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Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver Blog
Saturday, 1 September 2007
Welcome back, nutrition videos, and the columns of Wing Tsun training
I started this blog initially on March 20th of this year and followed through until the end of April. Technical issues on the server side stopped everything for a while. Other projects became paramount and demanded time. But now we are finally back online with the blog of Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver.
Have you watched already Steve McMinn's nutrition videos? They are listed at the Nutrition Video section of www.survivorbootcamp.com/nutrition_video.php
Four videos with interesting information on
1. Time-saving meal solutions
2. Coffee and caffeine facts
3. Coffee shop smarts
4. Healthy snacking tips
Today we want to resume with a look at the possibilities of making your exercises more productive, to go beyond techniques. Over the next weeks we will also answer questions as to what the WingTsun-CoreConcepts mean, where the term comes from, what it stands for.
For years now I have seen that many traditional Kung Fu instructions are allover the place in terms of explanations. While many wing chun maxims and proverbs may be genuine, artistic commentaries on the wing chun style of Chinese boxing and have been handed down through the generations, still the need for a organized, didactic teaching system is obvious.

Retain what comes in, send off what retreats.
Rush in on loss of hand contact.
Do not be lax when your opponent is not advancing.
Once your opponent moves, his center of gravity changes.
Make the first move to have control. Attack according to timing.
Timing is achieved through practice.
The list could be continued for pages to come. Does this now appear to show an efficient way of teaching? Not in the opinion of many. Again, a systematical approach to learning and teaching Wing Tsun Kung Fu is a absolute necessity considering the many walks of life students typically come from.
Where does the famous Chi-Sau fit in? It is a very sophisticated training method, unique to the Wing Tsun system. Although some martial arts use today fragments of Wing Tsun Chi-Sau in their training, why not learning it complete?
First off - Three teaching and learning programs are in place, the three columns of Wing Tsun Kung Fu, making it a interconnected learning experience. At first the student learns the basic techniques, a 'blueprint' of points of reference, through the training of the Wing Tsun forms.
The second program, Chi-Sau the 'clinging arms' exercise, teaches us to transform these techniques into reflex-like responses, using the direct input of the actions of our training partner. We learn to feel the direction, speed and power of an attack.
The third column is Lat-Sau, the fighting programs, which put the student increasingly under stress, to prepare for a variety of outcomes in chaotic, yet instructor controlled scenarios.
The idea of 'WingTsun-CoreConcepts' has evolved over the course of the years as my personal method of teaching Wing Tsun Kung Fu. Beyond the techniques it considers ten crucial points of reference while teaching and learning a specific scenario. More about that in upcoming blog entries.

Posted by ralph haenel at 11:50 PM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 1 September 2007 11:53 PM PDT

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