CorePower in Motion, training for Health and Fitness
Everybody has probably heard about ChiKung. It's about movements, mainly slow, which have a positive effect on your health; some of you might know that the most important ChiKung movements are contained in our WT-forms. That has to do with the fact that martial arts, passed on in their authentic version always provided a health aspect on the side.
A complete fighter obviously has to be as healthy as possible. For almost ten years now the WT organization has studied the health related aspects of WT. Those of you who are already teaching or planning to do so, learn in our specialized trainers' seminars the basics of the anatomy of movement and building on that the theory of the WT Pain Therapy with preventative gymnastic exercises to extend muscles.
Health from WT
WT has inherent health related aspects. These are beneficial to every student who wants to take advantage of them as a "side effect". But what about those who, for their own reasons are not interested in self-defense, fighting or physical contact? What about those who never had the chance to get rid of their prejudice against martial art practitioners ("primitive individuals, who solve problems with violence")? What about the elderly, who don't believe themselves capable of martial arts training where younger people prevail?
Even more health from WingTsun-ChiKung
For all of those people, the new branch of WingTsun-ChiKung (= WT-CK) was developed: To feel well and fit with "healing movement". The foundation is of course, our WT forms, which are complemented by original movements practised to the extreme and thus enhance the effects. Intensive, very exact training of the forms is one of the basic priorities of a WT-CK class.
"Normal" WT practitioners also benefit
Nobody should fall victim to the error that normal WT classes are not demanding and provide training stimuli, which have a positive effect on their fighting abilities.
Nobody should forget the first principle of strength: "Free yourself from you own strength!" That means a WT practitioner is able to perform the WT movements and positions as defined in the forms without an opponent being able to give not even a hint of resistance to the approaching muscles.
By your WT honour: Who can say that of themselves? And exactly that can be attained through WT-CK training. How? In a WT-CK class the student gives all of her/his attention to the stretching and relaxation of their body and mind that is so essential for WT. Logically, by doing so the fundamental WT relevant process of stretching and relaxation is ensured.
Learning goals for WT students
1. Conveyance of a comprehensive body awareness
Text: European WingTsun Organization (EWTO)
Wing Tsun Vancouver Head-Instructor Sifu Ralph Haenel belonged to the first 50 WingTsun Instructors in the EWTO who learned the Health Siu-Nim-Tao form in 1992 in Germany directly from Grandmaster Prof. Dr. Leung Ting. Ralph received the EWTO teaching certificate authorized by his Si-Gung Leung Ting, his Si-Fu Keith R. Kernspecht and by one of GGM Yip Manís senior students, Tsui Shang Tin.