W.C.W. 26/08/2015 CHUM KIU


The "D" Man performing Chum Kiu.
The “D” Man performing Chum Kiu.

 Pt.1 – INTRO.

To begin lets decide exactly what Chum Kiu is, at least from my perspective, that way it will be easier to follow these Blogs.

Chum Kiu is the second of 6 Forms in the Wing Chun System, and like any part in any system it value is equal to the all other parts, if one piece fails the whole system fails.

The Chum Kiu {just like all our Forms} is a set of stand alone moves , the sequence of these moves is not meant to show how they relate to each other, but your Brain’s love of patterns may well have you thinking that it is and get in the way of you seeing each move as an independent idea.

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Even as recently as 200 years ago, in China  not many people read or wrote, as a result any important ideas or information was passed on orally, and the most reliable way of passing on information orally was to build it into the narrative of a story.

I think by now everyone knows that there never was a Nun, a Crane, a Snake, a Tofu Seller’s Daughter or a Warlord, they were and still are convenient symbols, but we also realise that the story holds some important keys to understanding the early days of Wing Chun, keys that can still be of great use today in unlocking the nature of this thing we do.

The Nun observed the Snake attacking with quick, direct, straight attacks, and it showed the Crane using its wing to redirect the Snakes strikes offline. This became the foundation of our defence, using our Wing {Bong Sau = Wing Arm} to redirect incoming force.

The second half of the story shows a working class female that with just 12 months dedicated training could defeat an experienced and aggressive Warlord. Implying that through Wing Chun training you could be Battle Ready in a short period of time, and not like the competing Shaolin Kung Fu’s that required a lifetime, it was an advertising campaign aimed at young men, after all if a girl could do it they could do it better, very much a desired skill in Qing period.

In our present age of instant information and the web, with Youtube Video’s and 1,000,000 web sites dedicated to Wing Chun we would do well to look back to the simplicity of the original story, especially the first part {every man and his dog are retelling the second part in their own words} with the Crane and the Snake.


There is only one move in Wing Chun, and that move is Bong Sau, the Wing Arm.

The original story does not say how the snake attacked, high, low in the middle and it does not matter because every strike was deflected with its Wing.

Deflect up, deflect down, deflect into centre or deflect out from centre, redirect or control all with the same moving, Flapping Wing.

In early training we speak often of the “Ultimate Angle”, this is just the Crane opening its Wing prior to flapping it, everything we do is accomplished by flapping the Wing.

Everything is Bong Sau, the Wing Arm.

In application we talk about Tarn Sau, this is using the Flapping Wing to redirect incoming force.

We talk about Fook Sau, this is using the Flapping Wing to control incoming Force.

We talk about Garn Sau, this is sweeping {or ploughing} away incoming force with the Flapping Wing.

We talk about Jit Sau, this is slicing through the incoming force with the Flapping Wing.

Every action is just a description of what we hope to achieve by using the Flapping Wing.

Everything is Bong Sau.

The 108 moves {depending on lineage} of the Siu Nim Tao are teaching you how to manipulate your Bong Sau to fit any situation, they are not stand alone moves.

Making the connection of how each move is Bong Sau will save you many years of fruitless training.


If you think about how a snake strikes it is not always from the same place or same position, but it is always straight at the target from wherever it may be, this is the driving idea behind all Wing Chun Strikes, the Fist moves from where it is to where it needs to be going in a straight line with no chambering, this is the idea expounded in the Sun Fist movement in the First Form, but our Arm could be anywhere, from any shape of the Flapping Wing we can strike straight at the Target as is the case with a side slash, in fact we would be unlikely to ever find ourselves in the position as performed in the Sun Fist movement, like all other aspects of the First Form this is just introducing the Concept.


W.C.W. 19-08-2015



This weeks post is a somewhat light hearted synopsis of what I have posted over the last few weeks, often in Wing Chun we train in a vacuum, we forget that there is a Universe out there.

I try to teach Wing Chun from a very practical position easily explained by the Physics that we all know and can easily access on the Web, and because I am a very ordinary physics student I try my best to present them to my Guys in simple easy to understand terms, in many ways I try to demystify Wing Chun a little, to get everyone to see how intelligent it is, there is no magic, no secrets  just everyday Physics.

This is very much how Wing Chun was explained to me and I personally think that this is Wing Chun’s strength, its Crowning Glory.

In the last post I mentioned that our Body Method in defence and attack need to be almost Polar Opposites,  but I know how easy it is to take this for granted, to hope that there is just a little magic going on and to try in some way to emulate the fictitious Kung Fu Heroes, this often blinds us to the very simple nature of what we do.

Blinds us to the obvious and lead to us loosing faith in what we already know as everyday Humans, and from this grows the idea that it takes 10, 20 or 30 years to become proficient.

I take what I do very seriously, but that does not mean that we need to be “SO SERIOUS” about our training, we learn more when we laugh and we learn more when we are having FUN.

When you hit someone with something soft, no matter how heavy it is, it will allow the Kinetic Energy to return and not do the amount of damage that its potential suggested.

Observe, when I hit James with this Pool Noodle the Potential Kinetic Energy { E = ½mv2,  or half my Body Mass multiplied by my velocity squared}, is exactly the same as when I hit James with the Stick { because I am the same and I am the engine that produces the Kinetic Energy}, due to the fact that the Pool Noodle has no inherent tension the impact Force of our two Bodies is dispersed through out the Pool Noodle, eventually finding a weakness in the structure and changing its shape, however with the Stick there is nothing but tension, so much so that it cannot disperse the impact forces, so stiff that there is no weakness, so the Force stays at the point of contact, when one contact point moves an inch so does the other contact point.

With relation to hitting James the contact points are where my Feet meet the Floor and the point that my Strike lands, my Body simply replaces the Pool Noodle, if I am in a state of relaxation on contact the Force from the Floor and the returned Force from James Body will meander around inside of me until it finds a weakness in my Structure and then it will distort that weakness, technically if our Structure is perfect this will not happen, but for the same reasons that we will not stay still this will just not be possible.

Much of this information, especially the correct hierarchy of movement and how to introduce controlled tension, are introduced with the study the Third Form Bill Gee, especially when looked at as an extension of the second Form, Chum Kiu, but these days so many people just do the First Form and Chi Sau, sadly they never get a chance to explore them, over the next few months I will cover some of the more easily accessed aspects of Chum Kiu, there is only so much you can get from a Blog.

Remember that if you find yourself in a Violent Situation, every time you hit something you should be looking to break it, your call, the Pool Noodle or the Stick?


W.C.W. 12-08-2015




What is the best way to strike someone?

When we think of the enormous variety to be found in strikes and the numerous Targets and reasons to hit them is it even possible to come up with a “Short list”?

I do not think that you can create a generic “Short List” but I firmly hold to the idea that we can build a “Personal Short List” and that we are doing ourselves a disservice if we do not.

If you are a smaller Male or an average Female do you think that Punching is your best tool?

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Wing Chun Wednesday 05 – 08 – 2015




I teach a very active style of Wing Chun,  a style that is meant to be used, particularly when you are in trouble and aiming to get out of trouble, for Fighting, as a result I centre most of my training around the Second Form, the Chum Kiu.

Over the years I have introduced, taught or supervised hundreds of students in Chum Kiu, there are some very real misunderstandings about our Second Form, this misunderstanding goes hand in glove with the idea that Wing Chun is something else than a Fighting Style, once you understand that it is all and only about Fighting many things become obvious.

Firstly, Chum Kiu has nothing to do with moving through space, it is all about support, and by far the greatest difficulty I have with students, especially visiting students, is to stop them walking in Chum Kiu, to get them out of the idea that we use Chum Kiu to move from point A to point B, this is incorrect, and also useless.

If someone is in your Face attempting to change the way you look, where are you going to walk to?

This Post is not specifically about Chum Kiu, but there are obvious correlations, you cannot write about the correct way to do Chum Kiu, you need to feel it, if you are stuck come and see me and I will help you understand, this post is more general, it is about Movement.

“If we find ourself in a Violent Situation how do we restrict or remove our opponents Power”?

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