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Friday, 29 July 2016
Chum Kiu The second empty hand form in the Wing Chun system is called Chum Kiu. In this form the practitioner is introduced to advanced footwork and stepping, as well as kicking. Here the practitioner learns to use the arms and legs independently, where blocks and strikes can be used with the hands and legs simultaneously. Here the student obtains a higher skill and learns how to enhance the power in his or her techniques for defending and attacking. In this stage the practitioner is also introduced to Double Arm Chi Sao, which elevates his or her fighting skill considerably.
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Do not fight Force with Force This is the most foundational principle in Wing Chun and imperative if a practitioner is to be effective when fighting a much larger and stronger opponent. By avoiding fighting force against force, you will move more swiftly, conserve energy, keep better balance and maintain better coordination. Also, you can exploit the opponent's force to your own advantage. If you encounter resistance, go around it. If the attack is forceful, sidestep it; even help it along, in order to cause your opponent's overuse of force to compromise his balance. Chi sao (sticky hands) is an exercise that teaches you just that..so it is of vital importance that the practitioner is always relaxed while training in Chi sao. The more one reduces the tension in his or her body the faster and more effective they will be. (Training Chi sao with the Grandmaster at the Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy in Melbourne, Australia - 1988
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T Wing Chun he origin of Wing Chun can be found in the turbulent repressive Ching dynasty of over 300 years ago. It was a time when 90% of the Chinese race, the Hons, were ruled by the 10% minority, the Manchus. The Manchus placed a great amount of unjust laws on the Hons. For instance, all the female Hon infants were made to bind their feet so that when they grew up they would be dependent upon their parents or husband. The work opportunity of the Hons was also restricted. They were unable to hold office in Government higher than a certain level. Heavy tax burdens were placed on the country so that the Manchus could have economic control of the Hon people. Kung fu training was also banned for the Hons, however the Manchu Government was adopting the Hon culture. They respected the Shil Lim Temple as a Buddhist sanctuary. When all weapons were outlawed by the Manchus, the Hons began training a revolutionary army in the secret art of Kung Fu. The Shil Lim Temple became the secret sanctuary for preparatory training of a classic style which took 15 to 20 years for each person to master.

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To develop a new form, one which would have shorter training time, five of China's grandmasters met to discuss the merits of each of the various forms of Kung Fu. By choosing the most efficient techniques from each style, they developed training programs that would develop an efficient martial artist in 5 to 7 years; one - third the original time. However, before this new form could be put into practice, the Shil Lim Temple was raided and burned by the Manchus. Ng Mui, a nun, was the only survivor of the original five grandmasters. She passed her knowledge onto a young orphan girl whom she named Wing Chun. The name represented "hope for the future." In turn, Wing Chun passed her knowledge onto her husband, Leung Bock Cho. Its techniques and teachings were passed onto a few, always carefully selected students.

 

 

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