The Wing Chun Kung Fu System
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The Wing Chun Kung Fu system consist of three open hand forms, a wooden dummy form, and two weapon forms. The open hand forms include Sil Nim Tao, Chum Kiu, and Biu Jee. The weapon forms include the Luk Dim Poon Kwan (6 1/2 point pole) and Baat Cham Dao
"Kung Fu can not be taught by books, magazines, or videos."
-Yip Man quote
All the information here by given is for reference only. If you are serious about learning Wing Chun Kung Fu, we highly recommend for your own good to find a qualified instructor.
Sil Nim Tao
The first form in the Wing Chun Kung Fu system.
The name "Sil Nim Tao" translates to "little idea", "small thought"or what we like to call "a thinking form". Sil Nim Tao will teach students precise hand positioning and movement, Internal power, structure, and build a strong horse foundation. The form also introduces students to the centerline concept, which is perhaps the most important principle in Wing Chun Kung Fu. The form should be practiced in a slow and very relaxed manner.
Chum Kiu (Seeking the bridge) is the second form in the Wing Chun Kung Fu system.
This form will teach you how to move your body in a well balanced manner so you won't lose your equilibrium (balance), and structure while applying your kung fu in motion. It will help you to make contact between you and your opponent in a more precise, balanced and structural way. Students should play this form repeatedly by itself or together with Sil Nim Tao for many months until the practitioner wears down three pairs of traditional Kung Fu shoes. Only then should the student be considered being ready for the third form
Biu Jee is the third open hand form in the Wing Chun system
Biu Jee means "thrusting fingers" or "Three bows to Buddha" (without necessarily being religious in nature) and it is applied as an emergency form to regain immediate control of the practitioner's centerline whenever the hands leave or are forced off the centerline. Students must have practiced thoroughly and proficiently the two previous forms and his or her foundation should be very strong and solid before moving on to Biu Jee.
In Wing Chun Kung Fu, foundation is everything
Muk Yan Jong
The Wing Chun Wooden Dummy Form
"Muk Yan Jong" literally translates to "wooden man" and is considered a training tool to practice all the various hand and foot techniques from the first three forms. The Muk Yan Jong has 108 techniques and will tighten up a practitioner's hands and develop the proper use of power and energy.There are blatant attacks, counter attacks, and recovery techniques in the Muk Yan Jong form. The practitioner should not hit the Muk Yan Jong with brute force, but with precision, structure and fluidity. There is a proper sequence for learning the Muk Yan Jong and if you ever needed a knowledgeable and experienced kung fu instructor you should look for one before practicing. Without a strong foundation in Wing Chun Kung Fu, you will only perhaps be hurting yourself, breaking the equipment, and wasting time. If you play the wooden dummy before you are ready for it, guess who the dummy is?
Luk Dim Poon Kwan & Baat Cham Dao
The Wing Chun Weapon Forms
Before students consider using the Kwan, they must have practiced the power punching low stance "Yin Choi" for a minimum 6 months or longer. This practice will guarantee to make your punches much more powerful only if you have the proper training. Once again, practicing the Kwan without the proper supervision and foundation, you severely risk hurting yourself or others. Please do not practice this exercise unless you know what you are doing.
Luk Dim Boon Kwan translates to "Six and a Half Point Pole." The "points" are actually the techniques utilizing a long pole. This form also covers unique footwork and a stance that is essential to maneuvering the long pole accurately.
The last and final form is the Baat Cham Dao form. "Baat Cham Dao" translates to "eight cut knife" which is the number of techniques covered. Baat Cham Dao is usually only taught to those students who have shown in their development throughout the years to possess a high etiquette in kung fu manners and who are loyal and respectful to the Kung Fu family, Sifu and Grandmaster.