Sifu of Wing Tsun Kung Fu - Student of Sifu Ralph Hänel's WingTsun-CoreConcepts

Sunday, November 20, 2011

If I were to learn a martial art for self-defense...

I have been attending a teaching course, the most recent one being about effective presentation skills. One of the recent assignments was to do a 10 minute talk on a topic of our choice.

I decided to do a talk about Wing Tsun Kung Fu. It was a combination of powerpoint slides to outline the history of WT, a short demo of the four principles of combat and strength, and a worksheet/handout.

One of the pre-presentation questions on the worksheet was to complete the following sentence:

If I were to learn a martial art for self-defense, I would want it to be...

These were the answers from the group:
- non strength dependent
- easy to learn
- proven effectiveness
- non-violent
- easy to apply

And also a footnote: *in an unfit person

Does your training fit with this small survey of answers?

Happy training!


Gary said...

unfortunately, the reality is those wants ( for a self defense system) are kind of unrealistic, especially if you put them all violence, easy to learn, etc etc.. imo its wishful thinking,, and reflects a wish for everything to be 'on a silver platter' and no real committment needed..The customer is 'not' always right. While you can teach some awareness and situational responses, self defense in this context is about martial arts. So some commitiment, work ethic, disclipine, and a specific mind set enter the picture.. I suppose you could advise them to use pepper spray, or a taser, if they want something more in line with the customer 'wants'.

kyklosphaira said...

Definitely found it interesting, from the small group that did not have any experience with martial arts. Interestingly though, one audience member who never thought she'd be interested in any martial art became curious about WT after seeing the presentation.

Anyhow... my thoughts on the comments from the group:

- non strength dependent (power vs. our usual idea of "strength", as Sifu Ralph would explain)

- easy to learn (relatively easy to learn proper structure and some power generation in a few months, easy to learn hard to master)

- proven effectiveness (I'd have to see more to get examples)

- non-violent (I've heard stories about the verbal de-escalation strategies being effective; but once it becomes physical only non-violent way is perhaps some soft take-downs and running away. Pepper spray or taser is pretty violent)

- easy to apply (oooh, this one is difficult; for one, how are we testing it realistically)