WingTsun™ Kung Fu
WingTsun™ (alternatively 詠春, “chant spring”)
Dallas WingTsun™/ Iron Palm is an official branch of the International WingTsun™ Association led by Grandmaster Leung Ting, former student of the late Grandmaster Yip Man. WT is the registered trademark of Professor Leung Ting and the IWTA. Only schools that are part of the IWTA may use the Wing Tsun (WT) spelling. Don’t be fooled by imitators using alternate “WT” type spellings.
WingTsun™ is passive in defense and advocates attack only in response to an opponent’s attack. The underlying principles of the martial art are the same as its underlying philosophy. WingTsun™ seeks to provide balance. Click here to see a video overview of WingTsun™.
There are four fighting principles of WT:
Go forward (問路尋橋手先行) Advance immediately in order to establish contact with the limbs (allowing for Chi Sao reflexes to take over) or — even better — to strike first. This counter intuitive reaction will often surprise the attacker, and moves the fight into a close distance in which tactile reflexes will dominate over visual reactions, where the WingTsun™ practitioner is likely to have an advantage.
Stick to the opponent (手黐手,無訂(地方)走)If you are unable to strike and disable your opponent, but instead make contact with some part of his body (other than his face, throat, etc.), stick to it. Often this will be an opponent’s arm; if you maintain constant contact with his arms, how can he launch an attack at you without your knowing? This applies for the time only when the opponent is blocking your shortest way of attack. Once there is opportunity, you give up sticking, and go in with your attack (flow).
Yield to a greater force (用巧勁，避拙力-即借力）Since one cannot expect to be stronger than every potential attacker, one must train in such a way as to be able to win even against a stronger opponent. Chi Sao teaches the reflexes necessary to react to an opponent’s attacks. When an attack is simply stronger than yours, your trained reflexes will tell your body to move out of the way of the attack and find another angle for attack.
Follow through (迫步追形)As an extension of the first principle, if an opponent retreats, a WingTsun practitioner’s immediate response is to continue moving forward, not allowing the opponent to recover and have an opportunity to reconsider his strategy of attack. Many styles that rely on visual cues prefer to step back and wait and time their attacks, as commonly seen in sport and tournament fighting.