By Mike Grosson (student at Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver, BC, the first Canadian Wing Tsun branch)
"After almost 2 years of training in WT I know I made the right choice"
My background in any type of combat sport previous to the LeungTing-WingTsun system (WT) was basically a few months of boxing at the old Kingsway Boxing Club in the late 1970's.
But nevertheless I'm still a huge boxing fan. Someone once told me I'm a walking encyclopedia of pro boxing history :-)
Many years later I started researching different martial arts styles with the idea of finding the most effective self-defense system on the planet. My only requirements were:
1) no acrobatics (fighting like 'Spiderman' in the comic books is not an option at my age)
After almost 2 years of training in WT I know I made the right choice. For example - I had a really interesting session lately. Part of the class I was doing Lat-Sao (WT fighting exercise) with one of the newcomers. This chap has a background in Wing Chun, Jeet Kune Do and other martial arts. The experience was unusually positive that evening for 2 reasons:
1) He wanted to try a few moves he had in his repertoire to get an idea how it would work with a WT practitioner (me in that case). I told him I wasn't an advanced student yet, so his stuff might work on me. Besides, we were supposed to stick to Pak-Sao & punch moves only for our drill. Anyway, my defenses and "softer" arms were able to penetrate his positions at will and counter everything he tried.
2) Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere I was applying much of what I knew I was supposed to be absorbing -- but until that session I didn't really know I could truly apply successfully against someone with a martial arts background.
I was thrilled! Looks like some of it has stuck with me anyway.
I also hope this new student stays on in the class.
Comment from Sifu Ralph Haenel, WT Chief-Instructor Vancouver, BC: