Student Reading: Where to Begin Reading.

 

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WHERE TO BEGIN READING:

 

Dear student:

Fist read the Introduction” (PAGE 1) section of this website and watch the “Introduction to the Art of Wing Chun / Ving Tsun” video on that page . . .

then read the About Me & Matters Concerning a Holistic, Healthy Lifestyle” (PAGE 2) section of this website . . .

Then please start reading / viewing THIS PAGE at the BOTTOM of the page (PAGE 3) . .

Start with the narrative about Bruce Lee at the very bottom of this page and watch his video/s . . .

then progress upward by reading about and watching the first form of Wing Chun (Sai Lim Tao) . . . 

then the second form (Chum Kiu) . . .

then the third form (Biu Ji) . . .

and lastly the fourth formMuk Yan Jong . . .

Then you may wish to read the section about weapons & view the related videos . . .

  After you complete the reading and viewing of this page, please return to this first section of this page (PAGE 3) to link to the “Practical Application” section (PAGE 4) if you wish . . .

then the “Meditative Music & Art Work” section (PAGE 5) if you wish . . .

and then you may wish to study some Understanding of Chinese heritage, culture, and Language to Include Practice for Simple Chinese Conversation: [HERE] (PAGE 6) . . . 

. . . then please see the paragraph below about Qigong & Tai-Qi which is on PAGE 7 . . . 

Lastly, please be sure to read the “Wing Chun Famous Quotes & Closing Statement (PAGE 8) before you exit this website.

 

Here is a note regarding my interpretation of the forms of Wing Chun that are displayed below, on this page:

  • For each form I have a video of Ip Chun demonstrating the traditional form, then I have a video of myself demonstrating the traditional form, and lastly I have a video of myself demonstrating the form in a manner that represents my own interpretation of the form.  You will likely notice that my own interpretation of the forms of Wing Chun are drastically different than the interpretations of the Wing Chun forms by Grand Master Ip Chun:  This is intentional because I believe that Bruce Lee was correct when he said that Martial Arts is about expressing oneself honestly and naturally through movement.  Although I think students should start out the traditional way that Ip Chun demonstrates, I do hope that students’ forms evolve to the point where they are almost nothing like the way Ip Chun or myself demonstrate the forms at all, so that the student honestly and naturally expresses herself or himself through the art of  the meditative movement of Wing Chun.

A Note Regarding Qigong & Tai-Chi:

This is primarily a website highlighting the attributes of practicing Wing Chun as a method of self-cultivation, and I do my best to work a holistic approach to self cultivation into this website which is why the second page of this website (About Me & Holistic Lifestyle . . . ) includes everything from Wing Chun’s philosophical Buddhist foundation to a healthy diet, and psycho-social concepts and practices to help anyone who is using Wing Chun as a therapeutic modality to overcome depression, addiction, or any other affliction.  For this reason I have included a page on Qigong and Tai-Chi that you may choose to practice and learn prior to tackling Wing Chun or you may choose to learn these forms along with Wing Chun.  These forms are located on PAGE 7 of this website and can be accessed through the following link:  [Qigong & Tai-Chi].

 

Footnote On How to Learn Nun-Chucks:

The art of using “Nígū jiā tóu” (尼姑夹头) or “Nun-Chucks” is an esoteric art form taught from Master to Student (Disciple).  Nun-Chucks are NOT a part of Wing Chun, so it can be discerned that Bruce Lee learned how to use “Nun-Chucks” on his own.  He was so great with Nun-Chucks that he played a ping-pong (using his Nun-Chucks) against a professional and won!  It is easy enough to learn how to use “Nun-Chucks” on your own while standing still, although you will probably incur several fractures of the ulnar bone at the elbow, and skull fractures in addition to your elbow fractures.  The hardest part is learning to use Nun-Chucks while you are moving and flipping about.  However, since Wing does NOT TEACH the use of Nun-Chucks, it is safe to say that Bruce Lee learned how to use Nun-Chucks on his own by practicing day and night.  The best way that I can think of to learn to use Nun-Chucks is to tape a string from your roof down to a ping-pong ball and practice hitting the ping-pong ball while you are in a spinning motion with kicks, punches, and so forth.  The experienced and proficient use of Nun-Chucks can only be learned by experience, not from a teacher.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your interest:

Sincerely with honor,

Disciple Dragon Snake 

Dìzǐ Lóng Shé

弟子龙蛇

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Section 5: Weapons of Wing Chun

 

Traditional weapons of Wing Chun consist of:

 

Butterfly Swords / Baat Cham Dao:

Baat Cham Do / Butterfly Swords Form:

Baat Cham Do Teaching & Practice:

[Taken from the movie called “The Final Master” starring Fan Liao, Jia Song, & Wenli Jiang.  It is the BEST Baat Cham Do TRAINING example that I have seen on the internet so far, but of course it was coreographed.  The YouTube video of it can be found here:  Baat Cham Do Tutoring & Practice]

 

 

6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole Form / Luk Dim Boon Kwun:

Luk Dim Boon Kwun / 6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole Form:

I am unable to find a clearly coreographed and recorded video of someone demonstrarting the entire Luk Boon Kwun form, however I do notice the following pattern being repeated:

  1. Stand in a side-ways position with your feet such that one foot, your leading foot, is out in front and the raer foot is toward your backside.  Grasp the pole such that your leading hand is positioned (holding the pole) with the palmar side of your hand facing yourself, and the other hand grasps the pole such that the palmer side of the hand is facing away from you and your wrist is bent such that the palmer side of the hand faces upward.
  2. Lundge your leading leg outward as you thrust the pole forward as if spearing your opponent.
  3. Retract such that your leading foot comes back to its original position and lower the pole to your leading leg’s thigh which serves as a pivot-point for the pole, then move your end of the pole upward such that the tip of the pole goes downward.
  4. Then move your end of the pole downward such that the tip of the pole moves upward.
  5. Then bring the tip of the pole downward again but this time create a half circle with the tip of the pole as if to sweep someone’s feet so that the person falls.
  6. Start the sequence over from a different standing position.

 

 

 

The Wing Chun Single Fighting Cane Form & The Wing Chun Double Fighting Cane Form:

  • Since Butterfly Swords and the Dragon Cane are antiquated weapons which are no longer legal or practical to carry around with one, and sense I am teaching “PROGRESSIVE” Wing Chun, I practice two weapon forms which use Martial Arts Fighting Canes that are made of VERY SOLID, HEAVY STEEL, but are still PERFECTLY LEGAL to carry around on one’s hips for use as “walking canes.”
  • Both of these Wing Chun Fighting Cane Forms are in perfect keeping with the close-range attack principles of traditional Wing Chun and therefore seem to be a much more logical fit than the SIXTEEN FOOT, “6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole” (Luk Dim Boon Kwun).
  • Your weapon MUST become an extention of your own body:
    • You should practice your cane forms adnosium and participate in full contact sparing (with protective gear on and only using practice weapons – NOT real weapons) against opponents who use a highly diverse amount of weapons and styles of figting against you to the point that the cane (weapon) becomes a natural extension of your own body and is used in a very similar manner as the related parts of your body.  If you ever desire to become a TRUE master of your selected form of martial arts; you must learn through REAL application, not just “drills” against people who are using the same fighting technique as you are using.  As Bruce Lee stated, “Be water, my friend” because water can immediately adapt to any environmental set of circumstances that lay along the water’s path.  So too, YOU MUST be able to adapt your Wing Chun to a never ending variety of fighters with vastly different fighting backgrounds.  For example, would you use the same approach / technique when fighting against a boxer as you would when fighting against an expert in Krav Maga?  How about for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor?  How about for a 6th degree black belt in Karate who is nearly seven feet tall and weighs 300 pounds of solid muscle?  Also, ensuring that you spar or “friendly-fight” against an infinitely and increasingly diverse variety of fighters from drastically different backgrounds rather than just “sparing” which is a beginner’s step toward “full-contact” physical competition.
    • With regards to your weapon becoming an extension of your body:
      • BONG-SAOFor example, a bong-sao is usually performed such that your elbow is bent about 160 degrees while the elbow-to-shoulder line is aimed at your opponent’s head, with the elbow being higher than your hand.  Likewise, when you are holding a cane, the handle of the cane now serves as your elbow such that the handle of the cane is raised upward, pointing toward your opponent’s head and the angle between the cane and your completely extended arm is approximately 160 degrees thus forming a bong-sao with your arm and the cane.
      • TAUN-SAOSimilarly, when you perform a taun-sao while holding a cane, your hand holding the handle of the cane becomes your elbow which leads outward to the cane that is raised upward and outward with an angle between your cane and your fully extended arm being approximately 160 degrees.
      • Simply stated, when you are holding a weapon such as a cane, the principle of the blocking / striking position is the same, but the extremity is elongated creating a new pivot point.

[Ideal Fighting Canes]

  • Believe it or not, the very best fighting canes one can possibly buy do not come from a martial arts store of any kind.  The best fighting cane is actually the “Nova Bariatric Aluminum Cane with Strap in Black” from Walgreen’s pharmacy [CLICK HERE TO SEE].
  • I recommend using electrical tape to create a ball-shaped “holding position.”  During some sets you will hold the cane ¹ below the “ball,” in other sets you will hold the “ball” ² directly / itself,” and in sets such as those which require flipping and rotating the canes in your hands, you will need to hold the cane immediately ³ above the ball-shaped “holding position.”  This brings up an important point:  The ball-shaped “holding position” needs to be placed on the cane such that you can balance (WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE FROM YOUR OTHER HAND) the cane on one finger right AT the ball-shaped “holding position.”
  • To carry your canes on your waist / hip, I recommend the Condor Tactical Belt from www.amazon.com, search words: “Condor Tactical Belt ” or just click on the link just provided.  It comes with two side holders (or “loops“) that will fit your fighting cane perfectly, especially after you put the ball on each cane as I explained in the previous paragraph.  Here is a picture of the Condor Tactical Belt (which only costs around 14$):0-650-condor-tactical-belt-black_explanation provided
  • Not only is the (bariatric) cane the single most versatil and practical weapon that you can carry with you in this highly litegious and legal climate (in the USA and other countries), but I encourage you, when walking anywhere, to use one of the canes to walk with, and if you can limp on that one side = all the better!  Why do I say this?  The cane (especially when being used to walk) gives everyone the perception that you are handicapped, and therefore you are not of any harm.  It is important that you dress, behave, and carry yourself as though you are injured and know NOTHING about any kind of Martial Arts for a number of reasons:
    1. No one is likely to give you any crap about carrying the canes in your belt if it appears that they are a medical necessity:  If a police officer questions you about the canes, you always have the option of explaining that you are presribed a blood pressure medicine such as propranolol which causes orthostatic hypotension (a significant drop in blood pressure upon standing up that results in dizzyness or results in a state of unconsciousness) for the first hour after you take the medication and also throughout parts of the day if you forget to drink enough water, “So, you see officer, that without my cane I might get dizzy and fall overIf I drop my cane and have to bring myself to the floor to pick my cane back up I can use my other spare cane to help me bend down far enough to pick up the cane that I dropped.
    2. When someone tries to bully you, rob you, or has any other malintent toward you they will most likely NEVER expect to be “knocked upside the head” by a ten-twelve pound bariatric cane.  To explain further, lets consider a knife as a weapon:  The knife is traditionally held in a sheath.  The sheath is traditionally placed under one’s clothing.  Why was / is this so?  It is this way because you don’t want your potential opponent/s (perpetrators) to know what you are carrying in the way of weapons so that they will be completely unprepaired to guard themselves once they commence to physically harrassing you, bullying you, or trying to steal your money.  Due to your debilitated appearance (because of your canes being noticable as a tool for a physically handicapped person) the offender/s also will completely understimate your ability to protect yourself which again leaves the offender/s – perpetrators unprepared and gives YOU an OVERPOWERING ADVANTAGE!!!
    3. Yes, of COURSE I know that a fighting cane is NO match for a gun of any kind, but the fighting cane is the most all-around useful weapon to go up against hand knives (a cane has a much farther reach than a hand knife), baseball bats, and lead pipes that many people carry in their cars or on their persons.

 

Nova Bariatric Aluminum Cane with Strap in Black:

WING CHUN, VING TSUN, MARTIAL ARTS, KUNG FU, WANG CHUN, WENG CHUN, BONG SAO, TAUN SAO, PAK SAO, FUK SAO, FOK SAO, LAP SAO, HUEN SAO, GAUN SAO, STICKY HANDS, BAAT CHAM DO, BUTTERFLY SWORDS, 6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole, Luk Dim Boon Kwun, STAFF, SAI LIM TAO, CHAM KIU, BIU JI, BIU JEE, MAK YAN JONG, WOODEN DUMMY, IP MAN, TRADITIONAL WING CHUN, YIM WING CHUN, NG MUI, KUNG FU HISTORY, SELF HELP, PSYCHOSOCIAL, HOLISTIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL, MEDITAION, TAI CHI, QIGONG, IP MAN, BRUCE LEE.
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The Wing Chun Single Fighting Cane Form:

 

 

 

 

The Wing Chun Double Fighting Cane  Form:

 

 

 

 

The Baat Cham Do – Inspired Portion of the Double Fighting Canes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Form 1: Sai Nim [Lim] Tao ~(Little Idea)

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Sai Lim (NIM) Tao is a form that helps one become centered physically and emotionally as well as cognitively.  The form focuses on acquiring a mindful awareness of the very moment at hand without dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.  Sai Lim Tao uses a very specific manner of controlled breathing to facilitate mindfulness:  During the first part of Sai Lim Tao, outward and inward movement of the practitioner’s hand and arm occurs four times with each hand and arm:

The first time . . .

. . . the hand is moved outward in a perfectly straight line starting at one’s own solar plexus (the diaphragm just under the sternum and in the middle of the ribcage) until the arm is fully extended.  During extension of the arm the practitioner is to slowly breathe in for approximately four seconds with the goal being to breathe in fully and completely so that both the chest and the abdomen are fully expanded with fresh air.

While performing this movement it is very important to keep one’s elbow directly in front of one’s solar plexus throughout the entire extension:  This does not come naturally for most people but develops over time.  The purpose of this is to make sure that one’s elbow is blocking one’s solar plexus so that the practitioner gets used to protecting her/his solar plexus with her/his elbow at all times when engaged in a physical conflict because the solar plexus is a direct and immediate path to the diaphragm which is NOT protected by ribs:  This makes it easy for one’s opponent to strike at the solar plexus thereby knocking the wind out of the practitioner and consequently ending the fight because you cannot fight if you cannot breathe!

Then the same hand is brought back to the solar plexus as the practitioner exhales slowly over approximately four seconds:  The practitioner should be at the end of exhalation when the hand reaches the solar plexus, and should simply rest the diaphragm without immediately taking in another breath:  The idea is to hold the breath in the exhaled  position, with the lungs mostly exhaled, for approximately four secondsWhile resting one’s lungs during these four seconds the practitioner should, without moving the eyes from a fixed point (about 2 feet in front of the practitioner at the same level as her/his own solar plexus – ideally while staring at her/his reflection in a mirror), mentally make note of four things that the practitioner notices (sees) in her/his peripheral vision.  Doing this is a grounding technique that encourages the practitioner to remain mindful (in the moment).

The second time . . . 

The very same sequence is performed, but this time while the hand rests against the practitioner’s solar plexus and the practitioner is holding her/his breath (in the exhaled position without immediately inhaling) the practitioner is to listen carefully while attempting to take note of three sounds that are taking place within himelf/herself and/or his/her surroundings.  Not only is this an excellent grounding skill to keep oneself mindfully in the present moment (especially helpful when counteracting anxiety), but . . .

. . . the ability to hear where your opponent’s precise location is during hand-to-hand combat may be of critical significance if, for some reason, you are unable to see your opponent secondary to . . . (A)  being poked in the eyes by a perpetrator who unexpectedly attacks you, secondary to . . . (B)  having dirt/sand, pepper spray, or mace aimed at your eyes by an assailant, secondary to . . . (C)  being attacked late at night by a predator who has planned his attack during a time of night when visualization is extremely difficult, etc . . .).  During advanced Wing Chun training the opponents blindfold themselves prior to engaging in competitive sparing because this not only encourages better listening skills but it also encourages the practitioners to use INTUITION to feel / perceive where their opponent is located at, how the opponent plans to attack, where the opponent plans to attack, and when the opponent plans to attackWe will come back to this use of intuition in the last (fourth) movement of the hand and arm.

NOTE I understand if you have skepticism regarding this “intuitive” skill but allow me to provide you with a common, everyday occurrence as evidence that this intuitive skill is real:  Guys may be able to relate to this experience more than women.  So, fellows:  Have you ever been in a grocery store and you just happened to notice a “drop-dead gorgeous” woman on the COMPLETE OPPOSITE END of the store . . . so you figured, “What’s the harm in just looking?  She won’t catch me . . . and . . . it’s JUST a little ‘eye candy,’ so what’s the harm in looking for a moment?”

Then, as you were staring straight at this woman (with your tongue hanging out of your mouth like a rabid dog) she almost immediately turns her eyes STRAIGHT TOWARD YOU and catches you being a complete TROAL!  How humiliating! She intuitively FELT your gaze upon her!

Science has not defined a way to explain this phenomenon, but it is a factually based occurrence,  so MUCH so, that when I was in the army’s boot-camp they gave us a short and “dirty” (quick) lesson on how to kill a nearby enemy quietly with the bayonet (dagger) on the tip of our M-16 automatic weapons, for use ONLY when firing our weapons at the enemy was not an option because it would cause too much attention thereby giving away our location.  This may be antiquated by now (I’m not sure if this is still taught), but they taught us to walk using the edges of our feet instead of walking flat-footed,to make less noise, and of HIGH IMPORTANCE to this discussion, they taught us to NEVER look directly at the enemy whom you are sneaking up on, but rather, we were to stare at the ground about a foot away from the enemy and use our peripheral vision to view our enemy so that the enemy would be less likely to “feel” our gaze, which would turn US into the target instead of the enemy being the target.

So, believe it or not, intuitive skills such as this are very real and can be acquired and nurtured using various training methods.  Wing Chun is a close-range hand-to-hand combat strategy in which you are encouraged to boldly invade your opponent’s personal space (about four to six inches away from your opponent) and stay in that space until you have defeated your opponent.  When fighting this close to your opponent it is impossible to see how your opponent is going to attack you so you must intuitively perceive how your opponent will attack you.  I’m off this tangent; more on this subject later.

Back on track:  The thrid time . . .

. . . The very same sequence is performed by outward movement of the hand and arm over four seconds while inhaling into the chest and abdomen, followed by an inward return of the hand and arm over four seconds while exhaling , but this time while the hand rests against the practitioner’s solar plexus and the practitioner is holding her/his breath (in the exhaled position without immediately inhaling) the practitioner is to attempt to define two sensations that the practitioner feels such as bodily discomfort, an inner feeling of peace, a cool draft in the room, or in the case of a physical confrontation during which you are unable to see your opponent you must scan the environment with all of your senses while slowly and methodically searching your surroundings for your opponent’s location:  When your opponent is about one or two millimeters away from, for example, your arm, you may experience a piloerection which is when the static electricity of your opponent’s arm-hair electrically arcs such that it contacts the static electricity in the hairs of your arm thereby causing “goose-bumps” which are little parts of your skin which contain a small hair.  When that arm hair is electrically stimulated by the presence of your opponent, the bump of skin surrounding the hair will raise thereby alerting you to the presence of danger.  These “piloerections” are also called “horripilation.”  The ability to pick up on this extremely discrete manifestation is, of course, only a skill of a highly advanced martial artist.

The fourth time . . . 

This is the last time, in the Sai Lim Tao form, that your arm will extend and then retract in the manner that it has been doing.  Everything stays the same except once you reach the position of holding your breath for four seconds while your hand rests upon your solar plexus, your goal is to discern something (only one thing) intuitive that you are able to “pick up on” with the right hemisphere of your brain which is the abstract, language, and artistic portion of  your brain.  This intuitive perception can be a matter of introspection or an intuitively perceived component of your environment.  It is great practice to discuss with your sifu exactly what it was that you intuitively perceived (if you were able to perceive anything at all).

More about Sai Lim Tao . . .

When practicing this form, one should ideally practice in front of a mirror, focusing one’s eyes on the reflection of one’s own solar plexus, which is just below the chest in the center, where the diaphragm can be accessed by a forceful strike.  By focusing on this particular point of an opponent you are able to discern the movement of the entire body (inductive reasoning) If your opponent is going to punch you with his right hand, his right shoulder can be seen moving toward you in your peripheral vision.  Likewise, if your opponent is going to kick you with his left leg and foot , then the left hip can be seen moving toward you in your peripheral vision.

 

Sai Lim Tao places the student into a meditative state of mindfulness which prepares the student for the other forms of Wing Chun , for normal (or abnormal) stressors of  life, and for physical competition.

 

 

Here is a video of Ip Chun performing traditional Sai Nim Tao:

 

 

 

Here is me demonstrating traditional Sai Lim Tao:

 

 

My OWN interpretation of Sai Nim Tao only has a couple of differences from Traditional Sai Nim Tao #1.  Instead of performing a Huen-Sao in which you roll your wrist and hand upward and TOWARD your body to (theoretically) redirect a punch, I roll my wrist the opposite direction so that if someone has grabbed and “locked” my wrist after I implemented a punch or other strike, I roll my wrist and hand upward and AWAY from my body until my hand is in the position of holding a teacup, then I spill the teacup (an Eight Animal Kung Fu concept) thereby not only breaking my opponent’s grasp on my wrist, but actually reversing the situation so that now I have hold of my opponent’s wrist#2.  I added the Pak-Sao blocks to the form because these blocks (along with Fak-Sao blocks) are probably the best default blocking method to use in Wing Chun due to the universal (varied) applications of these blocks.

Here is me performing my OWN interpretation of Sai Nim Tao:

Bruce Lee’s Philosophy of Martial Art

According to Bruce Lee, one of Ip Man’s students, Martial Arts is an expression of oneself through movement.  Therefore the way that the practitioner moves should not be a robotic set of movements which are crystallized, but rather, these movements should be as water which assumes whatever form is necessary for the environmental conditions the water finds itself in.  “If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup . . . now water can flow or it can crash!  Be water, my friend.”

For this reason I encourage students to allow their forms and style of competitive fighting to evolve.  Please watch this video of Bruce Lee:

 

 

 

Additional viewing / listening about Bruce Lee:

[Bruce Lee’s One Inch Punch on YouTube]

 

 

“I am Bruce Lee” ~ This is a conglomeration of specific parts of Bruce Lee’s Interview on the Pierre Berton Show in 1971, set to the back drop of “Rap beat – |Carried by Wind| Oriental Chinese Japanese Asian Hip-Hop Instrumental Music” found on YouTube [HERE]:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your interest:

Sincerely with honor,

Disciple Dragon Snake

Dìzǐ Lóng Shé

弟子龙蛇

Email:  CONTACT@PROGRESSIVEWINGCHUN4U.COM

 

 

 

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