Blitz-Defence is a teaching method within the Wing Tsun system during which WT students are mentally and physically prepared for the most frequent forms of physical confrontation using the appropriate WingTsun self defence techniques.
What is Blitz-Defence
Grandmaster Kernspecht has researched the characteristics of ‘realistic street-fights’ for decades, and has coined the term ‘ritual combat’ based on his accumulated experience. The 3 Blitz-Defence programmes supplement the WT teaching system in such a way that even beginners are able to cope well in these dangerous situations after only a short period of training.
The Blitz-Defence programmes emphasise the following:
- Gradual defusing and reduction of a mutual threat situation
- Communication and interpersonal relationships
- Reliable recognition of all the opponent’s attack preparations
- Controlling one’s own fear, verbal deception and distraction
- Uncompromising and determined seizure of the necessary initiative at the last moment, in the form of a few rapidly learned WT counter-attacks which leave the opponent with practically no chance
What makes Blitz-Defence so indispensable?
The first thing that makes Blitz-Defence indispensable is, without doubt, the ‘trigger’ principle. Certain gestures or sentences are practised in combination with a blow or combination of blows until merely repeating the gesture or sentence will cause the trained technique to be performed by reflex action. This might be “How is your mother?” or “What are you doing this evening?”, but possibly something unexpected such as puckering up the lips to blow a kiss! Using the trigger-word method to initiate certain actions is one of the most basic Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques. An internal or external visual, auditory or movement stimulus is linked to a reaction or situation which can then be initiated regularly from then on. A trigger is a stimulus-reaction link which extends the classic Pavlovian conditioned reflex concept.
Another strength of Blitz-Defence training is the repeated practice of the verbal phase. Here the student learns to use his/her voice, body language and spirit. For nothing is as important as “communication”! It is this that may decide the outcome of an encounter in advance. The aim is not to use some new form of rhetoric or to shout loudly, but to say the right thing at the right time to prevent a threat.
And finally, the careful selection of certain Wingtsun techniques are what makes the Blitz Self Defence Techniques so effective. This collection of individually-linked techniques is the framework for successful self defence and self assertion.
- Programmes 1 to 3 contain pure ‘forward defence’
- Programmes 4 to 8 deal with so-called ‘defensive tactics’
- Programmes 9 to 12 are the advanced ‘special programmes’
Blitz Self Defence Techniques contains a form of training which gives fear no chance to grow within us or, worse still, take control in the first place. The germ of fear is unable to ripen because we do not give it a chance to.
Indications of ‘fear’ in a potentially dangerous situation:
- Rigidity and the urge to visit the toilet
- Trembling knees owing to an enormous release of adrenalin
- A dry mouth, causing the urge to clear the throat
- Mental blockage as areas of the brain are disabled by ‘stress’
- Heightened muscle tone
Fear can give rise to a ‘fight or flight’ response. Fear is the result of uncertainty, or not being in control. Uncertainly can be remedied by information and the inability to control can be remedied by training of Blitz Self Defence Techniques.