The curriculum of the Wing Chun system is from the Ip Man Linage and consists of six forms, drills and live exercises that are said to have their origins in the Shaolin Temple. 

The Forms and drills of the system develop the concepts of body unity and structure through basic striking, stance development, turning, tracking and footwork. Drills teach the correct feel for bridging, changing of hand and arm positions and give the practitioner the confidence to correctly connect to and control an opponents attacking arms. 

Wing Chun emphasizes economy of motion and can be summed up as a system that is simple, direct and efficient. It stresses the idea of atacking on a straight line path, using as little energy as possible to get the fight finished. This extends the  ability to fight multiple opponents without burning out.

The system deals with every range and eventuality of combat which includes weaponry. Nothing is overlooked or restricted in use when fighting for real, therefore striking vulnerable points or sensitive areas such as the eyes, ears, throat and groin is repeated until instinctive, as this is the only realistic way of dealing with an aggressor twice your size, with twice your strength, when outnumbered or dealing with armed aggressors .

The original idea behind Wing Chun was to teach a smaller, weaker and less aggressive person to overcome a larger, stronger and more aggressive attacker. Training of counter and per-emptive attacks, and small joint manipulation (fingers) is also practiced. The system teaches confident interception of an aggressors arms, legs or body while simultaneously striking and dropping the aggressor using the hands, wrists, elbows, hips, knees, feet and head as weapons.

The style is often misunderstood by onlookers as a soft style. Well, it can be called soft as the body yields to force, but this is done only to recover and control the fighting line. The only power & perceived (by the attacker) rigidity in application is on interception and control of the center line, which hacks at the aggressors arms, clears the path and then strikes the opponent. When applied by a skilful exponent, the aggressor is drawn into an overwhelming flurry of attacking hands, feet, knees and elbows.  It is a no nonsense approach to the reality of life and death combat and one of the few systems to teach real street fighting skills with no rules, rounds or gimmicks. 

Developing Wing Chun ‘Fa Jin”

I am not talking here about the specific ‘Jin Chui’ arrow fist punch or any specific tool, but how you should training the forms and converge the skills learned within them in order to develop and apply ‘Fa Jin’. Fa Jin should feel like a pulse of energy moving through you, which when added to striking actions has a devastating effect on an opponent.

The concept of any weapon is to perform better than the enemies, in order to continuously destroy the enemy through ‘shock n awe’ before they have a chance to launch a counter offensive. When practising, the idea is to generate as much energy in the body as possible for the duration of the exercise. During the forms practice, you should be as stretched into the postures as possible, maximising the energy through thrusting and whipping actions originating from the feet, through the knees, waist, elbow, wrist and fingers. Towards the end of each movement, your body should tense suddenly as tightly as possible, from fist to feet.

With this physical action, we connect the intention to do the movement with as much power as possible, in as short a time as possible in order to perform the action. 0 -100 – 0 as fast as you can.

Efficient and powerful intent. 

You do everything in a fight with the idea to aggressively engage, agitate, re-direct and take control of the opponents centre, posture, balance and position, choosing when and where to strike them.

With the empty hands forms understood, comes the addition of the Muk Jong. The wooden man allows the practitioner to express powerful energy through it, the kind of power your fellow classmates should never experience from you full force, the dummy can take it, a human cannot. Once the form is understood, play it as though it is a live opponent, engage the dummy structures with power and speed and set up combinations that would drop an opponent instantly. Focus on power delivery to the floating rib, neck, groin, knee, elbow and head areas.

The knives and pole.

When we play the weapons, the idea should be to move through them as training development aids, internally building the body to develop massive hidden force. Start with heavyweight knives to build the bodies connected strength, when playing the knives keep the body tight and chop, thrust and deflect with the same thrusting and whipping power. Train them over and over and make every action live!

 

Once you have good form with the knives, work the pole. Make sure it is as heavy as you can wield, and each time you extend it from your side, thrust it like a spear, then hold it elevated and extended. At the point you arrive at the extended position think about your posture, flex the muscles all the way from your neck to your feet and hold the position firm. This is working you to develop the Mountain, the immovable stance.

When we engage the opponent, we do so with lighting speed, weight, energy and intent, to force the opponent to engage us firmly or be hit. When they engage us, we are already two moves ahead, we take their posture and then destroy the body. The damage is mainly internal. 

The Bui Jee form then develops full body power, extension, aggressive intent and room clearing, body crushing movement. The strength and skill to perform this form and apply it, all comes from the collective practice of the previous forms. If you go to the gym, you work individual muscles groups, in Wing Chun we develop the whole body and develop more power, but it remains hidden.

Sifu Jason Kokkorakis