TRAIN WING CHUN KUNG FU
Wing Chun is the most popular style of Chinese Kung Fu in the world. The fame is due to the work of BRUCE LEE. He created a style called JEET KUN DO with many practical applications.
Recently, movies like IP MAN with the famous actor DONNIE YEN, extended the popularity of the IP MAN branch of WING CHUN.
If someone looks at the history of Wing Chun, will realize that the origin of this famous style stays in the Shaolin Kung Fu branch called SIU LUM. This have been settled about 300 years ago in FOSHAN which is now considered the birth place of Wing Chun.
Right now there are 2 big branches of Wing Chun: FOSHAN (CHINA) and HONG KONG (former British colony, now belong to CHINA).
(基本功; JĪBĚN GONG)
The most important part of the training in Wing Chun Kung Fu are the BASICS training. They represent the foundation of your FORMS (TAOLU). Only a student with strong basics will be able to develop his KUNG FU at the HIGHEST level.
BLOCKS AND TRAPS
OTHER BASICS SKILLS
- HAND BLOCKS : Wu Sao, Man Sao, Fuk Sao, Tan Sao, Gan Sao, Bil Sao, Chun Sao, Gum Sao, Jut Sao, Bong Sao, Huen Sao, Larn Sao
- DOUBLE HAND BLOCKS: Kan Sao and Kuan Sao
- LEG BLOCKS: Bong gerk, Pak Gerk, Lap Gerk, Stomp Gerk
- DEFFENSIVE and ATTACK MOVEMENTS: straight line, inside out, sideways, away from the body
- POWER STRIKES: elbow, L-hook, uppercut
- TAOLU (set of movements)
Wing Chun movements require POWER and SPEED. During your training you will develop the strength of your joints by performing specific exercises as well as the strength of your overall body by undertaking HARD QIGONG training.
All our students must take classes in QIGONG (SOFT and HARD) in order to develop a strong body and increase their QI in the LOWER DANTIAN.
FORMS (TAOLU 套路 /TÀOLÙ)
The Forms in Kung Fu mean a set of movements. Forms can be performed with empty hand called Fist Forms (Combat Skills 拳 / Quán) or with Weapons.
We teach all the Wing Chun forms which can be fist forms and with weapons. One of the form uses the Wooden Dummy.
1. Sil Lum Tao (小念頭 Little Idea)
2. Chum Kiu (尋桥 Bridging the Gap)
3. Biu Ji (标指 Thrusting Fingers)
4. Muk Yan Jong (木人樁 Wooden Dummy)
5. Baat Jam Dao (八斩刀 Butterfly Swords/Eight Cut Swords)
6. Look Dim Boon Grun (六点半杆 Dragon Pole/Six and Half Point Pole)
Each form has its complexity and own techniques. As an example, the first form you will learn in Wing Chun called SIL LUM TAO, contains the fundamental hand attacks and defense techniques. This form has the specific palm strike, punch, center lines, the gates (upper, middle and lower), blocks, locks and some foot work.
As you advance as student for example the third form, BIU JI, requires perfect coordination, balance and foot work. A technique used here is the STRIKING THE PRESSURE POINTS. By this time, you will have already started the CHI SAO or sticky hands exercise.
When you start practicing on the WOODEN DUMMY, by than you should have conditioned your body using HARD QIGONG so you will be able to hit the dummy harder. This way you will avoid injuries.
The SPEED and POWER comes from the QI stored in the LOWER DANTIAN.
Applications always follow the techniques. You must prepare your mind in the same time. In the class we explain the APPLICATIONS for each move in the form, no matter if is for fist forms or with weapons. Only by understanding the applications you can improve your forms to a higher level.
DUILIAN (对练 /DUÌ LIÀN)
Duilian means when you practice the forms in pairs so you can perform it as a COMBAT form. Each form can be practiced in pairs.
Wing Chun students will perform once per week free fighting against other students which practice other styles such SANDA, SHAOLIN, TAIJI QUAN and MEIHUA QUAN.
CHI SAO PRACTICE
Chi Sao or Sticky Hands translated by some, it is a practice used to understand how to apply the TECHNIQUES learned in the forms. In fact this type of practice uses the sensitivity between 2 arms in order to give information about HOW to control the attack of the opponent.
The first step is to learn the Basic Techniques for hands and after start the Chi Sao exercise. Chi Sao helps you become better but is not a way to fight. The purpose of it is to understand your partner intention and should not be used as competition.
Wing Chun as many other styles of Martial Arts have health benefits such as: improved fitness level, coordination, develops speed and power, eye coordination, better reflexes, stress relief and helps developing the internal energy for wellness.
ADDITIONAL NOTES ABOUT YOUR TRAINING
When you join, the level of your skill will be assess during practice time and your class will be decided based on this. We have classes for ADVANCED, INTERMEDIATE and BEGINNERS students in WING CHUN KUNG FU. We also run classes for COACHES and ASSISTANT COACHES.
During your training time you can be moved between these classes based on your OWN progress.
INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED students which train for short term, can train only on the main goals for their trip. The same is for COACHES and ASSISTANT COACHES.