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Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver Blog
Monday, 9 June 2008
About different training methods - summer seminar at Wing Tsun Vancouver

Short video from our summer seminar. Jennifer is having fun with Wing Tsun Instructor and Fitness Trainer Steve McMinn (www.fit4real.ca). The continuous repetition of the Pak-Sau/Punch exercise is purely about stamina and will power. The repetition and intensity creates quickly awareness of the muscle groups involved. ;-) Naturally, in a self-defense situation this combination would only occur once or twice.

I am painfully aware of my 'blog absence' and vow to post and post and post during the next weeks. :-) Steve McMinn has raised the bar and has been doing a great job with his Real Fitness blog. Have a look at the photos, read what he has to say about the recent Wing Tsun summer seminar: first day, second day.

Yes, once again it was time for one of our three annual seminars here at Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver, the first Canadian Wing Tsun branch. Each seminar week features a unique topic, puts the spotlight on a particular way of training, or another particular aspect of this exciting self-defense system.

After a recent successful seminar at Wing Tsun Calgary, it was a pleasure to greet German Ferrer, head instructor in Calgary. He especially enjoyed working out with our Edmond "wooden arms" Chow, member of the Vancouver trainer team. After having heard about the incredibly friendly atmosphere at the Calgary WingTsun seminar, we are all looking forward to the Fall seminar in Calgary.

Back to last week's seminar. Exercises for all participants involved working with a shock stick (Yawara) and with a rubber knife. But the weapons were merely tools to support developing ideas for different ways of striking. Building muscle memory, understanding the linking of muscle groups, leads to one of the key issues of Wing Tsun, might I dare say a key issue of any martial art.

What am I talking about? The somewhat rare ability, to seamless connect footwork and hand-actions. The ability to explode into the beginning of the first attack. Also, many students got the point, once again, that a world of techniques doesn't do anything, if you don't develop 'knockout power'. Afterwards, when the seminar is over, it feels so good if you have driven yourself to exhaustion during a seminar. Sweat, loads of sweat, moving your shoulders, non-stop footwork, thousands of punches and strikes, working on bridging the distance safely, stopping the attacker from inflicting harm on you.

Don't forget, Kung Fu is Chinese boxing, and there are certain rules of physics that any martial arts has to follow. One of them the physics of how to develop true punching power.

Until next time, have fun and train hard!

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