Out of all of the Chinese kung fu styles wing chun has been the most popularised, mainly due to the face it was actually the style that was enshrined by the mythical Bruce Lee. It was designed for simplicity, economy of moment and for all body shapes, types with no discrimination. Legend has it it is a composite of many ancient martial arts that derived their styles from the main animal forms. The explicitly flowery showy more-exaggerated movements made way for direct precision striking and economy of movement -to make your strike. In essence wing chin was meant to kill.
That’s the reason why out of the whole system there are basically 3 open hand forms- 2 weapon forms and the wooden dummy sequence. With a special mention to the chisau sticking hands training (a personal favorite of mind)
There are plenty of adaptations of how these forms are spelled and related, so I will go by what I was taught.
1st form is the Sl lim tau or tiny concept form. This is the basic foundation of the system. The beauty and design of the wing coaching system is that it very basic and not at all visually spectacular as a demonstration like you see in the kung fu films ”
However as a student each move learned opens up another door of chances as the system slowly uncovers its secrets. The straightforward principle like the centre line speculation vs the central line concept. The correct stance & posture, the distribution of weight and also having the right energy in your legs and arms. And most of all timing.
That is why the Sil Lim tau form is often called the soft or internal version of wing concentration of the form instead of brute strength -which is one of not the core philosophies of the the wing Inside this form all the offensive & defensive principles are taught. From the positioning of the hands for where ideas like fut sao, garn sao are introduced. This is a part of the armory which will remain with you through your wing following form is Pal Kill- or bridging the opening form. This is the subsequent form which incorporates larger movements and introduces coordination into the system, Here’s where another ideas is further explored. The idea of 2 hand independent co-ordination. Where both hands are used independent of each other in their movement. Sounds confusing-? Well it can be. Think along the line of a concurrent defensive & attacking strike and you start to learn how effective Wing buddy kill and that’s also one of the keys to the wing ideas are planted in the original stages and then grown and incorporated into the system as you progress. In essence they are all systems brought from one single concept or idea (therefore the name title idea form-Sil Lim Tau Form).
The final most advance form is Bill Jee. Or Finger striking form. This is by a large margin the most difficult and tricky form as it incorporates bigger degree of discipline and is way more dynamic in its movement and requires a certain quantity of conditioning. Indeed any wing complete this form with a feeling of control and force that should do it justice ..rather than following the steps and movements do the form it requires precision, and Plan for its success..
The root of this form was to supply fatal strikes to opponents. For advanced students trying to master this form can be taken much further. It could be a system all itself.
Legend has it it was infrequently taught in older times, however in our westernized culture where we need it all and now–it has made its way to the mainstream, m Much to the chagrin of the old Chinese teachers.
The final most advance form is Bill Jee. Or Finger striking form. This is by far the most demanding and tough form as it incorporates greater degree of discipline and is far more dynamic in its movement and needs a specific amount of conditioning. Indeed any wing chun student should work to finish this form with a sense of control and force that should do it justice ..rather than following the steps and movements do the form it needs precision, and INTENTION for its success..
The foundation of this form was to deliver deadly strikes to opponents. For advanced scholars attempting to master this form can be taken much further. It can be a system all itself.
Legend has it that this was barely taught in older times, however in our westernized culture where we’d like it all and now–it has made its way to the main line, m Much to the chagrin of the old Chinese teachers.
There’s a lot to learn about the wing chun system and this is barely a brief overview, however it is a great journey that may take a lifetime to defeat. For me the primary attraction and what I get out of this system are the training techniques. They are fun and easy to learn. However the most important revelation to come out of Wing chun, I found was that there where varying styles of wing chun training techniques-traditional and altered. The story behind how this came about is as fascinating and as old as China itself and its implications big –especially as it relates your Wing Chun training.
George kane first begun Wing chun training in the early 90’s and straight away saw this sort of fighting as the final fighting systems for amateurs and seasoned martial arts enthusiasts. You can read more about his wing chun kung fu exploits at his popular blog
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