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What language is Wing Chun best described by?

What I mean by this is what language is needed to fully understand Wing Chun?

Cantonese?       No.

Is it English?     No.

Is it German?    No.

The language  of Wing Chun is Mathematics.

Whichever tongue you speak it is still about circles and triangles, straight lines and helices, the natural Wing Chun language is maths, leaning towards the dialect of geometry.  Mostly two dimensional Plane Geometry, this is why we talk about the centreline when we are in fact referring to a plane {a clear understanding of this blows a great deal of what is put forward about the Wing Chun centerline theory clean out of the water}.

Our first challenge is to truly understand what a circle is, we all think we know but I sometimes wonder if we do,  even the briefest observation of early Chi Sau can have us doubting this.

What is a circle?

The most important thing to keep in front of us at all times is that a circle is a shape, big circles, little circles and other circles are all the same, a “A CIRCLE IS A SHAPE AND NOT A SIZE” is somewhat of a mantra at my school.

Circles can also function as a centreline, dividing space into an inside and an outside, without this IDEA to help us navigate by Chi Sau can become very one dimensional. If you find the idea of a circle being a centreline a bit odd then you do not understand the function of a centreline, I will expand on this in an upcoming post.

Another interesting speculation is, how do we think that circles rotate? Many people, without missing a beat, will say clockwise or counter clockwise, but what direction did circles rotate before the invention of clocks?

What direction did they rotate before the creation of language, before the appearance of mankind?

Think about this for a second or ten, where do they rotate from?

A very large part of what we do in Wing Chun utilises eccentric rotation, are we aware of this?   Do we even understand the difference between concentric and eccentric rotation?

In Wing Chun forms Chum Kiu utilises eccentric rotation and Biu Gee utilises concentric rotation, Siu Nim Tau is stationary so uses neither, but it also uses both as we will see in a later post on the nature of rotation in Wing Chun.

I have mentioned before that for some years now I see Wing Chun as having only one movement, many years ago my Sifu advised me to try and think smaller, to make Wing Chun smaller, and to try to see that all moves are the same move, this is not as hard as it sounds, the only difficulty is understanding what the words mean, once you “Grock” it you cannot understand how you did not see it from day one.

For starters compare Huen Sau and Garn Sau, you can of course start anywhere compare anything, because they are all the same move. If we remove unnecessary values such as in / out, up / down, big / small, left / right or any other values you may use what are we left with?

As my Wing Chun began to become smaller and smaller the concept of the IDEA started to emerge more and more, eventually it became as clear as day that there are no moves in Wing Chun, only the IDEA, only a point.

But what is the IDEA? What is the point.


If we think of potential from the point of view of mathematics another door opens, in physics potential is the ability to do work, chemical energy from a battery is a potential form of energy, elastic energy in a stretched rubber band is a form of potential energy, the most commonly referred to form of potential energy in physics is that of gravitational potential energy. This is energy that is stored due to an object’s position.  This is where our puching power comes from.

If we just allow things to happen, they happen.

In Wing Chun the work we develop the ability to do, is of course Wing Chun, and in understanding this, the point, the IDEA itself begins to get bigger and bigger, everything is same one move but it is everywhere.

Wing Chun becomes fractal.

Still Mathematics though.


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