It may not be glaringly obvious but there is a world of difference between the condition of being “still” and the condition of “not moving”.


Working with the Form takes place on different levels that have different learning objectives.

  1.  Maintaining optimum body shape and body condition, building the Chassis so to speak.
  2. Moving the Arms without disturbing the Chassis {down the line this is a good term that can avoid the overuse of the word Body after all our Arms are Body as well}.
  3. Developing the correct action and condition of the Arms, things like becoming aware of the stretch reflex, consistency of placement, timing and effort.
  4. Maintaining a consistent action and condition of the Arms as we move them.

These are just the most obvious levels as we progress the list grows and grows.

Although it may be possible to do all of these things at once there is little to gain by trying and plenty to lose once we get distracted or mixed up.

It may not be glaringly obvious but there is a world of difference between the condition of being “still” and the condition of “not moving”.

Being still is passive, it is a non-doing, it can be left to its own devices as we do something else, such as focusing on how we engage our Arms.

Not moving is active, it needs to be physically engaged and mentally observed and controlled.

Attempting to Focus on “not moving” the Chassis at the same time as we attempt to Focus on “moving” the Arms is not a very good an idea.

Especially at the moment when we have plenty of time to do the work twice with our attention being firstly on maintaining the Chassis without disturbance and then secondly correctly moving the Arms.

I also think that we benefit from having a different Arm movement set when we are focusing on the Chassis, it helps sharpen our attention when the movements are not connected directly through Wing Chun.

I think we would all agree that it is hard to do Tarn Sau and not think of Tarn Sau.

The range of movement exercise that I call the ‘Hand Jive’ contains joint manipulations that are very similar to those we use in the Form so much so that there is a positive, dexterity inducing flow-on effect when we, later on, move the Arms according to the requirements of the Form.



Years ago when I was still a Chef I would iron my uniform in a similar manner to this training, moving the iron without moving my body, then holding the iron still as I pivoted in place or walked around the ironing board.

When we “Grok” this approach, everything becomes a training exercise.


As a bit of a pandemic bonus here is a link to K.Star talking about improving shoulder stability, a must for Wing Chun practitioners.

And something to make you all smile.




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