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Didorong oleh tingginya animo permintaan terhadap wingchun dari berbagai lapisan masyarakat, khususnya setelah film Ip Man Donnie Yen booming, Perguruan Kungfu Shaolin Naga Putih akhirnya membuka kelas wingchun pada 12 Agustus 2009, yang dikenal dengan “Wingchun Naga Putih” alias “Bailong Wingchun” (白龍詠春).

Style Bailong Wingchun
Style wingchun dari Naga Putih adalah wingchun orthodoks dan tradisional. Wingchun semacam ini merupakan wingchun periode awal yang melekat dengan sejarah Shaolin ketika zaman Dinasti Qing. Konon, wingchun merupakan teknik yang diciptakan oleh Bhiksuni Ng Mui bersama dengan keempat pendekar Shaolin lainnya untuk mempersiapkan para bhiksu Shaolin menghadapi serangan pasukan Dinasti Qing. Kala itu, sebagian besar pendekar Shaolin masih pada level menengah. Mereka secara fisik sangat kuat, namun teknik bertempurnya belum matang. Hingga akhirnya, kelima pakar beladiri tersebut menformulasikan sebuah teknik yang efisien, efektif, namun sangat mematikan, yang saat itu teknik tersebut belum mempunyai nama.

Beberapa tahun kemudian, Bhiksuni Ng Mui mengajarkan teknik dahsyat ini kepada Yim Wingchun. Teknik yang semula tak bernama ini dinamakan wingchun, sesuai dengan nama pendekar perempuan tersebut. Jadi, style Bailong Wingchun adalah wingchun aliran Yongchun yang berasal dari China daratan, yang membedakan dengan style wingchun pada umumnya yang berasal dari Hongkong.

Pukulan dan Tendangan
Walaupun asalnya merupakan beladiri khusus perempuan, teknik wingchun tradisional dan orthodoks amatlah efektif dan mematikan. Teknik pertarungan jarak dekat ini didominasi oleh sekitar 75% pukulan dan hanya sekitar 25% tendangan. Tak heran, di Bailong Wingchun terdapat sekitar 80-an macam pukulan, tetapi hanya ada tiga macam tendangan rendah, yaitu chuaitui, dengtui depan, dengtui serong, dan dulibu-dengtui, serta satu tendangan tinggi, yaitu lihetui. Semua pukulan dan tendangan tersebut dikombinasi dengan empat macam kuda-kuda, yaitu mabu, dingxie, gaibu, dan dulibu. Namun dari semuanya bisa menghasilkan 500-an kombinasi yang mencengangkan, bahkan serangan bisa ditutup dengan kunci-kuncian yang dahsyat!

Prinsip Pertahanan dan Serangan
Wingchun memiliki prinsip “maju tak gentar”, alias THE BEST DEFENSE IS ATTACK! Tak ada kata mengindar. Kasarannya, “hajar terus”!. Tangan dan kaki diadu semuanya. Untuk mendukung prinsip ini, wingchun menerapkan konsep “garis lurus” pada posisi tubuh (shenxing), yaitu membayangkan adanya garis lurus mendatar ditarik dari mulai dada praktisi wingchun sampai ke dada lawannya, yang diterapkan pada pertahanan dan penyerangan. Sasaran-sasarannya utamanya,seperti kemaluan, uluhati, tenggorokan, hidung, dan mata,berada di dekat garis lurus tersebut. Karena itu, serangan wingchun sangat efektif dan efisien. Serangannya tak membutuhkan banyak tenaga, karena tenaga rantai pukulan didapatkan dari seluruh tubuh akibat ditekuknya siku saat memukul, bukan sekadar dari ayunan tangan belaka. Selain itu, otot harus relaks pada saat membombardir lawan dengan rentetan pukulan. Tidak boleh tegang dan dikeraskan. Jika tidak, akibatnya akan mengurangi kecepatan dan power. Dengan demikian, dampaknya cidera bagi lawan akan lebih besar daripada sekadar mengandalkan tenaga dari ayunan dan momentum. Less power, huge damage!

Beberapa Latihan Pendukung
Perlu dicatat, sebelum tangan yang ditekuk dapat menghasilkan tenaga yang kuat, tangan haruslah kuat dan padat. Karena itu, ada beberapa latihan fisik khusus untuk membentuk otot tangan dan bahu, baik otot luar maupun otot dalam. Misalnya, push-up tahan, jatuh-depan-mabu, pukulan tapak Buddha pada benda keras, membenturkan tangan dengan tangkisan pada patung kayu (mok yan jong) atau wooden dummy, memukul dengan tangan lurus ratusan kali, dan sebagainya.

Pola langkah (bufa) juga dilatih sedemikian rupa, sehingga dapat menjangkau jarak yang agak jauh, atau “masuk” ke lawan dengan tak terduga dengan sangat rapat. Dasarnya diolah dari kuda-kuda mabu, dingxie, gaibu, dan dulibu. Praktisi wingchun yang mahir akan membentuk pola langkah yin-yang untuk bersiap-siap menghadapi lawan, apalagi jika lawannya lebih dari dua orang.

Di samping itu, yang tak kalah pentingnya adalah teknik mengolah pernafasan qi gong. Gunanya untuk membentuk tenaga dalam, sehingga tenaga serangan dan pertahanan akan lebih dahsyat, serta berguna untuk penyembuhan diri. Karena itu di Bailong Wingchun, siswa juga diajarkan qi gong.

Karena dasarnya adalah Shaolin, dasar-dasar akrobat juga dilatih. Namun demikian, teknik akrobat yang dilatih hanya sedikit, yaitu rol depan (gunfan), sway, dan jatuh-depan-mabu. Selain memperkaya serangan, latihan-latihan ini juga berguna untuk membentuk otot serangan dan pertahanan.

Hallo Kungfu-mania[c]!

Karate Uchi-Ryu (上地流空手) boleh dibilang unik di antara perguruan karate lainnya. Sebab, tekniknya yang paling dekat dengan kungfu. Ini juga diakui oleh berbagai perguruan karate dan kalangan karateka. Gerakannya pun juga tidak sekaku karate, ada perpaduan dengan unsur lembutnya. Ya, dari perspektif sejarah beladiri, inilah karate yang bisa dikatakan otentik yang sangat terlihat pengaruh beladiri China.

Dalam wikipedia, teknik Uchi-Ryu sebenarnya didominasi oleh salah satu aliran kungfu selatan yang sudah sukar ditemui aslinya, yaitu Pangainun. Namun pendirinya, Kanbun Uechi (上地完文), merujuk Uchi-Ryu pada Pukulan/Tinju Belalang Sembah Selatan. Dasar gerakannya berasal dari tiga hewan, yaitu naga, macan, dan bangau. Namun, beberapa kuda-kuda, postur tubuh, dan sebagian tekniknya menyerupai dengan belalang sembah selatan. Bahkan, unsur Taizu Quan dan Bangau Putih Fukkien juga nampak dari gerakan-gerakannya.

Uechi-san yang asal Okinawa itu, juga sempat membuka sekolah di Provinsi Nanjing, sebelum akhirnya pulang ke kampung halamannya dan membuka sekolah di sana. Sebelumnya, Uechi-san berguru pada Zhou Zi He di Fuzhou, Fukkien, China, pada usia 20 tahun.

Yuks, kita lihat!

Mengenal Uechi-Ryu

Kata Sanchin: Tahan Nafas…Buk!!!


Hallo Kungfu-mania[c]!

Wu zu quan (五祖拳), atau dalam Hokkien disebut ngo cho kun, alias Pukulan/Tinju Lima Leluhur (five ancestors fist/boxing), sangat terkenal di China daratan, khususnya di daerah selatan. Dalam wikipedia disebutkan bahwa teknik yang digunakan berasal dari lima jurus yang berbeda, yaitu:

  1. teknik pernafasan dan tubuh besi dari Budidharma;
  2. postur tubuh dan dinamika tenaga dari Luohan;
  3. gerakan yang efisien dan tepat dari Kaisar Taizu;
  4. teknik tangan dan keterpaduan antara yang kasar dengan halus dari Bangau Putih Fujian (pada akhir Dinasti Manchu); dan
  5. ketangkasan dan pola langkah dari monyet.

Di Indonesia, aliran ini dibawa oleh tiga orang, yaitu:

  1. Surabaya: Goei Bo Qi;
  2. Surakarta: Lim Cui Gang; dan
  3. Jakarta: Lo Ban Teng

Namun demikian, Wu Zu Quan juga diajarkan di Shaolin. Ini terbukti, Master Gatut Suardhana dari Naga Putih juga menguasainya, diturunkan dari Bhiksu She Han Giok Gian.

Untuk lebih jelasnya, yuks kita simak videonya!

Petarungan!

Jurus Sam Chian/San Zhan (三戦) alias “Tiga Pertempuran”

Perbandingan Sam Chian China dengan Sanchin (三戦) dalam Karate**

**Sanchin bisa ditemukan pada beberapa aliran karate, seperti Shito-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, dan Uechi-Ryu.

Hallo Kungfu-mania[c]!

Siapa yang tak kenal kedahsyatan kung fu xing yi/hsing yi yang berasal dari gerakan berbagai hewan ini?

Konon, praktisi kungfu ini memiliki badan sekeras baja, walaupun usia sudah manula sekali pun! Kungfu ini pada mulanya dikembangkan dari jurus-jurus tombak. Kung fu yang juga dikuasai oleh Guru Besar Kungfu Shaolinshe Naga Putih Master Gatut Suardana** ini dasarnya adalah pukulan lima elemen dasar, yaitu:

  1. logam yang berkarakter ‘pi’ () atau memecah;
  2. api yang berkarakter ‘pao’ () atau memukul atau menggedor;
  3. air yang berkarakter ‘zuan’ () atau mengebor;
  4. bumi yang berkarakter ‘heng’ () atau menyilang; dan
  5. kayu yang berkarakter ‘beng’ () atau menghancurkan.

Basis filsafat xing yi adalah taoisme. Namun demikian, kungfu ini juga bisa ditemukan di Shaolin yang berbasis Buddhisme Chan/Zen. Chi Shin, salah seorang Lima Tetua Shaolin juga dikenal sangat taois.

Penasaran??? Silakan tengok cuplikannya:

Lima Elemen Dasar dan Aplikasi

…lagi, aplikasi!

Shaolin Xing Yi



Aplikasi Sederhana Xing Yi Ba oleh Bhiksu Shaolin


**Kungfu Shaolinshie Naga Putih menyisipkan materi ini pada pogram “Bailong Wingchun” atau Wingchun Naga Putih.

Wing Chun (詠春 in pinyin: yong3 chun1; in Jyutping: wing4 ceon1). Wing Chun, according to legend, was a style of Chinese martial arts technique designed by the Shaolin monks for the smaller stature of women fighters. Although there are many legends about the origins of what have become traditional Cantonese martial arts, one legend avers that, after escaping the destruction of the Fujian Shaolin monastery, a nun named Abbess Ng Mui (五枚大師 wu3 mei2 da4 shi1; ng5 mui4 daai6 si1) taught her own style of Kung Fu to a young woman whom she adopted named Yim Wing-chun (嚴詠春 yan2 yong3 chun1; jim4 wing4-ceon1), whose name means “Sing Praise Spring,” from whom the style gets its name. Wing-chun was being bullied into marriage by a local warlord but, by learning from Ng Mui, was able to defeat the warlord in hand to hand combat and marry her own chosen fiancé. The style was then passed down their family line. Martial arts historian please confirm.
Unfortunately, the legendary history cannot be confirmed and has been the subject of debate for decades. The only historical figure generally agreed upon is Leung Jan (梁贊 liang2 zan4; loeng4 zaan3), an herbal doctor who lived in the Chinese city of Foshan in the 19th century. Among his handful of students were Leung Bik (梁碧 liang2 bi4; loeng4 bik1), Chan Wah-shun (陳華順 chen2 hua2 shun4; can4 waa4 seon6) (aka “Money-changer Wa”), and his son Leung Chun (梁? liang2 ?; loeng4 ?). Of these, Leung Bik and Chan Wa-shun were the primary teachers of Yip Man.

Leung Jan is said to have learned from two people, Wong Wah-bo (黃華寳 huang2 hua2 bao3; wong4 waa4 bou2) and Leung Yee-tai (梁二娣 liang2 er4 ti4; loeng4 ji6 tai5), both of whom are said to have been experts at different aspects of Wing Chun, and at least one of whom (Leung Yee-tai) was a traveling performer with a Chinese opera troupe which moved from place to place by boat.

Other alternative histories for Wing Chun typically involve connections to the Triads, revolutionary groups, or the Hakka people of southern China.

Also of note: The existence of a town in the Fujian (福建 pinyin: Fújiàn) province of China that bears the name Yong Chun (永 春 pinyin yong3 chun1 jyutping wing6 ceon1) meaning ‘forever spring’ is of significant coincidence. The Yong 永 of the town Yong Chun means ‘forever’ while the Wing 詠 in Wing Chun actually means ‘sing’. Both however have the same radical 水. There are several other styles of kung fu that stem from this region, most notably White Crane that many of the legends ascribing to Wing Chun cite Ng Mui as the creator of. It is noted that there are simillarities between White Crane and Wing Chun kung fu, as well as White Crane’s apparant influence in Japanese styles of martial arts.

Forms

The central principle is developing a skill called “Chi Sao” (literally, “sticky arms”) which comes from developing a sensitivity in the arms and legs (Chi Gerk, “sticky legs”) to “stick” to an opponent’s limbs, preventing them from penetrating your defense, and then using quick, direct attacks once the way forward becomes clear.

Although initially developed as an unarmed form of combat, the Wing Chun system also incorporated the use of the pole and butterfly swords during its evolution.

As the style is taught conceptually, rather than with emphasis on techniques, there have been several interpretations of the art over time. This is reflected in the separate schools established by in later years, as listed below.

There are 3 main empty hand forms typically found within the system, each of which imparts and builds on foundational concepts:

* Siu Nim Tao (Sil Lum Tao) (“the little idea”)
* Chum Kiu (Chum Kil) (“seeking the bridge”)
* Biu Tze (Bill Jee) (“thrusting fingers”)

A fourth empty hand form uses a training aid:

* Mook Yun Jong (“wooden dummy”)

Commonly, the wooden dummy form is said to encompass the three sets, while the three sets are said to encompass the wooden dummy form.

The “six and a half point” pole form and the “eight chopping” knives forms are primarily used to develop and condition the empty hand movements.

Characteristics and Principles

Wing Chun has managed to retain its focus as a practical fighting art. It has avoided being modified into a competitive (rule based) point-scored sport or demonstration art. Wing Chun tournaments are rare or unknown.

The more effective Wing Chun strikes (eyes, throat, knee) are too dangerous even for freestyle competitions. Wing Chun is therefore rarely seen in competition.

Wing Chun is not just a collection of unrelated techniques. It has a core set of guiding principles which allows practitioners to decide what is correct or incorrect Wing Chun. This keeps the art a pure and integrated fighting system, while allowing direction for growth that is consistent with its principles.

Since one of Wing Chun principles is simplicity, ‘growth’ should be understood as ‘refinement’.

These guiding principles are strictly practical and is part of the reason for Wing Chun’s uniquely scientific and logical approach to fighting. It is likely that Bruce Lee managed to develop Jeet Kune Do from Wing Chun because Wing Chun trained him to think about fighting in a scientific way.

All Wing Chun techniques have a practical purpose. There are no flowery moves or graceful techniques that mimic animal movements. To the uninitiated, Wing Chun can appear less effective when compared with more dramatic styles. Like Hsing Yi, another linear style, Wing Chun practitioners pride themselves on plain-looking but effective techniques. The crowd-pleasing elaborate moves used by Bruce Lee in his movies are not real Wing Chun or Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee consciously choreographed more flamboyant moves to entertain his fans. His actual fighting style was simple, direct and effective.

Following this utilitarian approach, the names of Wing Chun techniques are purely descriptive. For example – bounce hand (tan sau), wing arm (bong sau), slapping hand (pak sau). Wing Chun terminology is traditionally rendered in the Cantonese dialect of Chinese.

External Style

Wing Chun is an external style (relies on body mechanics), not an internal style (nei chia) that makes use of Qi or internal energy.

While there have been claims to the contrary, any use of internal energy in Wing Chun is peripheral or supplemental at best.

This is not to say that Wing Chun relies on brute strength. On the contrary, softness (via relaxation) is fundamental to the style, and essential to deflect, negate, and use an opponent’s power against him.

Classification as a “hard” style is therefore misleading. While some say that, even tense, it is possible to use Wing Chun, such an unsophisticated approach is easily defeated by a skilled Wing Chun practitioner.

Even Chi Sao can be misused if too much force is used. Yip Man did not lose to his young students in Chi Sao even during his later years, when he was weaker. He used his superior sensitivity and body structure to control their power.

Skill does not come automatically. The difference in the application of techniques can be subtle. Proper instruction is crucial.

Close Range

Wing Chun is one of the few styles that emphasizes non-grappling close range fighting. Ideal Wing Chun fighting distance is fist, elbow and knee range. While the Wing Chun forward kick can be considered a long range technique, Wing Chun practitioners concentrate on “entry techniques” – getting past an opponent’s kicks and punches to bring him within range of Wing Chun’s rich close range repertoire.

Other styles reason that you should aim to strike at maximum range – which means kicking. This is because if you do not, your opponent will be able to hit you before you can hit him.

Wing Chun teaches that it is always possible to get past an opponent’s long range technique and close in to fight on Wing Chun’s terms. A kick can be jammed before full extension, before it develops full power. A kick can also be jammed when it is being withdrawn, as all kicks inevitably have to be. A Wing Chun practitioner will rush in during these times, using quick footwork to close the distance.

A favorite Wing Chun saying is “stay as he comes, follow as he goes” to emphasize its close range and stick-to-your-opponent approach to fighting.

Speed

Wing Chun values speed over power. A weak fast punch that is too fast to be avoided is better than a powerful slow punch that can be dodged or deflected.

Striking inevitably opens up part of your own body to attack. A fast strike reduces the exposure time.

A punch is faster than a kick, so punches are emphasized over kicks. Punches are also safer as they do not disrupt the body’s centre of gravity as much as kicks do. Kicks are kept low, below or slightly above the waist, so as to not to be grabbed by your opponent’s faster hands.

Wing Chun’s emphasis on speed arises naturally from its close range fighting focus. At close range, a punch has less distance to travel and so will arrive more quickly. At close range, hand positions can be difficult to see because of this heightened speed. This is why Chi Sao is used to train a Wing Chun practitioner to sense his opponent’s hand position and probe for holes in his defense, from touch alone.

The Wing Chun stance is also designed for speed. The feet are kept about a shoulder’s width apart, forming a good balance between speed and stability. A wider stance would be more stable but would slow down kicks and footwork.

A highly trained Wing Chun practitioner achieves maximum speed by acting reflexively and instinctively to his opponent’s moves. Chi Sao training will help in this. He does not think “if my opponent does this I will counter with that”. Instead, he just reacts.

The speed at which Bruce Lee fought in his later movies is not an accurate representation of the speed at which Wing Chun or Jeet Kune Do is conducted. Bruce Lee slowed down to make his movements easier to see. His earlier movies such as Chinese Connection http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068767/ are more realistic in this regard.

Vertical Punch

This is the defining technique of Wing Chun. Punches are thrown with the elbow down and in front of the body. The fist is held vertical and the contact points are the bottom three knuckles. The fist is twisted on impact for maximum effect.

The advantages of the vertical punch are speed, protection, hand strength and force redirection.

* Speed. Because the elbow is not swung back behind the body, the vertical punch is faster than a conventional roundhouse punch. This does mean that the vertical punch is less powerful. Power is traded off for speed. The waist is twisted to add power to the vertical punch, but this is not possible in the chain punch (see below) as it would be too slow.

* Protection. Keeping the elbow low and forward protects the front of the body whereas swinging the elbow back would open up the front of the body to attack.

* Hand strength. The vertical fist places the knuckles forward, allowing them to take the impact of the punch and transmit the force down the back of the hand. A horizontal fist, in contrast, puts the finger joints in front of the knuckles so the impact must be taken there, making it easier to break the fingers. This can be tested by punching a wall with a vertical and then a horizontal fist. Note that the vertical fist can be used to strike a hard wall without causing pain at medium levels of force. This is not possible with a horizontal fist.

* Force redirection. The vertical punch redirects the force from the punch downwards into the puncher’s legs and into the ground. In contrast the horizontal punch redirects the force from the punch sideways into the puncher’s waist. This gives the vertical punch a more solid foundation.

The last item above can be easily tested. Hold you fist vertically in front of you, your elbow down, one foot behind the other. Ask someone to push against your fist and you will feel his force being redirected into the ground. Repeat, but with your fist horizontal and your elbow at shoulder height and to the side. You will feel his force twisting you sideways, leaving you with nothing to push back against.

The vertical punch is so effective that Bruce Lee kept it unchanged, in Jeet Kune Do.

The vertical punch is the basis for the Wing Chun chain punch – alternate left and right vertical punches thrown in quick succession, resulting in a fast flurry of punches of a few punches per second. The chain punch is simple, effective and difficult to counter.

Wing Chun students are taught that when in doubt as to which technique to use, they should attack with the chain punch. This avoids the “analysis paralysis” that can occur when an overly-trained martial artist gets into an unstructured street fight.

Centerline

Wing Chun emphasizes attack and defense along an imaginary vertical line drawn along the nose, throat, navel and groin. The human body’s prime striking targets are considered to be on or near this line.

A Wing Chun practitioner will strive to protect his centerline and attack his opponent’s. Footwork is used to move your centerline away from an opponent’s attack and to position your hands and feet to attack his centerline.

Wing Chun techniques are “closed”, the limbs drawn in to protect the centerline. The hands should not move beyond the vertical circle that is described by swinging the arms in front, with the hands crossed at the wrists. To reach outside this area, footwork is used.

Linear Movement

Strikes are linear. This is in the belief that the fastest path between two points is a straight line. Some blocking movements however, can be circular.

Note that the vertical punch is linear – only straight line movements are used.

Simultaneous Attack and Defense

Whenever possible, an arm will be used to block and strike in one movement. This allows for fast counter attacks, compared to the conventional block with one hand followed by a counterpunch with the other.

Independent Movement of Limbs

A Wing Chun practitioner should be able to punch and kick at the same time, thereby confusing his opponent. Any combination of punches and kicks can be used, so that his attack will be difficult to predict. His opponent cannot hope that punch A will always be thrown together with kick X as any punch can be used with any kick.

Even the arms are trained to move independently of each other. This is one of the purposes of the Siu Nim Tao.

Risk Aversion

A life-or-death combat situation is no time to take unnecessary risks. Wing Chun is conservative in this regard. Equal emphasis is placed on offensive and defensive measures.

Most hand techniques place one hand close to the chest, to ward off punches that manage to get past the lead hand. The elbows are kept low, to protect the body. The head is tilted forward and down to protect the throat with the chin.

Proper balance is always maintained. Wing Chun practitioners will not risk their balance by over-reaching to attack an opponent. Strikes should be launched from a solid base. All-or-nothing gambles are not worth the risk.

Feints are discouraged as these are seen as opening up your body to attack, with no possibility of hitting your opponent in return.

Balance and Body Structure

Overall body balance is emphasized as this affects speed. A well balanced body can move more quickly. The trunk is always kept upright for this purpose.

A Wing Chun practitioner will not lean sideways in order to throw a high kick to an opponent’s head. Changing your body’s center of gravity so radically brings grave speed penalties, aside from opening your groin to attack and your foot to grabbing.

Bobbing and weaving is not used to dodge punches. Footwork is considered faster for dodging, and does not endanger stability or body structure.

Wing Chun practitioners believe that the person with the better body structure will win.

Proper body structure is used to redirect horizontal force from a punch, vertically into the ground. This allows more powerful punches to be thrown.

Proper positioning of arms will close holes in your defense, allowing no avenue for your opponent to strike.

For example, the forearm in the bong sau should be kept high so as to deflect punches upwards. The bong sau forearm is also kept forward because having it too far back weakens the leverage of the triceps and allows the forearm to be pushed back.

Wing Chun students are taught how to test each technique against specific attacks so that they can assume the correct positions from actual feedback and not from blindly following their instructor. Proper stances are checked by having someone push against you to check your stability.

Chum Kiu, the second form, consists of techniques to destroy you opponent’s structure and balance, leaving him open to attack.

Biu Tze, the third form, consists of techniques to counter attack when you are in a disadvantageous situation, when your structure and balance have been compromised.

Relaxation

Wing Chun techniques are performed in a relaxed manner, during both training and in actual combat.

* Muscles act in pairs in opposition to each other (e.g. biceps and triceps). If the arm is tensed, maximum punching speed cannot be achieved as the biceps will be opposing the extension of the arm.

* Unnecessary tension wastes energy, causing fatigue. This can be critical in an extended engagement.

* Tension stiffens the arms, making them less sensitive in Chi Sao and reduces your ability to sense your opponent’s intentions.

The mind should also be relaxed when fighting. The gritted teeth, bulging neck muscles attitude of The Incredible Hulk is not the correct Wing Chun fighting attitude.

This relaxed approach is extended into the training itself. It would be difficult to teach students to relax if the training atmosphere itself was tense. Wing Chun classes are commonly relaxed and light hearted affairs. Sifus are friendly and open, far from the Hollywood (and Hong Kong) caricature of sadistic inscrutable taskmasters.

Weapons

Whereas primarily an empty hand style, weapon training has been added to the style. Such a training is considered dangerous/secret and is thus only tought at master level.

The two weapons of Wing Chun are

* dragon pole
* “butterfly”; dual broadswords

Training

Wing Chun students are taught the reasoning behind each technique that they learn. This avoids them going through the motions without knowing how to apply them. This theoretical grounding also allows them to analyze other styles for strengths and weaknesses.

Wing Chun as taught by Yip Man was in some ways a socially revolutionary art. There were no ranks or titles in the art. One’s standing in the wing chun did not come from “time in grade” or “age”; instead, the “hands did the talking” and made clear who had superior skill. Indeed, one of the first things that one learned was to look straight at the instructor, which could be difficult as Chinese social mores placed emphasis on respect for elders, for example by avoiding direct gaze. A wing chun kwoon (“training hall”) could be likened to a wolf pack rather than to a hierarchical military-style organization.

Wing Chun also makes use of a number of kuen kuit to teach the art. These are short, often sing-song, sayings or rhymes that indicate principles, or strategies, or even particular responses. Although these can be written in chinese characters, they are actually Cantonese (so have no real written equivalent). In many cases, their meaning rested on slang that was not necessarily widely known. In others, although the meaning might be “clear”, the actual meaning for the art would require that you physically learn something.

Personalities

Yip Man was the first person to teach Wing Chun to a wider public. After his death, many of his students formed separate schools. In some cases, instructors developed more systematic methodologies of teaching Wing Chun — however, there is probably no substitute for direct hands-on transmission of the feel of the art. This has lead to varying interpretations of the art.

Yip Man was well-known for having a very quick wit and an acid tongue. His teaching style, along with the very direct nature of the art and its despising of superfluous talk, infuses the art with a certain edginess. This is probably why Wing Chun is well-known for being split into many factions, each of which feel that they are the holders of the true transmission of the art.

* Simon Lau [1]
* Leung Ting (Grandmaster of “Wing Tsun” branch)
* Leung Sheung
* Lok Yiu
* Moy Yat [2]
* Wong Shun Leung (Grandmaster of “Ving Tsun” branch, taught Bruce Lee)
* William Cheung (Grandmaster of “Traditional Wing Chun” branch)
* Yip Chun (Yip Man’s son)
* Yip Ching (Yip Man’s son)
* Lo Man Kam (Yip Man’s nephew)
* Emin Boztepe (is no Yip Man student, student of Keith Kernspecht a disciple of Leung Ting)

Yip Man’s lineage is not the only one that exists and there are several different histories which confirm and contradict Yip Man’s histories. Yip Man had many peers who passed on the art of Wing Chun resulting in, to name a few, the Yuen Kay San Gu Lao and Pan Nam branches. It is said that there are 7 main Wing Chun families in mainland China. Some other branches are found in Malaysia, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

Bruce Lee trained in Wing Chun and later incorporated some of its moves and philosophy into the Jeet Kune Do style he later personally developed. Jeet Kune Do differs greatly from Wing Chun as taught by Yip Man.

Source: http://www.knowledgerush.com/kr/encyclopedia/Yong_Chun_Quan/

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