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.