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.

Decisions are not possible in such a sudden attack.  Fast reaction IS possible.  You want the best possible reaction.  To get the best reaction, you train with the best stance for situations and close in on your opponent with Leung Ting WingTsun® footwork to nullify the long range attack with close range hand techniques.  For close-range attacks, WingTsun is particularly well suited.

In WingTsun we prefer to master one stance that can be applied in a great many situations well.  The Character Two Adduction stance has more than one “energy.”  This means that the energy of the legs can go outward or inward.  In using this adduction stance in forward stepping, the energy goes outward with one leg, the other leg must follow.  It is important to keep the legs alive with elastic energy.  The distance between the legs must remain constant.  As one leg steps forward, an imaginary spring between the knees stretches and pulls the legs back together.  One hundred percent of the weight is placed on the rear leg.  However the front leg must be “energized.”  That is, it must have energy keeping it on the floor with friction and not weight.  As we travel forward, there is little chance for an attacker to kick our front leg out from under us because that leg has no weight on it.  In addition, we do not cross-step.  By incorrectly following one leg with another by crossing our legs as we step forward, our legs can easily be entangled by a kick or the simple intrusion of an attacker’s foot.  With no weight on the front leg, that leg is always available instantly to advance forward (or kick) with no weight shift backward.

The WingTsun system is fortunately based on skills and not tricks.  Fighting skill can be assured by practice, something the practitioner takes responsibility for.  Tricks can be assured to work only by luck.  If a person believes that one’s life is predetermined or that life goes on mostly through random chance, then self-defense is of no consequence.  What happens will happen as they say.  However, if you believe that you can make a difference in how your life progresses, your pursuit of self-defense skills makes a lot of sense.

Perfecting a stance that defends all types of attacks will take longer than learning one great looking stance from a prettier fighting style, but in WingTsun the satisfaction comes with how it actually works when the chips are down.

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