We start you, the new student, at the beginning of the Wing Tsun journey learning self-discipline, exercising the body from the inside out, and self-confidence. The beginning movement set is the first form called Siu Nim Tau. It is important that a new student learn the essence of this form first. Siu Nim Tau is translated as “Little Idea Form.” The contains the essential basics that form the rest of the system.
The things you learn later, all have a representative movement within Siu Nim Tau.
Wing Tsun is an emergency martial art developed hundreds of years ago to defend oneself in an emergency. If a defender is attacked, Wing Tsun has the right stuff. The techniques are designed so that, when trained well, they can protect you against sudden attacks.
All martial arts techniques are trade-offs. All martial arts were developed for certain reasons. Wing Tsun was developed to assist in defense against well-trained soldiers of the Chinese government in the 18th and 19th centuries. There was a rebel movement underway and it became associated with certain triads. There was no time to teach those hunted by the government complicated martial arts derived from Shaolin. Wing Tsun avoids the complexity and at the same time, adds efficiency in its approach. Due to upright stances and kicks no higher than the waist, non-athletes can learn this and get into pretty good shape. They can enhance what they could not before in their physical training because of the systematic progression of the teaching system of our Leung Ting WingTsun® system.
-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg