Whereas some martial arts are suitable for a point scoring style of championship fighting, Wing Chun is a total, ongoing and continuous process.
The system of ‘sticking hands’ has been developed to practise the continuous movements of Wing Chun. This unique type of training also emphasises the need to develop and improve one’s reaction and timing to the opponents attempted attack; with the aim of intercepting the opponents movement before it has fully completed. The aim of sticking hands practice is to dominate and control the opponent. This is achieved by forcing the collapse of the opponent’s defence and destabilising their balance. When this is achieved the opponent is unable to offer any resistance.
Many students ask the question, ‘How long does it take to be good at Wing Chun?’ The reply is always the same; ‘What is your definition of good?’
Wing Chun is an art, for which there is no limit, or maximum. The time of your involvement and your success are dependent on you, as a student, not your on teacher.
Learning and teaching kung fu can amount to carrying out one programme after another. Students are told that this is suitable for self-defence.
Tradition means maintaining and expanding what is valuable. It does not mean passing on the same ineffective method, simply because they have been used in the past. Viewing tradition in this way allows the style to remain distinguished and valuable, as well as enabling it to develop through the years.