The manual for training for full-contact fights with Wing Tsun has been available for over 30 years. It is called Dynamic Wing Tsun Kung Fu by Grandmaster Leung Ting. The book is, in part, a basic book for those interested in fighting applications and part training manual for winning a full contact ring fight. The book includes photos and short descriptions of 12 different fighters that won their fights in such countries as Malaysia, Hong Kong, Denmark and Yugoslavia in the early years of Grandmaster Leung Tings’s teaching career.
The intensity of the training is several steps above what the typical Wing Tsun class involves. It includes the use of knees, elbows, feet, hands, anti-grappling, falling methods and more from Wing Tsun’s three forms and wooden dummy. This is of course necessary if you are going to go against another seasoned fighter who has trained physically and mentally to win.
The book is also useful for any student of Wing Tsun. It contains detailed instructions for self-training including footwork diagrams, bag hitting, drills, and coaching on what it takes to build yourself up physically. Since Wing Tsun is a self-defense system, the techniques are easily applicable to those situations, keeping in mind the local laws.
Very few persons elect to take up the full contact side of the training these days. The rules for full-contact fights in the U.S. are quite different from other countries. Since this book was written, the rules have no-doubt changed in other countries as well. We do not see Wing Tsun applied completely in this way now. It would take a different set of rules and laws to allow all of this to take place in the ring plus enough fighters willing to risk serious injury. However by pouring through the techniques in this books, I am sure some full-contact fighters could find some applications for today’s ring fights!
Clearly, the persons calling themselves “kung-fu masters” or “wing chun masters” that we see in videos that lose immediately to mixed martial arts ring fighters are not well-informed as to their own capabilities, to put it mildly, and embarrass themselves and their instructors. As if to prove this, we have also seen the videos of Shaolin kung-fu devotees enter the ring and fight fighters of other disciplines and win. They devote most of their young lives in monastery-like conditions developing their skills, their techniques, their mental and physical fitness.
This book is available from these outlets in different editions, new and used. They are all worthwhile reading.