The fighter should always feel the urge to move forward, i.e. to move directly towards his opponent. This
applies both to the arms (which are thrust forward) and the legs (which kick) as well as to the entire body (which should
advance). A user of the Leung Ting system should always direct his energy towards the vertical axis of his opponent (forward-flowing
energy), like a piece of metal attracted by a magnet.
If no obstacle is blocking the direct path of the Leung Ting fighter, he will always directly attack the
opponent's axis with his hand or foot. Directly' means that the attack does not come from one side or at an angle, but that
the fighter will advance and attack across the shortest distance, and without first drawing back the hand or leg. Among other
things, the Latin word "aggredior" can mean "I am approaching somebody". With regard to its general approach, the Leung Ting
system can superficially be called an aggressive self-defence system. However, we are not aggressive in the sense that we
foam at the mouth with rage (or fear). This kind of (inherent) aggression would paralyse any reliable reactive capability
and therefore be contrary to our objectives.
We have established that going forward with both hand and foot (forward-flowing energy) is the appropriate
response to most combat situations.
The second principle: If you get contact stick to it
As soon as one of our arms contacts the opponent's arm, we maintain our pressure towards the vertical
centre line and do not withdraw our arm. Both contact and pressure are maintained. Users of traditional self-defence methods
will perhaps punch with their right and, if this is blocked, withdraw it to deliver a second punch or launch a kick. WT considers
this approach to be fundamentally wrong. Our motto is: "If your attack encounters resistance, do not withdraw but stick to
your opponent!" Anybody breaking this rule will expose himself to great danger if his opponent is an experienced WT fighter.
The third principle: If you meet superior strength give way
This introductory section will confine itself to the four most important reflex-like or deformative reactions
which are initiated by pressure acting on our arms. Unlike "inborn" reflexes, these reflex-like reactions are not naturally
possessed by every healthy person but must be developed by training (Chi-Sao lessons) with an experienced teacher. (In rare
cases, they may be dormant and need reawakening). As soon as our adversary's arm contacts one of our arms at any point, and
exerts even the slightest pressure, the vector (point of attack, magnitude and direction of the attacking force) will immediately
cause this arm to deform itself or react reflexively without any conscious (and time-wasting) control input from the brain.
The reaction is directly triggered by the adversary's attacking movement. This is what Bruce Lee meant when he said: "My technique
is the technique of my opponent". In other words, your own action is the direct, reflex-like reaction to your opponent's action.
Your adversary's attack forms your arm in such a way that it gives you protection
Fourth principle: If your opponent withdraws follow through
Because of your permanent forward pressure you will immediately and automatically invade any gap that
presents itself, like water. The fourth principle (if your opponent withdraws, follow through) is therefore the consequence
of maintaining forward pressure.