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Monday, 4 September 2017

The Secret of the Five Sets and Sixteen Variations of my Wing Tsun Training

As any instructor, I often get asked about how I train, if there is a secret, what my focus is. The real secret of many instructors is very simple. As in any other profession, if you do something 20 to 40+ hours on a weekly basis, if you meticulously work on the details, if you constantly expand your goals, you will get good.

So, how do I train? I train through teaching. I learn through answering questions. I advance by working on making others good.
I made it my goal, to consistently work on improving my learning, training and teaching methodology.

Here are some of my not so secret methods. One needs to be very observant, methodical and critical.
Always question and review your own progress.
Never take any of your skills for granted. They only last so far.
Never think you are invincible, just because you are a martial arts teacher or martial arts master. If challenged, everybody gets dropped at some point by someone. Be a good teacher or a good fighter. Very few can combine both.

In any of the Wing Tsun programs I am teaching, if beginner, intermediate or advanced, I employ one or more of the following sets, or variations within.

1st Set: (Delivery) Speed – Strength - Distance

1. I work in various speeds, from complete slow motion, somebody looks at you for a moment and doesn’t even recognize that you are moving, to regular speed and to the point of the highest speed I can safely train with. And every level in between.
Slow – regular Speed - Fast

2. I use different levels of strength, the tiniest amount, that can’t even be felt, to medium strength and eventually everything I’ve personally got. The amount varies, relative to the student’s strength.
Barely any Strength – Medium Strength - Strongest

3. I move within a sliding scale of distance. Far apart, as long as it is efficient, within an ideal distance apart from the training partner, to the physically closest distance to the other person.
Longest Distance – Optimum Distance – Closest Distance

2nd Set: (Behind the Techniques) Concepts – Strategies - Tactics

1. I limit myself to only using the solutions arising from the concepts, strategies and tactics as preserved within the Siu-Nim-Tau form.
Siu-Nim-Tau, first Wing Tsun form

2. I limit myself to only using the solutions arising from the concepts, strategies and tactics as delivered by the Cham-Kiu form.
Cham-Kiu, second Wing Tsun form

3. I limit myself to only using the solutions arising from the concepts, strategies and tactics as contained within the Biu-Tze form.
Biu-Tze, third Wing Tsun form

4. I limit myself to only using the solutions arising from the concepts, strategies and tactics of the Wooden Dummy form.
Wooden Dummy, fourth Wing Tsun form

3rd Set: (Action) Defender – Attacker - Controller

1. I limit all my actions to purely defending myself, regardless of the technical origin within the Wing Tsun forms.
Defense

2. I limit all my actions to purely delivering attacks, regardless of the technical origin within the Wing Tsun forms.
Attack

3. I limit all my actions to purely controlling my training partner, regardless of the technical origin within the Wing Tsun forms. This originates from the ‘old’ 12th student program, to control an assailant without injuring him. The maxim was: “Pain yes, blood no.”
Control

4th Set: (Movement) Steps – Turning – Shifting - Feet

1. If defending or attacking or controlling, in any program, I work with all the different steps available with the Wing Tsun system, to merge them eventually into seamless motion.
Steps

2. If defending or attacking or controlling, in any program, I limit myself to only using Wing Tsun’s turning stances in all variations, while not stepping.
Turning

3. If defending or attacking or controlling, in any program, I train by only shifting my body position, work on avoiding footwork or turning.
Shifting

4. If defending or attacking or controlling, in Chi-Sau or Lat-Sau or any free application, I continue for as long as planned while remaining on my toes. Sliding on the floor, stepping, moving, shifting balance and body weight.
Feet - Toes

5. If defending or attacking or controlling, in Chi-Sau or Lat-Sau or any free application, I continue for as long as planned while remaining on my heels. Sliding on the floor, stepping, moving, shifting balance and body weight.
Feet - Heels

5th Set: (Intentions) Think it – Say it

1. Whatever my intention is, to defend myself or attack in a particular way, within a pre-arranged technical exercise program (Chi-Sau, Lat-Sau, etc.), I think the planned action, until it works every single time, regardless of the attempt of the training partner to counter my action.

2. Whatever my intention is, to defend myself or attack in a particular way, within a pre-arranged technical exercise program, I now announce the planned action, say it out loud, until it works every single time, regardless of the attempt of the training partner to foil my plans.

I use all five sets and the sixteen variations in any possible combination, in any of the technical programs. It doesn’t matter if I continue to learn, if I train the next level skill I want to achieve, or while teaching. By now you know, that for me learning, training and teaching is the same. They are only different facets of the journey to another level of skill and knowledge.

Honour tradition by being innovative. Every art evolves, even a martial art.

Don’t get stuck in a repetitive mode.

Enjoy the ride!

Posted by ralph haenel at 12:10 AM PDT

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