Wing Tsun™ Dynamics
Wing Tsun is first learned as a series of fixed positions so that the beginner can become acquainted with the concepts used. For example, we place many of our #defensive arm positions along the line that connects the chest of two participants. This line is called the center-line. It takes some practice to keep the positions constant while standing still. When this skill is developed in a variety of technique positions, the student can then use them in more #dynamic self-defense applications. Wing Tsun effectiveness lies in the learning of these basic concepts well and then applying these concepts to much more realistic attacks.
During more dynamic movements, it becomes apparent how well the student has #internalized the lessons. If one’s center-line is not well protected, one can be hit there. If a student is uncertain about positions and consequently loses track of hand placement, this is a sure sign that the techniques have not been internalized by the student – that is, they are not automatic reactions. In some ways, one can compare the Wing Tsun system to a chess game. In a chess game it is important for all your pieces to be where they need to be at any given time to be successful. A wrong position means the loss of a piece. It could also be compared to a game of baseball. Players should reliably be where other players expect them to be. If they are not, it could mean extra bases for the runner or runs scored at home plate. In Wing Tsun, one’s hands and feet need to reliably be where they need to be when a punch or kick or other attack comes. We cannot predict when and where an attack will come and so the hands have to be in position already. It is too late when the attack is underway.
A student can internalize with sufficient practice. Mental focus during practice and repetitions are important. A given number of repetitions done in a quiet environment at home on a certain time and day several times per week is ideal.