On finishing the 6th Form it is understandable that many students think they have learnt all there is to learn, in truth all the pieces that make up the Wing Chun puzzle have been presented, that is what the Forms are for, but the puzzle still needs to be assembled.

The IDEA is still to be manifested.

The Forms themselves are not the IDEA, they are not even a part of the IDEA they are signposts that point the way to the IDEA.

Everyone of the 6 Forms is teaching the same thing from different perspectives, in that way they are indeed the same Form, if you practice any one of them you are practicing them all, on top of this every single move in every Form is a Form unto itself, in that way if you practice any single move you are practicing every move.

Obsessing on any Form, movement, action or application is just gazing at a finger pointing at the Moon.

What is the {little} IDEA?  More specifically what is “the way of the {little} IDEA? And why are there so many different interpretations?

Taoism states that “The WAY {TAO} that can be spoken of is not the true WAY”, Wing Chun is highly influenced by Taoist ideas, so perhaps it was never meant to have a specific WAY, and perhaps this is why students loose purpose and the training often ends up overshadowing the objective.

All training is task specific, not just in Wing Chun, not even just the Martial Arts but in all things training is a means to an end and not an end in itself.

The Map is not the Territory it represents.

If we are training Wing Chun what are we training to do?  It is clearly not Wing Chun, that is just the chosen training method, the MEANS and not the END.

What is the Ultimate Purpose of our training?

After working through the six Forms what do we know?  It will be, and should be, different for every one of us, in fact it will be different from one year to the next, never the less what we think we know, and how we explain it to ourselves is always an accurate indication of the current level of our understanding.  This is an interesting thing to ponder, putting serious effort into how we explain our knowledge, making it clearer and simpler will teach us more about Wing Chun than two trips to Hong Kong to visit our favourite Guru, too often in this pre-packaged, computer tracked, express post world where Fed Ex deliver our new undies to our door by drone, we overlook that the most important aspect of any training is just us doing the work at home on our own time.

What do the Forms teach us?  If we pose this question to many of our contemporaries, especially regarding the S.L.T. there is a chance that they will paraphrase something from a famous Master regarding the Wing Chun state, trot out the list of principles, throw in a bunch of semi meaningless Chinese words like Sung and Nim Lik, and add something misty regarding Centreline Theory.

These are important signposts, but they are all pretty ineffective if you do not see where they are pointing.

When explaining Wing Chun we should use our own language, be brief and keep it simple.  If we explain our Wing Chun in the same way as we did this time last year we have not moved forwards, we have not done the right type of work, our view will change constantly if we are really looking for clarity, what we think today will not be what we think next year, so there is no value in being precious.

For me at this point in time this is what the Forms have taught me.

S.L.T.     To be stable and balanced and how to move my Arms so that I have control of my Wrists.

CHUM KIU.    To be mobile and balanced and how to move my Arms so that I have control of my Bridges, how to support my Arms with my Body and to manifest waist torque.

BILL GEE.    To be able to accelerate and vary the direction of my Chum Kiu actions develop complete body unity and manifest shoulder torque via Core Winding.

WOODEN DUMMY.    To combine the previous three Forms into a cohesive and intuitive practical method.

THE KNIVES and THE POLE.    An introduction to practical, functional footwork and body movement.

This view of my own personal Wing Chun is a lot more concise than it used to be, hopefully this time next year it will be even slimmer, cleaner, more succinct.

If we can accept that our knowledge and opinions will change it does not matter where we begin, there is no right or wrong.


The WAY that can be spoken of is not the true Way.




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