The power of WingTsun is in its simplicity.  Short movements turn into effective fighting skills, but mastering them requires high-level precision at high speeds.  Precision refers to the positions of the hands and body in relation to the opponent.  Speed comes with much repetition of the correct movements.  Each movement is a piece of the dynamic fight, similar to a snapshot from a movie.  When we practice, we watch the movie in slow motion in order to execute each piece with accurate position and intention.

Students and instructors focused on exercising precision over the two-day seminar that Master Will Parker’s taught in Des Plaines, IL.  The seminar that took place on June 11th and 12th came just in time to shift the focus of the Chicago area student from the internal to the external. Last month students learned meditation and relaxation techniques meant to develop correct intention of movement.  At this seminar, Sifu Will Parker pushed students and instructors to fine-tune their precision in motion.  Effective WingTsun practice requires combining precision and intention.

One of the most lasting lessons from the seminar was the correct method of practice.  Master Parker stressed the importance of precise execution of few techniques over sloppy execution of a multitude of techniques and combinations.  He reminded us of GGM Leung Ting’s saying, “You have 1000 knifes, but none of them is sharp.”  In the spirit of this lesson, the seminar focused on basic WingTsun techniques that students had a chance to sharpen under Sifu Parker’s guidance.   For the highest-level instructors, Sifu Parker went over several Bui Dzi and Wooden Dummy techniques.

Students also had a chance to share an evening with Sifu Will at a Bulgarian restaurant where we tasted dishes and wines handpicked by the Wing Tsun Illinois crew.   Once again, Sifu Will’s seminar provided a space for training, learning, and bonding.  We look forward hosting it again next year.

Ana Genkova,

1st Technician Level Wing Tsun