How To Learn Wing Chun
Wing Chun is a unique type of martial arts specializing in close-combat involving Kung Fu fighting styles and so much dwells in taking out an opponent as quick as possible.
Wing Chun is one of the traditional defense martial arts still being utilized today for its useful practicality.
The technique focuses on both fundamental and timing values rather than ones’ strength and speed. It, therefore, means that everyone can train and still be good at it despite age or gender.
Comparatively to other martial arts, learning Wing Chun takes at least lesser time just a few years. However, if you wish to be a master, then it is obvious you will have to dwell on it for a bit more years to understand it at length.
Learning Wing Chun Principles
Learn the center line theory: A foundation of Wing Chun is the protection of your body’s center line. Imagine a line that starts at the middle top of your head and travels along the middle of your chest to the lower body. This is the center line of your body and it is the most vulnerable. It must be protected at all times.
Be wise and economical with energy: A key Wing Chun principle is that, during fighting, energy should be used conservatively and economically. Use your opponent’s energy by deflecting or redirecting blows.
Stay relaxed: A tense body will use energy unnecessarily. Keep your body relaxed and you will be more at ease.
Hone your reflexes: In Wing Chun, the fighter will react to a fight using quick reflexes to interrupt an attack and change the fight to be on your terms.
Alter your fighting strategy according to your opponent and environment: Your opponent might be tall or short, big or small, male or female, and so on. Similarly, the environment in which you fight can be different outside, inside, rainy, hot, cold, and so on. Be ready to adjust your fighting to suit the conditions.
Learn Wing Chun’s forms: The practice of Wing Chun is broken into a succession of six different forms, each of which builds on the previous form. In each form, you will learn proper stance, body positioning, hand and foot movements, and balance.
Deciding How to Study Wing Chun
Find a Wing Chun Academy: Martial arts schools often focus on one style of martial arts, especially for serious students. Wing Chun academies or clubs may be affiliated with a martial arts association.
Learn Wing Chun online or on DVDs: Many websites have lessons for self-teaching Wing Chun. These usually provide videos and levels of instruction and have tiered subscription pricing based on your expertise level and access to material. These can be useful if you do not have qualified instructors or a Wing Chun school in your area. They can also enhance your in-person training if you do currently attend a Wing Chun school.
Make a dedicated space for practicing: Find an area in your house where you can practice Wing Chun. Make sure there is enough room for you to move your body around in all directions. Check by swinging your arms and legs around. You do not want your moves to be hampered by furniture in the room.
Find a partner to practice with: Learning the movements on your own will only take you so far. Eventually, you’ll need to start learning how your movements connect with an opponent. Having a partner will give you good practice in how to react to another person’s movements. This person can also help encourage you and give you feedback on your form.
Understanding Siu Nim Tao
Learn about Siu Nim Tao: Siu Nim (or Lim) Tao, or “Little Idea,” is the basis for many moves in Wing Chun. Siu Nim Tao is the first form in Wing Chun, and it is here that you will learn proper stance, holding your body, relaxation, and basic hand movements.
Understand Gong Lik: Gong Lik is the first section of Siu Nim Tao and focuses on good structure and relaxation. You will learn the open stance, which faces you head-on to your opponent. Work on keeping your body relaxed.
Understand Fajing: Fajing is the second section of Siu Nim Tao. Fajing develops the release of power. Here, you learn how to use strength and how to preserve strength and energy. Focus on staying relaxed until the moment when your hands are ready to strike.
Understand Basic Skills: The third section of Siu Nim Tao is learning basic skills of hand movements and blocking that will provide the foundation for learning other Wing Chun techniques.
Understanding Chum Kiu
Learn about Chum Kiu: Chum Kiu, or “bridge seeking,” introduces the movement of the entire body to supplement what has been learned in the basic form of Siu Nim Tau. In Chum Kiu, you will focus on how to turn your body correctly and efficiently, paying attention to weight distribution and balance.
Understand Chum Kiu’s First Section: The first section, Juun, focuses on turning, balance, and structure. In Juun, you also start paying attention to your surroundings, even behind you, in order to fight effectively. It also introduces intermediate arm movements, such as Jip Sau (arm break) and Fut Sau (eye rake).
Understand Chum Kiu’s Second Section: The second section, or Ser, of Chum Kiu emphasizes deflecting your opponent’s attack and redirecting that energy back at them. You will learn to move your hands and feet as one unit, and then you can learn how to move these parts independently of each other.
Understand Chum Kiu’s Third Section: The third section of Chum Kiu focuses on using force in tandem with hand and foot movements. It also uses a combination of tense arm movements and relaxed body movements to accommodate a variety of fighting scenarios. You also work on turning your body to the right and left in order to work on your balance and finding your centerline while fighting.
Learning More Advanced Forms of Wing Chun
Understand Biu Gee: Biu Gee, or Darting or Thrusting Fingers,” focuses on using power in very short distances. Students also learn emergency techniques, such as how to recover the centerline when sustaining a fall or being trapped. In each of the three sections of Biu Gee, you will use combinations of hand and foot movements of the first two forms to recover from a disadvantaged position. This will then put you in an offensive position where you can use short range power to disable your opponent.
Understand Muk Yan Chong: Muk Yan Chong, or “Wooden Dummy,” is an advanced form in which you practice with a stationary opponent (the wooden dummy). This helps you identify and learn how your hand and foot movements come in contact with your opponent.
Understand Luk Dim Boon Kwun: This form, also known as “6.5 Point Pole Form,” incorporates a pole as a weapon that you use when attacking your opponent. Fighting with a pole can enhance your skills in balancing and defense.
Understand Baat Jaam Dao: Baat Jaam Dao, or “Eight Cutting Swords” or “Butterfly Knives,” is the most advanced form where you use short swords as weapons. It is not taught to everyone who might reach this level; only a chosen few get to learn Baat Jaam Dao. The form focuses primarily on precision, technique, and position. Foot and hand movements are altered somewhat from other forms because of the knives.