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WING CHUN WEDNESDAY: BIU GEE, MASS IN MOTION.


 

The first thing we notice in Biu Gee is the pace and effort that is injected into the Form, and as an IDEA it is drawing attention to the fact that we need to move quickly and aggressively.

 

Back in the early days of all Martial Arts they were genuine fighting styles that were expected to deliver genuine skill sets to deal with real and present dangers, Wing Chun is no different, there was no time to spend extended periods studying the intricacies of the Art, it needed to be learnt quickly and it needed to work, it is just not feasible that it would of been presented in anything like the way it is today, much more likely is that everything we know up to and including the Biu Gee would of been taught in the first few months with what we now teach as the first three Forms being the “A’, “B” and “C” sections of the original Form.

This makes a great deal of sense,  the contents of the S.L.T. and Chum Kiu offer very little in the way of defining a working fighting skill, they are just methods to prepare the body and introduce the underlying principles that establish the thinking behind Wing Chun fighting, it is not until Biu Gee that we begin to look at how to move dynamically, how to create power by manipulation of our body weight, completely new ways of using the body that almost contradict the first two Forms.

Frequently it is only possible to understand things looking backwards from a new vantage point, which is why the practice of extended study of the first Form makes zero sense to me, if anything we should spend that time on the last Form and reflect on where everything came from and why.

As the final installment of the early training, Biu Gee should influence and colour everything that came before it, once we are at Biu Gee level the basic hands and body movement from the first two sets should be reworked with the attitude of Biu Gee.

The first thing we notice in Biu Gee is the pace and effort that is injected into the Form, and as an IDEA, as a working concept this is drawing attention to the fact that we need to move quickly and aggressively if we wish to survive a violent encounter, but of equal importance is the way the Biu Gee manipulates our balance and stability to generate power, the weight shifts that present our mass forward to the target, the core winding that generate genuine torque.

 

Biu Gee is the true heart of Wing Chun.

Mass in motion is the heart of Biu Gee.

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