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).
[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 below the “holding position,” in other sets you will hold the “ball” at the “holding position,” and in sets such as those which require flipping and rotating the canes in your hands you will need to hold the cane immediately 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 the cane on one finger right above the ball-shaped “holding position.”
Nova Bariatric Aluminum Cane with Strap in Black:
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:
Mak Yaun Jong Portable Dummy and Stationary Dummy:
Mak Yaun Jong uses a wooden dummy with simulated arms and a leg to combine all of the previous Wing Chun forms into one formwhich teaches the student to move around the wooden dummy as water moves gracefully around any obstacle. It serves as an intermediate between the first three “hand” forms and the experience of competing against an actual live opponent. This photograph is of actor and Martial Artist, Donnie Yen, in his role as the Grand Master, Ip Man.
Here is Ip Chun demonstrating Mak Yaun Jong:
Here is my interpretation of the Mak Yaun Jong (Wooden Dummy) form in VERY SLOW MOTION with step-by-step explanations, then at the end of the video is the whole form again at regular speed:
Biu Tze is the last of the three forms that are taught without the use of a wooden dummy. It is sometimes referred to as an “emergency” form because it involves a lot of eye thrusts (gouging) and in some cases testicular attacks. It also demonstrates how to break out of choke holds and other neck holds.
Here is Ip Chun demonstrating traditional Biu Tze:
Me demonstrating traditionalBiu Tze:
My OWN Interpretation of Biu Tze is combined with the Dragon-Snake style of Eight Animal Kung Fu, and since Biu Tze is sometimes referred to as an “emergency” form, I included an “MMA Mount Escape” (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) for an emergency situation when someone has pinned you to the floor and is “jack-hammering (punching) your face (This is when your opponent has “mounted” you and is therefore called the “Mount Position“), and how to “somersault” backwards when someone “bull-rushes” you to knock you down in an attempt to pin you. Note: There are other ways to deal with someone “bull-rushing” you such as dropping an elbow down hard upon the center of the opponent’s skull thereby causing a cervical fracture (lethal), dropping your elbow down between his shoulder blades (scapula) which is a lot less lethal but very painful, or kicking the opponent in whichever part of the opponent’s body is most opportune. You can also “tripod” outward such that your upper body is leaning toward your opponent who has grabbed you down low on your body such as your waist or legs while you spread your feet out wide in the opposite direction (away from your opponent), but this tends to precipitate a wrestling match which is probably NOT a situation that you want to put yourself in. Here is my OWN “Dragon-Snake” interpretation of Biu Tze:
Cham Kiu is the form that teaches you how to “close the gap” between you and your opponent by moving toward your opponent. Wing Chun is a form of close-range contact fighting, so the goal is to get as close to your opponent as possible. By doing so, your opponent will not be able to see what your planned attack is, however, you will also not be able to see what your opponent’s planned attack is, so you need to develop an intuitive perception of when, where, and how you will be attacked, and simultaneously you must instinctively react with a combination of a block and a counterattack which ideally occur at the very same time. “Sticky Hands” (Sticky Hands Drill on YouTube) & “Sticky Feet” practical drills will help you develop this intuition and instinctive response. Cham Kiu emphasizes kicking your opponent’s leading leg (knee) while stepping toward your opponent and blocking any upper body attacks with a block called the “Bong-Sau” (Bong-Sao Drills).
Here is a video of Ip Chun performing traditional Cham Kiu:
Here is me demonstrating traditionalCham Kiu:
In my OWN interpretation of Cham Kiu I emphasize kicking your opponent’s leading knee, then stepping in with a Bong-Sao to protect your upper body from an attack; this would be an opportune time to counterattack with fist-strikes to your opponent’s head or whichever part of your opponent’s upper body is available for attack.
Sai Nim Tao is a form that helps one become centered physically and emotionally as well as cognitively. When practicing this form one should practice in front of a mirrorfocusing one’s eyes on 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: 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 the left hip can be seen moving toward you in your peripheral vision. Sai Nim Tao places the student into a meditative state of mindfulness which prepares the student for the other forms or for competition.
Here is a video of Ip Chun performing traditional Sai Nim Tao:
Here is me demonstrating traditionalSai 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:
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:
“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]: