On October 29-30, 2011, we had another great Leung Ting WingTsun® Kung Fu seminar with the Great Grandmaster of WingTsun, Dr. Leung Ting, at our Wheeling, Illinois school in the Chicago suburbs.
Prior to the seminar, the Grandmaster stressed privately to Sifu Mike Adams that this time he wanted to really emphasize that the concepts of WingTsun are far more important than what techniques are used physically. He emphasized that most people continuously chase after the next program, believing that if they only knew a little more, then they would be good. But actually it is not about how many techniques you know or how advanced those techniques are. The simplest technique possible is actually the most advanced technique if you truly know how and when to apply it, and why.
Great Grandmaster Leung Ting said that this understanding is actually part of training for the higher levels of WingTsun, the Practician levels. Once you have learned the techniques up through the Technician levels, then you must continue to practice the techniques until you really get the concept and can master the simplicity. Though the Practician levels are commonly thought of as the Master levels, the real secret to these levels is in the title of Practician.
During the seminar, whether teaching an advanced application drawn from Biu Tze and Wooden Dummy techniques or the most seemingly basic applications, Great Grandmaster Leung Ting tried to emphasize this perspective. If you were at the seminar, he hopes you were perceptive enough to get the real lesson underlying all of the drills. If you got it, that’s great! If you didn’t, we hope you will take the time to ponder the real lesson of the seminar.
A number of people were promoted to higher levels by Great Grandmaster Leung Ting at the seminar. We would like to congratulate the following people for their promotions:
- Sifu Brian Carter was promoted to 3rd Level Technician
- Sifu Guerman Atanassov was promoted to 3rd Level Technician
- Mike Treleaven was promoted to 2nd Level Technician
- Ben Stevens was promoted to Primary Level Technician
Thanks to everyone for coming to the seminar! We hope that between the seminar and this post, you have a lot of food for thought, and that it helps you take your WingTsun to the next level.