Many people ask me: Is Wing Tsun an external or internal style?   External martial art (hard style) typically utilizes superior strength and force for defense.  Internal martial arts utilize angling and yielding for defense; These are often categorized as peaceful martial arts.  Wing Tsun has techniques that are from both schools, but at its core it is an internal martial art.

Wing Tsun is considered a peaceful martial art; this means can be gentle enough on the body to be practiced over a lifetime. Training in Wing Tsun is an opportunity to focus your mind to become more peaceful. This is established by centering the body and calming the mind with breath work.  The first third of the Siu Nim Tau (Wing Tsun’s Little Idea Form), establishes our approach for martial arts training: Firm foundation, flexible body, and controlled movement.  Students increase energy and peace of mind by practicing the breathe work with the hand movements.  Reducing the movements allows the student to focus on body mechanics in a controlled slow manner.

Wing Tsun is meant to be practiced daily. Although getting a solid 30-60 stretch is preferred, its not really practical for many. Fortunately, life presents many situations in which we can employ the lessons we learn in class.  When confronted with many tasks pulling your attention-Complete one, then move to another.  Hunched over your computer for a couple hours- Take a couple minutes to stand up and run through the Siu Nim Tau form. Get cut off in traffic- Yield and breathe to calm yourself rather than reacting aggressively. The benefits of practicing a peaceful martial art such as Wing Tsun  flow into many aspects of life.

The ability to change your state of mind, and redirect energy is what Wing Tsun is all about.  I encourage all student to consider the forces that are negatively impacting them and consider how you can use Wing Tsun to find a little more serenity in daily life.

Playing games is arguably the most entertaining way to learn.  Although many boast the seriousness of Wing Tsun Techniques in real life situations, the reality is that to increase skill and effectiveness in martial arts, we have to instill a sense of play.  Martial arts training games are critical to prolonging the duration that partners can train together. Could you imagine if every encounter was a full out slug-fest?  In Wing Tsun, there are many martial arts training games to help you become a more skilled martial artist. Here are a couple beginning level games that can be enjoyed by all skill levels.

Game:  Get Inside

Goal:  Develop Indoor area punches.

“Get Inside” is a chain punching game in which partners face each other in character 2 and begin chain punching to the outdoor area. They work on timing and deflecting the punches attempting to maintain the straight line to the nose (stand far enough apart that the arms can fully extend without actually hitting the target!). The chain punching cycle should be repeated so that each player can fully extend his arm and establish the rhythm. Once this happens, the game begins.  The goal of the game is to get your punch to the indoor area of  your opponent, without disrupting the punching cycle.  When working on this you’ll strengthen your punches, improve your timing, and decrease reaction time.   You can also try it in the advancing step to increase leg strength and balance.

Game:  By the Toe

Goal:  Develop footwork speed.

Identify “Tells”

“By the Toe” is a stepping game in which the partners face each other.  Partner (A) is in character 2, Partner (B) is standing  comfortably with her foot extended out.  Each student looks the other in the eye.  (A)makes attempts to pin (B)s extended foot to the floor using an advancing step technique. (B) needs to withdraw the foot before it is caught. When playing this game, let your partner know of any obvious “tells” that let you know he is beginning to advance towards you.  Make sure you switch feet often so you practice stepping with both feet.

Stay Safe, Train hard, and have Fun!  I hope these martial art training games help you on your journey!





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With Wing Tsun Kung Fu you will see many improvements in your life and an increase in your wellness level through its development, coordination drills, and quality instruction. Whether you have no martial arts background, or are simply searching for something else to spice up your current regiment, Wing Tsun is for you.

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The Siu Nim Tau introduces the single punch (straight-line thrusting punch) as a prerequisite to the chain punch.  The motion of the single punch, along with the circling hand, develops the path and structure necessary for a safe and powerful chain punch.

When extending the punch in the air, be sure that the fist starts at the center-point and extends up to throat level when thrust forward. The air punch should be fully extended or locked out in order to call upon the correct muscle groups. If done properly, the triceps and the lateral muscles are the primary muscles engaged.  Refrain from tensing or extending the shoulders.   If done properly, the triceps and the lateral muscles of the back are the primary muscles engaged.  Keep in mind that locking the arm out should only be done when practicing in the air, and not on a wall bag or target.  The arm is locked out in order to allow the full power to be utilized. Read more

As with any exercise or sport developing  body positioning and coordination are critical in becoming skillful, efficient, and powerful. in Wing Tsun Kung Fu, students begin developing these through practicing the Siu Nim Tau.  The Siu Nim Tau, literally translated as the little- idea- form, begins to build the reference points used in Wing Tsun Training.  The Siu Nim Tau has several unique characteristics.

The Siu Nim Tau is practiced in a stationary position using the Character 2 stance. Read my article on the stance to get some idea of how to get the most out it. The hand movements in Wing Tsun are taught in three sections in which the arms are moved around the front, sides and back of the body. Read more

One of the first things a prospective student will learn is the Character two stance (pictured above).  This awkward-looking stance (also referred to as yee-chi-kim-yeung-ma or IRAS) is the foundation that allows the Wing Tsun practitioner to increase his or her strength, necessary for balance and stability.  Read more