Progressive Wing Chun for YOU!

 

This site is for Wing Chun enthusiasts and for those who seek a well-rounded, holistic, healthy lifestyle.

 

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LEGAL INFORMATION:

  • OWNERSHIP OF MATERIAL ON THIS WEBSITE:

The only videos / pictures / audio that I own on this website are the videos / pictures / audio of myself, often demonstrating my interpretation of the Wing Chun forms:  These videos / pictures / audio specifically state that the videos / pictures / audio are of myself.  The other videos / pictures / audio are from other sources including Wing Chun masters and other iconic figures, and their videos / pictures / audio are often (but not always) edited to provide clarity by adding typed narration, slowing down the speed of playback, and providing specific “clips” of the original videos / pictures / audio that are specifically selected and / or rearranged, and / or other editing interventions in an attempt to make the video / picture / audio more presentable, and for ease of access by you, the viewer.

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Be aware that the purpose of this website is to provide students of Wing Chun and Wing Chun enthusiasts with information about the art of Wing Chun as a method of  mindfulmeditation of motion / movement” for purposes of acquiring a mindful state of meditative peace (and / and-also) to help people overcome addictions of any kind, through the art of mindful, meditative movement.  The information on this site is also for use in self-defense.

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This all being said . . .

Welcome to “Progressive Wing Chun for YOU ! ! !

First:

A Demonstration of the Mak Yaun Jong Form which defines Wing Chun, (The 4th [fourth] Form of Wing Chun), also called the “Wooden Dummy Form” in slow motion:

[Wing Chun is Superior to Other Styles of Martial Art]

Why do I consider Wing Chun to be superior to other forms of Martial Art?

  1. Most forms of Martial Art take at least 20 years to learn.  It typically only takes 3 years to learn all of the forms of Wing Chun, 5 years to cultivate your knowledge of Wing Chun, and 10 years to be a master of Wing Chun.
  2. Most forms of Martial Arts require extreme flexibility, strength, and agility.  Wing Chun was created by an elderly Buddhist Nun so it does not require an extreme amount of strength, agility, or flexibility.
  3. Most forms of Martial Arts are designed so that the stronger you are, the more likely you are to win a physical confrontation.  Wing Chun was designed by a petite elderly Buddhist Nun so Wing Chun ASSUMES that your opponent is much bigger and stronger than you, therefore you use that person’s momentum against the opponent.
  4. While Wing Chun is among the top three most lethal forms of Martial Art, it is also meditative in nature and can be used (much like Tai Chi) to obtain a mindful (present in this moment), sense of true inner peace ! ! !
  5. Most forms of Kung Fu were developed my mimicking animal movements:  Wing Chun is founded upon a strong understanding of physics and human anatomy, and is therefore very scientific.
  6. Wing Chun will develop your intuitive ability to perceive, and Wing Chun will develop your instinctive response to not only physical attacks but also to abstract aspects of life including social interaction, political interaction, and psychological interaction thus alleviating anxiety, rage, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, passive-aggressive behaviors, and many other psychological afflictions.

 

 

Now, time for some specifics about Wing Chun . . .

 

[Wing Chun Theory, History, and Tactics / Methodology]

 

What, exactly, is Wing Chun?

It is not just a really bad eighty’s musical group called “Wang Chun” and their hallmark song entitled, “Everybody Have Fun Tonight!”  Allow me to explain:

 

 

 

 

NO relationship between the musical band called “Wang Chun” and the Martial Art, Wing Chun!

This musical group, Wang Chun, which was from London, was initially named “Huang Chun” which, according to Wikipedia was a “Wade–Giles” “Romanization”system for writing and pronouncing  Mandarin Chinese before “pinyin” became the standard for English translation of Mandarin Chinese.   For a reason not clearly specified, the band members of this group thought that “Wang Chun” meant “yellow bell” in Mandarin Chinese, and also represented the the first note in the Chinese classical music scale.  (Cocaine was very popularly used in the eighties:  This is the only plausible explanation).

 

According to a historical video on YouTube (HERE) the term “Wang Chun” does NOT mean “yellow bell,” and it’s literal translation is “beautiful spring.”  The historically focused video does not specify as to whether this translation is Mandarin (the prevalent language of modern China) or Cantonese (the likely native tongue of the person or people who created the style of Martial Arts now called “Wing Chun” or “Ving Tsun”).  The London musical group reportedly changed their name to “Wang Chun” because Americans found it easier to pronounce.  The take-home point of this conversation is that these band members had NO IDEA that “Wang Chun” or more properly, “Wing Chun (or)Ving Tsunis actually a highly lethal form of Martial Art!  Back in America when the song hit the “top 40” in American pop music in the year of 1986 the common but quite hilarious joke about the song was when someone declared, “Everybody WANG Chun tonight!!! . . . I’m Chun!!!

 

This brings us to the next point:  There are several “historical” accounts describing the manner in which Wing Chun was created and named.  I will describe the most commonly passed down legend of Wing Chun because it serves very well for describing the nature of Wing Chun in many aspects, and then, later on this page I will provide a link to a YouTube video which is very likely a more historically accurate portrayal of how the art of Wing Chun came to be (the link to this video is also in blue lettering as “HERE” in the preceding paragraph..

 

The Legend of Wing Chun:

Wing Chun is reportedly the only style of Martial Arts to ever be solely created by a woman, so Wing Chun not only takes into account that your opponent will likely be much bigger and stronger than you, but Wing Chun is a highly intuitive style of Martial Arts, which I think makes sense because I hold the opinion that most women are inherently more intuitive than men are; I think if you compare Wing Chun Martial Artists who are female to their male counterparts you will see that women seem to “take to” the art of Wing Chun quite quickly and gracefully whereas men tend to struggle with their intuitive perception (regarding when, where, and how they will be attacked), and men also tend to struggle with being too rigid and robotic in their movements throughout the Wing Chun forms and when engaged in hand-to-hand sparing or fighting.  In the “Student Reading” section of this website I will elaborate further on WHY Wing Chun must involve intuitive perception with instinctive reaction:  It is explained under the description of the form called “Form 2: Cham Kiu (Bridging the Gap).”  For the time being, I will explain that Wing Chun is a close-range style of fighting.  Often you are about 4-6 inches away from your opponent, and being that close to your opponent should be your goal.  Since you are this close to your opponent, you will not be able to see what your opponent plans on doing to you such as a kick or a punch; you must intuitively perceive what your opponent plans on doing to you, when your opponent plans on do it, and how your opponent plans on doing it.  (In the words of the iconic Bruce Lee, “Do NOT THINK!!!  FEEL!”)  Simultaneously you must instinctively respond by both blocking your opponent’s attack and counterattacking your opponent at the same time in one gracefully executed motion.

 

According to legend, the name of Wing Chun’s creator is “Ng Mui,” and she was a Buddhist Nun in a Shaolin Temple who, as legend tells it, escaped from the temple as it was burning down under the attack of the Qing Dynasty.  The attack of the Qing Dynasty was most likely not chiefly concerned destroying the Shaolin temple as much as they were fixated on concurring the Ming Dynasty during a civil war between the two dynasties which occupied Southern China.  However, as you will see in a video later linked to on this page, the Shaolin monks and nuns were reputably known for being highly proficient in Martial Arts, and I suspect that the Qing Dynasty feared that the Shaolin monks and nuns would protect the soldiers and civilians of the Ming Dynasty so the Shaolin Temple was probably one of the Qing Dynasty’s first points of attack.

Ng Mui reportedly went into hiding as a common civilian in Southern China keeping her identity as a Shaolin Nun a secret.   As the movie “Wing Chun,” released in 2010 (a link to this movie on YouTube is delineated below and the movie remains free to watch) depicts, Ng Mui became aware that Yim Wing Chun, a local villager, was being bullied by a powerful man and would likely be forced into marrying this tyrant.  So, Ng Mui taught her unique style of Martial Arts to her first disciple (Yim Wing Chun)whom Ng Mui deemed to be worthy of learning this secret style of Martial Arts due to Yim Wing Chun’s personal attributes and the unique circumstances that Yim Wing Chun was caught in the middle of.  This lethal style of Martial Arts was ultimately named after (Yim) “Wing Chun” because she (Yim Wing Chun) became the very first Grand Master of this special style of pragmatic, lethal Martial Art.

 

 

 

[Wing Chun Movie -2010]

Click here to be taken to a movie about Yim Wing Chun

with English subtitles:

You must turn the “YouTube subtitles” on:

Here are screenshots & instructions on how to do this

(1) You must tap on the YouTube screen and then three dots will appear in the upper right hand corner:

WING CHUN TUTORING / LESSONS IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

 

(2)  Then, click on those three dots, then select the YouTube “settings” as shown here:WING CHUN TUTORING / LESSONS IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

(3) Then, after you select the “settings” you must select “captions” and then click on “English” if that is your preferred language, as shown here:

.WING CHUN TUTORING / LESSONS IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

 

If the legend of Ng Mui and her disciple Yim Wing Chun are factually based, then It is my contention that this movie (Wing Chun – 2010) is the most historically accurate movie ever made concerning the passing of the “Way of Wing Chun” from the Buddhist nun, Ng Mui, on to her disciple, “Yim Wing Chun.”  (This movie is infinitely better than the old version of the movie called, “Stranger from Shaolin”).  The movie also provides very important insight as to the specific nature of Wing Chun Kung Fu as the movie shows Ng Mui training Yim Wing Chun in the “Way” of this deadly art form.

 

 

Yin & Yang:

Regardless of which historical account of Wing Chun is true, Wing Chun philosophy as it applies to both hand-to-hand combat and also to one’s outlook on life in general is an out-branch of fundamental Buddhism philosophy which includes the Buddhist concept/s of “Yin” & “Yang.”  I won’t go into much detail about the concept/s of Yin & Yang except to say that it is an Eastern theory about the exchange of energy that occurs throughout all aspects of life (regardless of your gender) including hand-to-hand combat.  Here is a comparative chart between the concepts of Yin & Yang:

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YIN-YANG .

Yin & Yang, Breathing / Qi – Gong, & Guiding Internal and External Energy / Tai – Qi (Chi):

To learn more about “Yin & Yang” and its application to the way energy flows through us and throughout us by learning Qi – Gong & Tai – Qi (Chi) link to the {Qi – Gong / Tai Qi} portion of this website.  Before you learn Wing Chun it is highly advised that you first learn how to breathe through the study of Qi – Gong and to learn how to properly engage your internal energy through the practice of Tai – Qi (Chi), which is only one video that is only eight minutes and 45 seconds long.  You can also undertake the study of Wing Chun & Qi – Gong / Tai – Qi (Chi) simultaneously.

 

 

Discussion of Wing Chun in Comparison to Jiu Jitsu & Krav Maga:

To keep things simple, I will overly simplify the three most lethal styles of Martial Arts:

  1. KRAV MAGA:
    1. HERE YOU ESSENTIALLY GIVE YOUR OPPONENT TWO OPTIONS:
      1. SURRENDER DUE TO PAIN.
      2. DIE.
  2. JIU JITSTU (NOT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU):
    1. HERE YOU ESSENTIALLY GIVE YOUR OPPONENT THREE OPTIONS:
      1. SURRENDER DUE TO PAIN.
      2. BE CRIPPLED.
      3. DIE.
  3. WING CHUN:
    1. HERE YOU ESSENTIALLY GIVE YOUR OPPONENT TWO OPTIONS:
      1. SURRENDER DUE TO PAIN.
      2. BE CRIPPLED.

 

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT JEET KUNE DO:   

 

I did not include “Jeet Kune Do” in the above list because it is an “outbranch” of Wing Chun, created by Bruce Lee, which DOES include inflicting death upon your opponent.  However, Jeet Kune Do is a highly esoteric form of Martial Arts that has very few TRUE masters, and it takes lifetimeS to become a master of Jeet Kune Do (which is an unrealistic goal for most of us), therefore I have left Jeet Kune Do out of this discussion.

 

That being said, the above three categories are an oversimplification of the three most lethal forms of Martial Arts, but it makes a very valid point:  Wing Chun is an out branch of the philosophy & religion of Buddhism in which Buddhists believe it is wrong to kill. Nonetheless, Wing Chun practitioners, like surgeons, hold a great responsibility in their practice of Wing Chun; self-restraint and self-control must be utilized with the highest degree of integrity and moral conviction.

 

I will mention another unique characteristic about the art of Wing Chun:  Although Ng Mui was reportedly inspired to create this Martial Arts style by watching a crane block the attacks of a snake with the crane’s wings, Wing Chun is completely unlike any other style of Kung Fu because it does NOT in ANY way attempt to impersonate the movements of any animals.  Wing Chun is actually based NOT on animal movements, but on very solid principles of physics and an in depth understanding of human anatomyPhysics:  The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.  Wing Chun attacks are always in a straight line.  Anatomy:  Most of the human body’s most vital & fragile (less protected) organs are found in the center-line of the human body, such as the eyes, the trachea (throat), the heart (it lies in the very center of the chest, NOT on the left side of the chest), the solar plexus (which is where the diaphragm can be penetrated by a forceful strike), the testicles, the knee caps (in the middle of each leg), and the spinal cord are some of the many vital but fragile organs which lay within the center-line of the human body.  Therefore the goal of Wing Chun is to protect one’s own center-line while attacking the opponent’s center-line.  This idea of protecting and attacking is ideally carried out simultaneously such that . . . every attack is a block, and every block is an attack.

 

The Snake & the Crane Components of Wing Chun:

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[The above picture is commonly used to signify Wing Chun as a fight between a snake and a crane].

 

Allow me to play the “Devil’s Advocate” momentarily and argue that the legend about Ng Mui and Yim Wing Chun is factual, then I would  also argue that the concept of Wing Chun incorporating both the snake and the crane is a conceptual representation of the human nervous system:

 

When someone attacks you, your sympathetic nervous system kicks into a combination of “fight or flight.”  (A part of the brain called the amygdala is responsible for this “fight or flight” response but also has a third response which is unaccounted for in most medical texts, which is the response of “Freeze!”  However, freezing is not a viable option when using Wing Chun).  In the “fight” mode you defend your personal space by utilizing an offensive defense if you are astute enough to intuitively know that you are about to be attacked, or if you miss that cue and get attacked then you immediately block and simultaneously counter attack (fight).  I believe that this is what the “snake” represents.  I believe that the “crane” represents the initial block of the attack against you, and the very real possibility that the only way you might be able to survive this personal attack is ultimately by “flight” to safety.  So, I believe that the crane represents both the blocking of an attack (with the crane’s wings as the human arms in the form of a “Bong-Sao, Taun-Sao,” or any number of other Wing Chun blocks that tend to mimic the angles of a crane’s wing), and I believe that the crane is also symbolic of the sympathetic nervous system’s “flight” to safety (escape).

The reason I mention this is because I hold the opinion that the goal of Wing Chun is NOT to win the fight:  The goals of Wing Chun are to preemptively respond to a personal attack against oneself by simultaneously (#1) blocking the attack (crane-mode) and (#2) initiating a counterattack that at least temporarily cripples the attacker (snake-mode), and then (#3) escaping (flight) to safety (crane-mode).

 

 

Extreme Flexibility & Agility NOT a Prerequisite:

It is worth noting that unlike almost all other forms of Kung Fu, extreme flexibility and agility are not mandatory:  For example, Wing Chun has no kicks above the waist, no acrobatics of any kind (no flips in the air), and no movements that involve balancing on only one foot while initiating a HIGH kick, such as is the case in the “Eight Animal” or “Five Animal” Kung Fu mode of the “Crane Kick.”

 

Wing Chun / Ving Tsun – A More In-Depth Explanation of Wing Chun Theory, Concepts, and Principles:

Physics

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line so Wing Chun does not utilize round-house punches, spinning “back” kicks, or any other form of grandiose/flashy form of attack that is not implemented in a straight line along the shortest path between one’s hand, elbow, foot or knee — and the specific target of the attack.  Bruce Lee brought Wing Chun from China to America and soon became famous for his straight-line one-inch and four-inch punch because they were powerful enough to throw his opponents several feet back from where they initially stood, with the result of the opponents landing either in a carefully placed chair or flat on their backs!  So, it is very safe to say that his true power resided in the shortest, straight-line distance between his solar plexus (located at the center of the chest just below the nipple line) and his specific target.  Your true power also lies in a straight line between the center of your solar plexus and your closets target on your opponent.

 

Geometry: 

I will only give one example of how geometry plays an important role in the art of Wing Chun:  There is a block frequently used in Wing Chun which is called the “Bong Sao.”  To correctly implement a Bong Sao Block, the Wing Chun practitioner’s elbow is raised above his or her hand (typically with the line from the practitioner’s shoulder to the elbow being pointed at the opponent’s head-level, and the arm is bent at an angle that is approximately 160 degrees so that when the opponent’s fist is blocked by the Bong Sao, the opponent’s fist and arm slide along the angle of the Bong Sao such that the opponent’s punch is redirected to either side of the Wing Chun practitioner’s body thereby missing the practitioner entirely.   Here is a picture of the Bong Sao Block in use:

Ip Man on Left side using a Bong Sao Block against Bruce Lee on Right side using a Son-Fist attack.
Ip Man on Left side using a Bong Sao Block against Bruce Lee on Right side using a Son-Fist attack.

 

Anatomy: 

The majority of vital and fragile organs of the human body are found in or near an approximately centralized line which extends from the middle of your head straight down to the ground.  Examples of some of these vital and fragile organs include the “crown” of the skull, the eyes, the temples, the nose, the jaw, the throat (trachea), the carotid arteries & jugular veins, the heart / sternum, the solar plexus (where the diaphragm can be accessed with a penetrating strike), the liver, the testicles, the knee caps, the ankles, the toes, (from the front), and the spinal cord (from the back).  Taking this anatomical concept into consideration, it becomes very logical that when practicing Wing Chun it is absolutely mandatory to simultaneously block your “center-line” while attacking your opponent’s center-line:

Wing Chun's Center-Line and Corresponding targets.
Wing Chun’s Center-Line and Corresponding targets.

 

 

 

 

[The Lineage and History of Wing Chun]

This “family tree” of lineage shows in the red-outlined squares how Wing Chun was passed from Ng Mui, its creator, to Yim Wing Chun, down to Ip Man, and then to Bruce Lee (In Pinyin his name is spelled “Lee Jun-fan” – In Chinese his name is spelled “李振藩”):

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The Grand Master Ip Man taught Wing Chun to Bruce Lee who brought Wing Chun to America (and Hollywood).  Here are photos of the Grand Master Ip Man, & Ip Man with his iconic disciple, Bruce Lee:

 

 

Ip Man:

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Ip Man .

 

 

Ip Man & His Iconic Disciple, Bruce Lee:

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The Probable HISTORICAL & FACTUAL TRUTH About Wing Chun / Ving Tsun:

Please refer to the following link:

 

 

 

Wing Chun in Movies:

Most movies which contain any Martial Arts in them have at least moments in the movies in which the art of Wing Chun is part of the choreographed fight scene, but there are quite a few . . .

[Movies & Series That Have a Lot of Wing Chun]

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Donnie Yen is most noted for his roles in the movies Ip Man-1, Ip Man-2, Ip Man-3, & soon to come out . . . Ip Man-4 ! ! ! Yay ! ! !

 

 

At last: 

[Wing Chun Defined]

To acquire a better understanding of exactly what Wing Chun is, please watch this video that I put together as AN INTRODUCTION TO WING CHUN:

Note:  Please keep in mind that the traditional legend of how Wing Chun was created and passed down through the generations is used in this video because I feel that it “defines” Wing Chun very well regardless of whether it is factual or metaphorical.

 

 

After watching the above video If you are starting to become interested in learning Wing Chun, you will most likely want to know the details of how teachers typically go about teaching Wing Chun.  These details will follow, but first let me make note of a couple of important items:

 

 

Warning about Fut Sao Wing Chun ⇒

According to the authority on Fut Sao Wing Chun at Fut Sao Wing Chun this OVERLY complicated form of Wing Chun really should NOT be named after “Wing Chun” because as Ip Man said, “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”  The beauty of Traditional Wing Chun and Progressive Wing Chun is that this style of Martial Arts can be learned in three years and cultivated in five yearsTraditional Wing Chun and Progressive Wing Chun cut through the nonsense and tell you what you need to know to achieve a meditative state of mind and what you need to know to survive a personal attack without any flashy showmanship.  According to the authority on Fut Sao Wing Chun, “Unlike the Yip Man knife form which consists of 8 different movements consisting of chopping, stabbing and slashing, the Fut Sao knife form has an infinite number of movements.”  Who has time for an “infinite number of movements?”  How can one possibly remember an “infinite number of movements” when faced with the challenge of “hand to hand” combat?  Therefore it is very reasonable to conclude that “Fut Sao Wing Chun” ignores the very principle that Wing Chun was created upon: Simplicity!  Wing Chun Fut Sao is GREAT IF you have TWENTY YEARS available to master its techniques, but NOT if you are a normal person with a full time job and a LIFE.

 

 

 

 

Regarding Progressive Wing Chun – Do NOT worry

Please do not allow the specific details and esoteric holds, blocks, and attacks on this page intimidate you:  They are there for a reminder reference after you have covered the information in your lessons with your teacher/s.

 

 

IMPORTANT message regarding personal physical or learning disabilities / Special Needs of any kind:

If there are any parts of the lessons (such as exercises, calisthenics, stretches, falling techniques, or any other physically or mentally challenging aspect of our lessons) that you are not able to do due to a physical or mental disability / Special Need, those parts should be omitted or modified. The teacher should also be willing to simplify what he or she teaches you so that you are able to understand the concepts:  Anyone with any kind of disability or challenge can learn Wing Chun.  For example, being in a wheel chair in NO WAY inhibits you from learning how to practice Wing Chun ! ! !

 

 

 

 

REMEMBER the REAL PURPOSE of Martial Art in Today’s Climate

Let’s be realistic folks.  This is the year 2019 (or greater).  Everyone around you is probably “packing heat” (carrying a gun on his or her person).  Sadly, in this day-in-age, concepts such as chivalry and courage are very seldom valued, so if someone REALLY wants to WIN  a fight against you she or he will just shoot you! Therefore, what is the REAL PURPOSE of studying any form of Martial Art?  It is not very likely for use as self-defense.  My argument is that the main point of Wing Chun is SELF-CULTIVATION Learn how to effectively meditate (Mindful Meditation) while in motion, through eloquent, rhythmic, and precise movements of your body while focusing on your breathing.  Learn to ask and express, “Here I am as a human being; how can I express myself totally and completely?  That way, you won’t create a style (because a) style is a crystallization, (but, Martial Arts SHOULD be) a process of continuing growth. . . to express oneself honestly; not lying to oneself . . . . That, my friend, is very hard to do.” ~ Bruce Lee 

NoteBeing “mindful” is the act of being meditatively aware of this very moment while not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

 

 

[Wing Chun Training / Tutoring / Teaching / Lessons]

How the Lessons Will Typically be Taught:

Each lesson will typically start with four CALISTHENICS:

  1. Son-Fist Push-Ups Place your hands in a straight-fist punching position (Sun-Fist Punch) right next to each other (if possible) right in front of your solar plexus (in the middle of the chest right below the nipple line on most people) and do as many push-ups as you are able to do on your knees, not on your feet:  It is more important to do twice as many reps while doing push-ups on your knees than it is to do less repetitions while doing push-ups on your feet.
  2. Kung-Fu Crunches:  These are regular abdominal crunches, but you hold your abdomen in the flexed position for 1-5 seconds.
  3. Wing Chun Stance Squats:  With your feet shoulder-width apart, your knees and toes pointed towards each other slightly (“pigeon-toed“) you will squat down until you are almost sitting on the stool or chair beneath you, and then stand back up. You do as many of these as you can do without using any weights.
  4. Bent-over (back is 90 degrees to legs) latissimus dorsi dumbbell pull-ups, or regular pull ups using an overhead bar.

. . . & five STRETCHES to warm up:

  1. Legs Sit on the ground with legs out straight in front of you & reach for your toes.
  2. Groin:  Sit on ground with legs out, and feet as far apart from each other as possible, & reach your hands out on the floor in front of you as far away from yourself as possible.  The long-term goal is to work your way towards doing the “splits.”  Whether or not you ever reach this goal is insignificant as long as you try to reach this goal.
  3. Arms & Shoulders:  With your left hand hold your right elbow as firmly against your chest as your right arm reaches for your left shoulder.  Repeat this stretch for your left arm with your right hand holding your elbow firmly against your chest as your left arm reaches for your right shoulder.
  4. Lower back:  Cross a bent leg over the other straight leg and twist to the opposite side of your straight leg using the arm that is on the same side as the bent leg to push against the bent leg thereby twisting your torso (in the area of your lower back) towards the rear.
  5. Chest Using the Wing Chun dummy or a wall, grab the dummy or wall with your hand and pull that arm out (slightly backwards – hyper-extended) and stretch your bicep and chest as far backwards as you are able to.

 

The teacher should Teach three “HAND” forms, & one WOODEN DUMMY form.  See the “Student Reading” section of this website for examples of the Grand Master, Ip Chun & examples of myself demonstrating the first three “hand” forms and the Wooden Dummy Form called “Mak Yaun Jong.”

 

Sai Lim Tao, Cham Kiu, Biu Jee, & Mak Yan Jong:

The first three “hand” forms:

  1. Sai Nim [Lim] Tao ~ (Little Idea) [CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FORM]
  2. Cham [Chum] Kiu ~ (Bridging the Gap) [CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FORM]
  3. Biu Tze [Jee] ~ (Thrusting Fingers) [CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FORM]
    1. *** ~ With Dragon-Snake form from Eight Animal Kung Fu ~ *** [OPTIONAL]

The Wooden Dummy form:

  1. Mak Yaun [Yan] Jong”[CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FORM]

 

 

 

Wing Chūn Zǔhé Jiǎn Biǎo:

*** Or you may learn an OPTIONAL single form called, Wing Chūn Zǔhé Jiǎn Biǎo” which you can learn from watching my tutorial video through the link pasted in this sentence. This form is also demonstrated lower on this page.

During each lesson the teacher should typically teach one set from one of the first three “hand” forms (in order), and I will teach one set from the Mak Yaun Jong (Wooden Dummy) form.

  • Prior to teaching the new sets for the current lesson the teacher should typically have the student demonstrate what she or he has learned so far, and then the teacher should provide some critique regarding that demonstration so that every set of every form is gradually “fine-tuned” by focusing on specific details as time progresses (It is not enough to have the gross movements of a form demonstrated, because specific details such as “keeping your elbow in front of your center-line” and “keeping your hands at the level of your nipple line when your hands are in chamber position” are of CRITICAL IMPORTANCE . . . so much so that I continue to work on refining these specific details myself to this very day).

The teacher should have a real wooden Mak Yaun Jong  (Wooden Dummy) in the dojo (Dàochǎng – 道场) for you to train on, but if you meet  outside of your home such as a public park, the teacher should have a portable Wing Chun dummy that is made from a floor-based punching bag with a Wing Chun attachment called the “Wing Chun Attachmate ©.”

[Wing Chun (Wooden) Dummy & Training Dummies]

My Wing Chun Dummies:

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Wing Chun Attachmate ©:

I have a Wing Chun Attachmate© on a punching bag (which is stabilized so that it doesn’t swing or swivel too much) for a more life-like response to the student’s strikes [SEE MAK YAUN JONG ON AN ATTACHMATE]:

Mak Yaun Jong on a Wing Chun attachmate . . . I teach Wing Chun Kung Fu Martial Arts to adult students in or near Kansas City, Missouri to include all of Clay County & Jackson County Missouri.

 

 

The “Bob” punching bag:

Used to improve the accuracy of the student’s strikes to the temples, ears, eyes, nose, mouth, trachea (throat), diaphragm (Solar Plexus), and abdomen:

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Jeet Kune Do Dummy:

I have a Jeet Kune Do attachment on a floor-mounted punching bag that allows the me some variety in practicing Mak Yaun Jong on a dummy with the arms that are wider apart than on a Wing Chun dummy so that I get familiar with how to contend against a street fighter or boxer whose punches are wider apart than someone who knows how to fight using the methodology of Wing Chun:

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So, as you can see (above) I have a variety of training tools to help me be more well-rounded especially when it comes to performing the Mak Yaun Jong (Wooden Dummy) form and also when it comes to improving the accuracy of the my eye strikes, nose strikes, mouth strikes, trachea (throat) strikes, diaphragm (Solar Plexus) strikes, and abdominal strikes.

 

[How to Make a Wing Chun Dummy]

  • Eventually, it would be best for you to purchase your own Wing Chun dummy so that you have something to practice on in between our lessons.  A punching bag with a floor based stand can be bought from Amazon or eBay for about 200$-300$, and the Attachmate © (on eBay here) costs typically between 85$-130$  from the same websites, so a self-made Wing Chun dummy will typically cost you between 285$-430$, A real Wooden Wing Chun Dummy will cost a minimum of 600$ if you buy it from a company based in the United states such as AugustaPro, but if you buy the Wooden Wing Chun Dummy from China the price is only 200$-300$, however the shipping will cost another 300$ so then you are back up to the full price of at least 600$.  However, there is no hurry in purchasing this item because the majority of our initial lessons will be focused on the first three “hand” forms of Wing Chun which will likely take a couple of years to get you to the point where your demonstration of these forms is not only correct in the “gross” movements, but also correct in the “detailed” “finite” movements of the forms.

How long does it take to learn Wing Chun?

  • With a high level of dedication and thirty minutes to an hour of practice per day it typically takes students 3 years to learn all three of the “hand” forms and the Wooden Dummy Form (Mak Yaun Jong).  It takes 5+ years to cultivate the art of Wing Chun.  After 10 years of practicing Wing Chun one would typically be at a professional level of competitive fighting, and thus qualified to be a Sifu” (Sīfú – 私服).

 

 

Wing Chūn Zǔhé Jiǎn Biǎo:

  • If you do not feel ready for this long of a commitment, I have created a short form which contains all of the fundamental aspects of Wing Chun. This form has 5 sets so it will typically take five – six weeks to learnI created this form and named it, Wing Chūn Zǔhé Jiǎn Biǎo,which means Wing Chun Combination Short Form.  It is demonstrated here:
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Self-Defense” IF the attacker does not have a GUN:

    1. You may only want a quick lesson in women’s self-defense . A teacher can probably show you how to respond to three-four of the most common ways an assailant is likely to attack a woman in only four lessons (one month) [one lesson for each kind of attack].  The three-four kinds of attacks that come to my mind are as follows:
      1. A man tries to “bull-rush” you (plow you over like he is a bulldozer) in an attempt to pin you to the ground:  See Practical Application #4 below.
        1. A man succeeds in pinning you to the ground, has mounted himself on top of you, and is possibly punching you in the face:  See Appendix N:  Escape from a Mounted Position (MMA Escape).
      2. A man tries to beat you up with a series of “round-house” punches to your face:  There are numerous ways to block and counterattack this situation.
      3. A man tries to grab you from behind to put you into a compromising position:  See Appendix G:  Shoulder Submission Take-Down.
      4. In these lessons your teacher should teach you how to:
        1. BLOCK the attacks. (1-3 different ways).
        2. Simultaneously COUNTERATTACK the assailant severely enough that the assailant won’t be able to immediately attack you again.  (1-3 different ways).
        3. ESCAPE from the assailant by running to a public place of safety.  (Self-explanatory).

 

 

 

[Practical Application of Wing Chun:  Drills, Falls, & Take-Down Methods]

Practical Application:

After one set from one of the first three Wing Chun forms (in order) and one set from the Wooden Dummy Form (Mak Yaun Jong) are taught, the teacher will typically engage the student in PRACTICAL APPLICATION through one of six methods to include “Sticky Hands Drill,” “Sticky Feet Drill,” “Wing Chun Drills,” “Falling Techniques (Drills),” “Take-Down Methods (Drills),” or “Chinese Sparing.”  These PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS are noted here:

  1. Sticky Hands DrillI’ll explain this simple drill: Since Wing Chun is a CLOSE-RANGE style of fighting you need to PERCEIVE when your opponent will try to hit you and INSTINCTIVELY BLOCK & SIMULTANEOUSLY COUNTER-ATTACK. The Sticky Hands Drill cultivates all of these skills:  Sticky Hands Drill on YouTube.
  2. Sticky Feet Drill: This drill is similar to “Sticky Hands.”
  3. Wing Chun Drills See the Appendix.
  4. Falling Drills:
    1. Banana-Shaped FallBanana-Shaped Fall & Slap Ground on YouTube. After implementing a Banana-Shaped Fall,” then slap the ground with your hand to disperse the energy of the fall.  There is a kick you can implement from on the ground against a person who is still standing, which I acquired from the Eight Animal Dragon-Snake form, which will quickly bring your opponent to the ground with a compound fracture to his knee:
    2. Backwards SomersaultIf an opponent uses his size and strength to TRY to “bull-rush” you and “plow you over” to knock you down so that he can “mount” you (and start “jack-hammering” you in the face with punches to your nose and eyes), as your opponent jumps onto you, somersault backwards and kick upwards and over (sending your opponent airborne so that he ultimately lands on his head (more than likely) and then land on your feet so that you are prepared in case he is still able to attack again.
      1. Other ways to counter attack a “bull-rush:”
        1. If your opponent launches himself down upon your lower body and legs you can either drop your elbow forcefully upon the “crown” of his head thus creating a cervical fracture (at Cervical Vertebrae #1 where the brain-stem is located) that results in your opponent’s immediate death or paralysis, or . . . less lethal Drop your elbow forcefully upon his upper-back between his shoulder-blades (scapula) on the spinal cord which will probably just paralyze him instead of killing him.
        2. Kick straight out with the heal of your foot at whatever part of his body is accessible because a large body of force launching itself at the small, pointed tip of your heel creates a situation where immense force is applied to your opponent’s body: A large body encountering a small, narrow, pointed force of application increases the force of impact which will “stab” through your opponent: A smaller area of impact increases the force that is applied to the target.
  5. Take Downs (drills):  Remember this KEY FACT . . . A predictable attack yields a predictable result!”  Don’t be predictable!
    1. TAKE DOWN 1 (DEFENSIVE) Pak-Sao the striking hand, punch solar plexus, step OUTSIDE the striking hand & arm, grab the striking hand, and pivot and rotate inward, then pivot outward while twisting your opponent’s wrist, which will bring your opponent down to the ground.  (DRILL).
    2. TAKE DOWN 2 (OFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE) Punch the solar plexus, step through the strike with your leading foot, and apply force to your opponent’s face to force your opponent to the ground.  (DRILL).
    3. TAKE DOWN 3 (DEFENSIVE):  Pak-Sao the striking hand, punch the solar plexus, step OUTSIDE the striking hand & arm, grab the striking arm of your opponent at the wrist, slide your arm along the opponent’s striking arm towards the opponent’s throat (Fak-Sao:  See Positional Blocks/Attacks #7 below), and kick the back of the opponent’s legs to bring your opponent down to the ground.  (DRILL).
    4. TAKE DOWN 4 (DEFENSIVE):  See Appendix GShoulder Submission Take-Down.  (DRILL).  
    5. TAKE DOWN 5 (DEFENSIVE) Example:  Taun-Sao your opponent’s Left punch with your Right hand & arm, grab the opponent’s Left wrist, apply force upon your opponent’s Left elbow with your Left hand thereby forcing your opponent into a submission hold which twists your opponent’s Left arm behind his back.  (DRILL).
    6. TAKE DOWN 6 (OFFENSIVE):  Block between your opponent’s arms, grab the opponent’s head, and slam the opponent’s head on the pavement (once or several times), and then provide a series of Sun-Fist punches to the opponent’s nose and/or gouge the eyes. Remember:  Wherever the head goes, the body will follow!  (DRILL).
    7. TAKE DOWNS 7-16:  Ten more take-down methods (SOME OFFENSIVE & SOME DEFENSIVE):  Wing Chun Take-Down Methods (drills) on YouTube.
    8. TAKE DOWN 17 (OFFENSIVE):  CLICK HERE FOR YouTube LINK. (DRILL).
    9. TAKE DOWN 18 & 19 (OFFENSIVE):  CLICK HERE FOR YouTube LINK.  (DRILL). WARNING:  BE AWARE THAT ANY TIME YOU LOWER YOUR HEAD IN AN EFFORT TO TAKE THE OPPONENT DOWN BY GRABBING HIS LEG/S, YOUR OPPONENT MIGHT BE ABLE TO SLAM HIS ELBOW DOWN ONTO THE CROWN OF YOUR HEAD THEREBY CREATING A CERVICAL FRACTURE THAT KILLS YOU INSTANTLY ! ! !
    10. TAKE DOWN 20+ (STREET-FIGHT):  CLICK HERE FOR YouTube VIDEO.  (DRILL).
  6. Chinese Sparing: (~ Improvised and then Choreographed ~): This is VERY helpful in determining what WILL work, and what will NOT work, but is NOT a form of competitive “hand-to-hand” combat, but is just as useful if not MORE useful because when (regular) sparring with someone, and your attack or block is ineffective, you have NO IDEA WHY your attack or block was ineffective.  With Chinese Sparring, after a block or attack is implemented, both opponents take a quick time-out to evaluate why or why NOT that block or attack would be effective, and what its “pros” and “cons” are.

 

 

Prior to your first lesson 

 

[Wing Chun Positions, Blocks, Attacks, & Drills]

Positional Blocks/Attacks:

It would be VERY helpful to your teacher and it would probably also be impressive display of dedication if you would look up the following Positional Blocks/Attacks on the YouTube Links that I have provided (colored light blue) after the name of the position (before the picture/s of the positions), & make a list of these positions for blocks and attacks and include any questions that you have about them prior to your fist Wing Chun lesson:

    1. Kung Fu Salute: See Kung Fu Salute / Bow Demonstrated on YouTube. Raise the left hand first and it is held straight, then bring the right fist powerfully into the left hand.  This is symbolic of the fact that the “scholar” (student) in you (straight Left hand) comes BEFORE the warrior in you (right hand in a fist).  In other words, you compete in fights or sparring first for the purpose of learning (scholar), and last for the purpose of winning (Warrior)!WING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTY
    1. Taun Sao:  See Taun Sao Drill on YouTube.WING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTY
    1. Bong Sao:  See Bong Sao Drill on YouTube.WING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTYWING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTYWING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTY
    1. Gaun Sao: See Double Gaun Sao Drill on YouTube.WING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTY
    1. Pak Sao (& Lower Body Wing Chun Stance):  See Pak Sao Drills on YouTube. The Pak-Sao block is probably the second most effective block to use as a default (with the Fak-Sao block being #1) because of the universal applications of this block.WING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTYWING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTYWING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTY
    1. Fak Sao (& Lower Body Wing Chun Stance):  The “Fak-Sao” is when you use the ulnar side (the side that has your little finger) of your arm or hand to strike your opponent either as a block or an attack (it is like a “karate-chop”).  The Fak-Sao block is probably the #1 block to use as a default-block because of its universal applications.  Very commonly the Fak-Sao is used as an attack to quickly slide your arm along your opponent’s arm past your opponent’s shoulder to strike your opponent’s throat:  See “Appendix O” on the Appendix page of this website.  To see how the Fak-Sao is used in the first form of Wing Chun, called “Sai Nim Tao.”  You can view this Sai Nim Tao / Fak-Sao video on YouTube:  Sai Nim Tao / Fak Sao on YouTube. You should also look at this Fak-Sao Take-Down video.WING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTY
    1. Huen Sao (& Lower Body Wing Chun Stance):  See Huen Sao Drill on YouTube.WING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTY
    1. Lap Sao:  See Lap Sao Drill on YouTube.WING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTY
    1. Wing Chun Upper Body Fighting Stances:WING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTYWING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTYWING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTY
  1. Fight Stance / Son-Fist Punch implemented by Donnie Yen in his role as Ip Man:WING CHUN KUNG FU MARTIAL ARTS TEACHING / TRAINING / TUTORING / LESSONS FOR ADULTS IN OR NEAR KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI TO INCLUDE CLAY COUNTY & JACKSON COUNTY
  2. Son-Fist Punch:  When striking your opponent be sure to pivot on your heels toward your opponent whenever it is appropriate to do so, to add more force in your strike, but also be sure to recoil the strike; you don’t want to leave your arm “out there” for your arm to grabbed by your opponent. Also, by recoiling your strike you decrease the time of contact with your target, thereby increasing the force (pressure) applied to the target. Of importance also is to strike THROUGH your target, NOT AT your target, again, so that you increase the force of your strike.

    Son-Fist Punch: When striking your opponent be sure to pivot on your heels toward your opponent whenever it is appropriate to do so, to add more force in your strike, but also be sure to recoil the strike; you don't want to leave your arm "out there" for your arm to grabbed by your opponent. ALso, by recoiling your strike you decrease the time of contact with your target, thereby increasing the force (pressure) applied to the target. Of importance also is to strike THROUGH your target, NOT AT your target, again, so that you increase the force of your strike.
    Son-Fist Punch: When striking your opponent be sure to pivot on your heels toward your opponent whenever it is appropriate to do so, to add more force in your strike, but also be sure to recoil the strike; you don’t want to leave your arm “out there” for your arm to grabbed by your opponent. Also, by recoiling your strike you decrease the time of contact with your target, thereby increasing the force (pressure) applied to the target. Of importance also is to strike THROUGH your target, NOT AT your target, again, so that you increase the force of your strike.
  3. Please see this . . .

    [Wing Chun Glossary Link]

    . . . for a more precise and inclusive list of Wing Chun positions, blocks, and attacks.

[Advanced Wing Chun Practitioner Sample Schedule]

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Sincerely with honor,

Disciple Dragon Snake

Dìzǐ Lóng Shé

弟子龙蛇

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