One on the ongoing things we’re trying at the dojo is broadening our student base. Lots of students get a tiny upset at punches flying at them, as well as the like, so we’re evaluating some of the softer styles for an introductory class. I’m searching at turning Wing Chun types into the basis to your practical martial arts style, and helping on the instructions with it.
First, I learned Wing Chun being a “recuperative” variety – I needed some time off to let my feet heal from doing stupid elements having a wooden sparring dummy and inadequate footwear. My Dad had taken to Wing Chun for joint ailments as he’s gotten older, and had showed me a few of the basics, and I asked permission of his teacher, Greg Pool, if I could record his opening lecture for his introductory class. This is what I got.
“Wing Chun is really a balanced style, and I’m planning on generating right here types with it: The open stance, that may be pretty high, keeps the elbows close to the body, and keeps the balance over the knees, is a very good a single for getting pupils into, in particular if they don’t have lots of martial arts training. The 1st lessons will focus on relaxation techniques, and fluid movements. Wing Chun is a style that emphasizes relaxed motions – extra muscle tension slows down the speed of reactions, and builds up fatigue. Although we’re going to focus on Wing Chun as, in some ways, an animated relaxation technique, this will be giving you the baseline for learning other martial arts, heading to whatever styles you prefer.”
“The basic stance will have your feet at slightly much less than shoulder width part, as part of your knees bent at about a 20 degree angle, and your toes pointed in. From this stance, breath in through the nose, and out in the mouth, and try to relax – you will believe a sense of dynamic tension inside your hamstrings and quadriceps once you are done.”
“For motions, we’ll begin in the circular blocks during the left side going for the right. Again, redirection and smooth flow may be the key to this. Watch what I do…breathe in from your nose, out from the mouth.”
Now, my experiences with Wing Chun are that it’s much more like the Northern Chinese styles I’m familiar with – it is a whole physique style, emphasizing economy of motion and blocks. It’s got plenty of excellent footwork in its uncomplicated forms, and it is used significantly in martial arts movies, most notably individuals starring Jet Li.
One of the oddities on the Wing Chun types is that it incredibly de-emphasizes kicks and throws and power moves. That is ultimately simply because it is meant being a defensive style first. Breaking the lines from the simple type for a lot more power gives your opponent defensive opportunities. However, just due to the fact it is a softer style, don’t believe it’s a snap. Like all of the opening martial arts forms, it is going to leave you with a healthy sweat before you are done, and your knees and hips will definitely feel it.
The upper system exercising focuses on delivering power from the sternum on the shoulder – you try to hold your arms relaxed just before throwing a block or a strike, mainly because relaxed muscles respond faster, and get far more speed. Trying to power through a block or a punch is practically always slower.
Because the Wing Chun stance is higher than I’m applied to, it takes some adjustment for me, not to sink too low. Fortunately, for most beginning students, a greater stance is more familiar to them from every day life. Extremely few people walk close to within the Tiger Crouch once going to the super market, though Wing Chun isn’t too far off from a regular “walking posture”.