Your Self Confidence
WingTsun’s step-by-step training program addresses your self confidence. It helps the student gain self-confidence by taking the correct topics first before moving on to more advanced topics.
The style is designed as a teaching system and Grandmaster Leung Ting prefers the word ‘system’ to ‘style’ because it is more descriptive of what WingTsun™ is. Forms practice is not the main focus of WingTsun. However, it must be discussed because the forms are the conceptual basis and WingTsun is more of a concept than a ‘style.’
The first form is Siu Nim Tau. It means “little idea form” in Cantonese. The first section of the form has a student learning one hand at a time. The second section of the form has the student practicing the same task with two hands at a time. The third section of the form goes back to one hand at a time with more difficult hand techniques until the last two sections which represent more advanced fighting methods.
Your self confidence in WingTsun training contains every relevant topic for your ability to defend yourself without a weapon and contributes to your self-confidence.
Despite the fact that WingTsun teaches never to use strength to defeat an attacker and these teachings are actually applied in the training during all classes, there are certain strength-building exercises used by practitioners and taught to individuals who need it. Instructors aim to add an extra layer of protection for the student in the event of rough treatment by an attacker and for general fitness.
The second form called Chum Kiu (arm seeking) combines footwork with hands doing different tasks simultaneously. It also contains some of the more difficult movements and three kicks and is the base of WingTsun studies up until instructor Levels.
The third form, called Biu Tze (thrusting fingers), has more aggressive-in-defense, techniques against worse conditions in a self-defense situation. They even more economical in movement than previous techniques.
The fourth set of techniques is Muk Yan Chong, the wooden dummy, which combines many of the tactics of previous forms and adds sophisticated kicking toward the end of the set.
The forms represent the movements in the system and give structure and concepts to the art of self-defense.
– Sifu Keith Sonnenberg
See also: Beginner Training in a Martial Art