Wing Tsun is not a style. It is an art designed to free you from all preconceived notions about "fighting", "combat", and "self-defense."
In the process, you gain confidence, balance, power, and a heightened sense of your mind, body, and surroundings. The end product is a brand new you.
While other schools teach endless repetitions of unrealistic drills that never happen in real situations, we focus on the principles that underlie all hand-to-hand combat while enabling you to react to physical threats as if your body was on "autopilot".
One example of that is what we call "street punk chi sau". It's a more real-life oriented adaptation of the usual "Poon Sau" drill in Wing Tsun:
Wing Tsun is indeed an art, but it is primarily a MARTIAL art. Just like a painter doesn't simply copy his master's brush strokes, but adopts, adapts and discards to develop his own art, you as a student will learn to adopt, adapt, or even discard some of the movements we teach to build your very own Wing Tsun.
But Wing Tsun is not only a martial art, it is also a science. It is best seen as a mode of inquiry into fighting situations and principles. To stay real and applicable, it has to remain subject to testing and re-testing at all times so that it can grow.
Otherwise, it dies.
That is the reason Wing Tsun was given its name. The name means "eternal springtime" or "forever growing". If you try to cast it in stone or seal it in plexiglass, it may still look pretty, but it also dies. Then, to stay truthful, you would have to change its name into "forever dead."
Here at Houston Wing Tsun, we keep this tradition of consistent testing and re-testing alive. Strangely, in the process, we often discover that we don't really have to change our Wing Tsun at all. Instead, we usually find that we are simply exploring all of its existing possibilities to the max. How refreshing and reassuring to realize that Wing Tsun is already flexible enough to accommodate that process - just like water.
So, forgive us for paraphrasing the late great Bruce Lee, who famously said "be water, my friend":
It's Your Body. It's Your Mind. It's Your Wing Tsun!