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  The Wing Tsun Philosophy

Sources : Wing Tsun (WT) draws its sources from Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. The concepts of these three major schools of thought make up the essential pillars of Wing Tsun.

Here are just some examples of these philosophical concepts in WT: the way of the middle, the spirit of loyalty and respect of Confucianism, the right attitude as well as not seeing logic as a means of learning and instead favoring a direct experience that stems from practice (Buddhism), the "non acting", working on energy and the fluidity of movement of Taoism (Wing Tsun is sometimes called "Taoism in motion").

These concepts are applicable in both combat and everyday life situations.

Contrarily to most martial arts, where we are tought a series of techniques, Wing Tsun is a "system of concepts". By simply applying these very concepts to all situations, it is possible to dramatically reduce reaction time in a given situation. The "technique" used naturally stems from these concepts and will only ever actually be the most appropriate spontaneous reaction to a particular situation.

  The concepts of Wing Tsun
  • Simultaneous attack and defence
  • Looking for the shortest path
  • Saving movements and energy ("less is more"): this enables for the quickest and most conclusive reaction
  • Using the principles of movement: 1) If the path is clear, go forward; 2) if you encounter an obstacle, stay put; 3) if you encounter a greater strength, give in to it; 4) once the strength withdraws, keep going forward
  • Using the principles of strength: 1) free yourself of your own strength; 2) free yourself of your opponent's strength; 3) use your opponent's strength against him; 4) add your own strength.


WT uses a scientific point of view to reach understanding. It enables an extremely precise comprehension of the body's geometry and dynamics, for example by studying distances, attacking angles, using strength and flexibility, the system theory and the action process of a crisis situation.

All these concepts and principles are applicable in all situations and combat distances: distance of kicks, punches, distance of elbows and knees, hand to hand and ground combat.


Body, mind and spirit

Wing Tsun is designed to create a physical, mental and psychic state of excellence. This allows us to move in a harmonious and fluid way and not against an opponent's strength.

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This triple aspect should always be borne in mind during Wing Tsun training and application in order to avoid focusing solely on the physical aspect. The symbol of the WT triangle precisely demonstrates this triple aspect.













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