Bart Cham Dao translates as Eight Cutting Knives
The second weapons form within the Wing Chun system. The Wing Chun knives are used like an extension of the hand as most of the moves have similar concepts as the hand movements from the hand forms. The knives introduce the practitioner to the concept of short range weapons and advanced footwork the form consists of eight sections and is generally only taught to advanced practitioners who
Luk Dim Boon Kwun translates as Six and Half Point Pole
The Wing Chun pole is the first of two weapons within the Wing Chun system. The pole itself measures nine feet in length and tapers roughly from one and half inch at one end down to an inch, the length can actually vary from school to school with some schools using poles up to twelve feet in length.
Muk Yan Chong translates as Wooden Man
The wooden dummy or wooden man form consists of seven sections with each section consisting of various techniques that in turn have a practical fighting application associated with each one. The whole form is in fact a culmination of the moves and footwork learnt and developed in the hand forms. The dummy body is made from a solid piece of hardwood with three arms and one leg set out to quite critical angles and dimensions in order to constrict your movements to a certain degree in order to correct your position
Chi Sau translates as Sticking Hands
The forms along with the moves alone will not just become automatic responses in a fight situation, for this purpose we have the practise of sticking hands, “Chi-Sau” a contact sensitivity exercise between two people that is not a form and not a fight, but is a transitional exercise like a stepping stone or bridge between the two that develops extraordinary contact sensitivity that will ultimately increase your reflexes in a fight situation.
Biu Gee translates as Thrusting Fingers
The third empty hand form of Wing Chun. Said to contain emergency techniques, introduces elbows for attacking close quarters, circle stepping and thrusting finger strikes to vulnerable weak areas and pressure points. Introduces the use of apposing two directional forces to control and overcome your opponent, also helps develop the use and release of energy through the extremities.
Chum Kiu translates as Seeking the Bridge
The second empty hand form of Wing Chun. Introduces turning the stance, moving in stance, footwork and kicks and the coordination of different hand actions simultaneously. This form is introduced and learnt after the completion of Sil Lim Tau and at this time the practitioner should start to feel everything falling into place as their Wing Chun comes together.
Sil Lim Tau translates as Little Idea
The first empty hand form of Wing Chun, the most important form contains within it the primary hand moves within the whole system. Performed stationary in a single stance represents the foundation the system is built on. You could say that “Sil Lim Tau” is as deep as the ocean for it has so much to offer. A beginner cannot appreciate this because they do not know yet, but the information is there for everyone and with good instruction and daily practise
What is Wing Chun
Wing Chun is an explosive close range combat martial art system that originated in southern China 300 to 400 years ago. The system consists of three empty hand forms, wooden dummy form and two weapons forms. Wing Chun is unique compared to most other martial arts in that it does not rely on strength against strength making it more suitable for persons of a small build or stature.
It is a scientific form of martial art that utilises various concepts and principals in order to defeat an aggressor. Designed with self preservation in mind Wing Chun is ideally suited for self protection, something you may well need with today’s ever increasing violent society. Wing Chun has many health benefits,