body

WingTsun™ is a mind-body exercise in addition to being a first line of defense if you are ever attacked. Unarmed self-defense is ready to go. It could be too late to reach for a weapon and the weapon can be taken away from you by the attacker. WingTsun trains your mind and body to react in an appropriate way according to the threat. We as human beings are not born with the same instincts as animals not or we trained by our parents from birth to defend ourselves like in the animal kingdom. Sharp claws and enormous strength are not something we are born with.  These attributes, along with fighting skills have to be trained.

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Basic Skills Taught Here

We do not jump past or ignore basic skills training at Wing Tsun Arizona. Both men and women are taught the basic skills needed for self-defense and to enjoy the training. It is also very important for a student’s future abilities in learning the more glamorous aspects of the martial art of Wing Tsun. By glamorous, we mean the Sticky Hands and Wooden Dummy skills. Sooooo…

Explosive hands practice starts early with close range movements. You start moving your open hand or fist from zero to 40 miles per hour in a tiny fraction of a second in different types of drills. For this to work, it is important to take the relaxation concept of the first form seriously. Do the form slowly and gradually let the tension go in each upper body part, arms, shoulders, neck.

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Chi Sau

Leung Ting WingTsun®, like all versions from the Yip Man lineage, has chi sau which was referred to as sticky hands 粘手  by Bruce Lee.  This is because this drill trains the hands to be “sticky.”  Grandmaster Leung Ting prefers the words “clinging arms.”  The classic Chinese term for the drill is chi sau which can mean “energy hands.”  The word “chi” has several different meanings in Chinese.

The chi sau programs in Leung Ting WingTsun® are extensive.  The programs are standardized within the Leung Ting WingTsun® family so that all of the students around the world will learn the same material and nothing will be left out.

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Sticky hands

In learning #chi sau, the WingTsun™ student learns the most unique and coveted of martial arts skills. Sometimes called “sticky hands,” the student is trained to “stick” to the arms of one’s opponent. In this way a practitioner’s hands can receive important information about your attacker’s balance, position, his telegraphed intentions, his flexibility or rigidity.

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WingTsun™ Chi Sau explained

Through my training under my si-fu, Great Grand Master Leung Ting, years of practice with numerous practitioners and personal experience, I have made the following observations about WT chi sau ?? :

WingTsun chi sau is a special practice for intermediate students and above.

Chi sau skill develops with continual regular practice.

Chi sau is not real fighting but an element of reality must always be present in real WT chi sau.

Chi sau skill is not an end in itself but is a skill that is to be transferred to real fighting applications.

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