Full-Contact Wing Tsun
The Way it Should Have Been Taught All Along
'Full Contact Wing Tsun' should be a redundant expression. The very name of "Wing Tsun" should stand for "full contact" - but unfortunately, it does not.
Wing Tsun was developed to help ordinary people overcome extraordinarily dangerous attacks. It was also designed to work in challenge matches that look more like competition than actual "self defense" situations. I do not know who started teaching Wing Tsun without a major emphasis on full contact training, or why. I only know that whoever it was did the system a huge and undeserved disservice.
For that reason, I am going to part with what (unfortunately) has become the "traditional" way of teaching Wing Tsun. It makes no sense. Wing Tsun training, all the theory behind it, and the movements themselves only make sense if done with the specific aim of knocking your opponent out, or at least with the aim of achieving victory through a solid TKO.
From now on, here at the Backyard, Full Contact Wing Tsun training with professional protective gear will be a part of the standard curriculum, not the exception. This decision may cost us a few potential students who don't feel like signing up for this type of training regimen, but so be it. Those usually never stay long enough to be of any value, anyway.
Full contact sparring will begin at Student Program 3 (after 6 to 9 months of training in most cases), but attack and defense drills will be executed with full power beginning in the very first week of training.
Wing Tsun was designed for this from the beginning. Why should we not drive this race car of a fighting system at full throttle?
Alex Wallenwein* * *
... for that is the Way of Wing Tsun