Archive for the ‘Wing Chun’ Category

KungFu vs Yoga

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Okay, here is a break from serious kung fu videos. It’s an interesting perspective on fighting someone extremely flexible and agile, but I don’t think watching it will make you a kung fu master. Enjoy!

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Emin Boztepe Wing Chun Video Clip

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Emin Boztepe uses some amazing moves and wing chun combinations in this video clip. Watch his explosive combinations and some of the takedowns he uses as he dispatches the opponent on each attack! Great wing chun.
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Wing Chun – little idea form(Siu Lim Tau)

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Siu Lim Tau is the first Wing Chun Form and means “Little Idea Form”. It contains many basics of the system, but does not focus on footwork. Instead, it focuses on the many hand forms, blocks, and counter attacks of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Check it out in this video:
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Chi sao

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Chi sao (Chinese 黐手, Cantonese chi1 sau2, Mandarin chǐshǒu) or “sticking hands”. Term for the principle, and drills used for the development of automatic reflexes upon contact and the idea of “sticking” to the opponent. In Wing Chun this is practiced through two practitioners maintaining contact with each other’s forearms while executing techniques, thereby training each other to sense changes in body mechanics, pressure, momentum and “feel”. This increased sensitivity gained from this drill helps a practitioner attack and counter an opponent’s movements precisely, quickly and with the appropriate technique.

Chi sao is very similar to the hubud-lubad drills of Eskrima. It looks somewhat like the push hands training of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. (Some lineages even refer to Wing Chun as “combat Tai Chi”[1]. Chi sao is also taught in the Jeet Kune Do traditions, and uses modified versions of some of the component techniques such as the bong sao and jut sao. Baguazhang uses its own form of chi sao, which involves one hand of each practitioner being “stuck together” at the wrist while they try to unbalance each other or perform a Chin Na (joint-lock) technique.

Chi Sao additionally refers to the Luk Sao (methods of rolling hands) drills. Luk Sao participants push and “roll” their forearms against each other in a single circle while trying to remain relaxed. The aim is to feel forces, test resistances and find defensive gaps. Other branches do a version of this where each of the arms roll in small separate circles. Luk Sao is most notably taught with in the Pan Nam branches where both the lager rolling dills and the method where each of the arms roll in small separate circles are taught.

In some branches (most notably the Yip Man and Jiu Wan branches) chi-sao drills begin with one-armed chi-sau (dan chi sao) which helps the amateur student to get the feel of the exercise. Each practitioner uses one hand from the same side as they face each other.

Chi Sao is only a sensitivity drill. An exercise used to obtain specific abilities. It must not be confused or mistaken as a sparring equivalent.

Wing Chun vs Kickboxing

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

To be fair, this isn’t the world’s best kickboxer. But watch as the kickboxer becomes more and more tentative throughout the fight. I love the last scene – the wing chun fighter moves in so quickly that the camera can’t keep up. by the time it pans over, the kickboxer is down on the floor getting one last thumping from the Wing Chun guy. I wish we could all look as cool during sparring matches as the Wing Chun practicioner in this video!

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More Wing Chun Sparring

Monday, January 29th, 2007

This Wing Chun video video is best watched slowly. The big guy has a really long reach, and exerts forward pressure constantly against his smaller opponent. I’d like to see this guy spar against someone even larger – if they exist – and see how he changes his tactics.
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Master Wong Wing Chun Self Defense Video Clips

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Master Wong shows self defense techniques intermixed with wing chun in these video clips. He shows how to loosen various grips using strikes from the hand and elbow, etc.

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Wing Chun Chi Sao Sparring – Blindfolded!

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Watch Sifu Austin Goh in this Wing Chun Chi Sao Sparring session. He even engages in chi sao blindfolded!

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Wing Chun Sparring Video from Youtube

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

One comment of Youtube sums up this video pretty well:

“I’m not sure how long they’ve been practicing, but one pitfall of wing chun training is letting the hands drop too low. You have to keep them higher in front of the face, or a real boxer will pick your face apart with jabs alone. Second, commit to an attack, don’t spend the whole time faking. Third, don’t forget you have legs to kick. Use them as a distraction to the lower body while you attack upstairs. Thats just my two cents.”

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Wing Chun Dummy Form

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

The Muk Yan Jong form is performed against a “wooden dummy“, a thick wooden post with three arms and a leg mounted on a slightly springy frame representing a stationary human opponent. Although representative of a human opponent, the dummy is not a physical representation of a human, but an energetic one. Wooden dummy practice aims to refine a practitioner’s understanding of angles, positions, footwork and to develop full body power. It is here that the open hand forms are pieced together and understood as a whole.
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