Gary 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 ...
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