Health & Fitness
Wing Chun is a soft/internal style of martial art, so its training places particular emphasis on having a relaxed mind and body. All the muscles in the body are exercised without taking the body to complete exhaustion.
Part of the Wing Chun training is exercising a set known as Sil Nim Tao (Little Ideas). The Sil Nim Tao set incorporates the most-important and fundamental aspects of the Wing Chun system. This set is performed slowly, and in a completely relaxed state of body and mind. Other systems such as Tai Chi also incorporate similar exercises to help relax the mind and body, as well as develop Chi (flow of energy).
Another exercise practiced in the Wing Chun system is a drill known as Chi Sau ("Sticking Hands"). Chi Sau is practiced as a partner system, where the students are taught to remain soft and relaxed as they roll their hands in contact with one another. The students are taught to feel the Chi of their partner as their hands roll. Other systems such as Tai Chi also incorporate a similar exercise known as Push Hands. Where Wing Chun differs is that attack and countering applications are incorporated into the training to develop the student's sensitivity, reflexes and self-defense applications.
While there are many fitness and exercise options available, few provide the level of fun, interaction, rigorousness and stress-relief while fitting most ages and sizes as the practice of Wing Chun does.
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