« November 2007 »
S M T W T F S
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30


ralph haenel, hänelwingtsun, wing tsun kung fu instructor, author, publisher, self-defense expert Sifu Ralph Haenel, learning and teaching Wing Tsun Kung Fu since 1984
Changing lives, one punch at a time.
Contact me


Book "The Reality of Self-Defense!" by Ralph Haenel
Buy it Now!

the reality of self-defense! - book by ralph haenel, wing tsun kung fu instructor

The Reality of Self-Defense! by Ralph Haenel: buy this book on Lulu.com


On Sale Now!
The practical strength training guide for Wing Tsun Kung Fu (Wing Chun, Ving Tsun) practitioners and fitness enthusiasts.
Now with bonus chapter: Kettlebell training! INFO

Strength training for martial artists, espcially Wing Tsun/Wing Chun practitioners, a book by Ralph Haenel, with kettlebell training chapter.

The Practical Strength Training Guide for Self-Defense & Martial Arts by Ralph Haenel: buy this book on Lulu.com


On Sale Now!
Siu-Nim-Tau, a Wing Tsun Kung Fu form for WingTsun (Wing Chun, Ving Tsun) practitioners and fitness enthusiasts.
Training notes on the journey between Kung Fu Beginner and Master INFO

Siu-Nim-Tau, a Wing Tsun Kung Fu form for Wing Tsun/Wing Chun practitioners, a book by Chris Chinfen

Siu-Nim-Tau, a Wing Tsun Kung Fu form by Chris Chinfen: buy this book on Lulu.com


Coming 2016
Kung Fu - The Workout; an easy to follow result driven guide for beginners and fitness enthusiasts. INFO

Century old Kung Fu exercises for all fitness enthusiasts, a book by Ralph Haenel


Coming 2016
WingTsun-CoreConcepts, Beyond tradition and technique - training concepts for Wing Tsun Kung Fu students and instructors! INFO

WingTsun-CoreConcepts a book by Ralph Haenel - Beyond tradition and technique, training concepts for Wing Tsun Kung Fu students and instructors



Entries by Topic
All topics  «
Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver Blog
Monday, 5 November 2007
Learning and teaching tools in Wing Tsun Kung Fu
wing tsun kung fu core concepts, learning and teaching tools in wing tsun kung fuGary Hughes, a long-time member at Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver, has created the animation to the left.

The graphic gives you a visualization of the powerful 'shield' a Wing Tsun practitioner produces through hard training. Employing a aggressive yet protective forward movement, does the practitioner use his arms and legs simultaneously for attacks and defenses. Often are the techniques seen as the most important ingredient. Some, who have trained for a long time, may have discovered along the way the so-called technique-collectors or grade hunters.

Even a beginner realizes very early on in his/her Wing Tsun training, that a powerful structure has to be build. Let's look at only one example, your very first punch in this scenario. Imagine you are being attacked and you attempt to defend yourself, following the Wing Tsun concepts, by going aggressively forward, trying to punch the attacker.

- If the punch is too weak, nothing happens. The aggressor will continue to hurt you.
- If the punch is thrown out of the wrong distance, the effort will have been made in vain.
- If your footwork doesn't connect with your punch, a big part of your potential cannot be engaged.
- If you cannot maintain balance, your own punch might throw you off, on impact or while missing the target.
- If you are too tense, you will not be able to 'transform' your physical strength into actual striking power.

And a Wing Tsun practitioner finds out early on that only few decisions can be made, if at all, in the fractions of seconds a fight is about to explode. At an advanced stage in your education, your reflex-like responses will have to be employed instantly.
You need to stop, control or disable the very first attack and also take away space, time and opportunity for a successful second attack, driving the attacker into defensive actions. You want to use the moment of surprise and as the presumed victim you will have to turn the situation around by aggressively exploding 'into' the attacker, even if it is for just a moment, to give yourself the chance to run away, while the attacker is momentarily stunned.

The system of Wing Tsun Kung Fu offers us very clear instructions, which guide the practice of our four (empty-hand or weaponless) forms, as well as the partner exercises. Like a overlaying blueprint do the four fighting concepts, the four power concepts and their application in four dimensions, give us the necessary hints and tips for a great training.

Over the years I have seen many times that the assumption of failure has been blamed on the technique, or in order to improve performance one was seeking the next form, the next exercise, the next Chi-Sau section, in order to achieve success.

But as so often in life, the devil is in the detail. It's not about doing more, it's about doing it right. Well, I know that's easier said than done. Many martial arts masters have expressed it in various ways: "The path to mastering your skills is training basics, basics, and ... basics."

But to do it right, we need learning and teaching tools that enable us to reach successful results. My very own learning and teaching method has over the years formed a systematical approach, which I call the ten CoreConcepts of Wing Tsun Kung Fu™.

More about all that during the next days ...

As always, Thanks for taking the time to follow the articles in our blog. Keep coming back! I also very much appreciate your feedback and encouragement.

wing tsun kung fu blog, realistic self-defense for real people, by kung fu coach ralph haenelOpen House wing tsun kung fu blog, realistic self-defense for real people, by kung fu coach ralph haenelWingTsunKungFuWear.com wing tsun kung fu blog, realistic self-defense for real people, by kung fu coach ralph haenelPhoto Album wing tsun kung fu blog, realistic self-defense for real people, by kung fu coach ralph haenelKungFutheWorkout.com
wing tsun kung fu blog, realistic self-defense for real people, by kung fu coach ralph haenel
Buy the Self-Defense Book wing tsun kung fu blog, realistic self-defense for real people, by kung fu coach ralph haenelReaders Reviews wing tsun kung fu blog, realistic self-defense for real people, by kung fu coach ralph haenelBlog Archives

Add to any service Add to any service

Posted by ralph haenel at 2:47 PM PST
Updated: Monday, 5 November 2007 5:57 PM PST

View Latest Entries

Blog Archives - Check it out!
Read Archived Topics
Wing Tsun and Fitness Books
Upcoming Wing Tsun and Fitness books

Add our blog to your RSS Reader: Add to any RSS service

Add to My Yahoo!
Add to Google

Support:
What is RSS?


Bookmark our blog: