WT vs. the indirect arts

One of the most important differences between Leung Ting WingTsun® and other arts is the DIRECT versus INDIRECT concept…

This concept goes hand-in-hand with the straight-line / centerline concept and so I must explain this concept first in order to make the DIRECT versus INDIRECT concept clearer.  In WingTsun, we always attack and simultaneously defend along the centerline.  The centerline is the shortest straight-line.  While our WingTsun fighter is guarding this line 100% of the time, our attacker is forced to go around the centerline defenses to try and grab or hit our WingTsun fighter.

Unlike other arts, WingTsun does not use the feint or “fake” attack to try and draw our opponent’s guard away so we may attack his unguarded area.  Instead we go straight in with hands at the centerline using wedging, slap blocks, and straight punching.  Since we have the shortest route to the target, we use that route with our attacks and seldom need any defenses (we do not use anything called a “block”) beyond our attacking techniques.

Because of the centerline concept, we do not respond to feints or “fakes” by chasing the attacker’s hand but rather we just treat it as a real attack by going straight in using the advantage of the shortest route to the target.  The feint or fake is circular or arcing anyway.  It is basically never on the centerline which leaves a WingTsun fighter a clear path to a target even if he is a grappler trying to grab your legs.  It does not matter if the attack is real or not if our on-center attacks get to the target faster.  The idea is to hit the target faster on our attacker’s center of body mass.

Arts which rely on finding an opening or waiting for an opening to occur are delaying the defense which one cannot afford in a real encounter when one’s life is at stake.  The use of feints make these martial arts INDIRECT.  WingTsun is DIRECT.

When an attack crosses our defenses by making contact with an arm or we make arm or body contact happen, this is where your chi sau skill comes into play.

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