it is like thinking that 6 different patterns combined in an ornate carpet are somehow 6 different carpets
Hi guys, over the years I have written hundreds of posts and articles, but I think that this is the most important of all of them. If you can take some time to think about the information here it will certainly help you understand how I think about Wing Chun but also get you well on the way to forming your own IDEA.
The main goal for all of us is to make Wing Chun a personal expression of our knowledge.
Then any information can be valuable information.
When we surf the Internet we find many different opinions on what Wing Chun is, this is completely fine and we have no need to worry about it, the difference is only in the training approach which may or may not relate to the learning outcome.
At times like this we do well to remember that all roads lead to Rome.
For my guys, all rivers eventually reach the ocean.
And take their twigs with them.
Wing Chun is usually described as having 6 forms, I do not like this description, it is clumsy and suggests a separation that simply does not exist, it is like thinking that 6 different patterns combined in an ornate carpet are somehow 6 different carpets.
I prefer to regard Wing Chun as having only 1 Form, which is of course the Sil Lim Tao, presented in the way of 3 attitudes, the first Form [that usually retains the S.L.T.title], the Chum Kiu Form and the Biu Gee Form.
And 3 processes, Mok Jan Jong [dummy], Baat Cham Dao [knives] and Lok Dim Boon Kwan [pole] that allow us to combine and explore the 3 individual attributes.
A more contemporary way to perceive this is to see the First Form, the Chum Kiu Form and the Biu Gee Form as 3 separate yet related theories that we test in the 3 processes of Dummy, Knives and Pole with the goal of discovering ‘our own’ Unified Theory of Wing Chun.
This is the code that grants us access to the Sil Lim Tao.
WHAT ARE THE 3 THEORIES?
First Form Theory. A method of how to set up an upright neutral body, how to move the arms without disturbing this neutral body and finally how to positively charge this neutral body to become a powerful single unit.
Core learning objective. Unify/stabilise an [Upright] STATIC FRAME.
Related research process. The Mok Jang Jong.
Second Form Theory. A method for supporting the arms with the body on contact with incoming force, how to coordinate the movement of the arms with the movement of the body, an introduction to the hierarchy of movement and sequential acceleration in a linear orientation.
Core learning objective. Unify/stabilise a MOVING FRAME.
Related research process. The Lok Dim Boon Kwan.
Third Form Theory. A method of focusing attention to specific points of the body, to develop an understanding of how to enlist the powerful core muscles, and an introduction to weight shifting within the bounds of the frame in a rotary orientation.
Core learning objective. Dynamically empower a unified/stabilised MOVING FRAME.
Related research process. The Baat Cham Dao.
While there are established Forms for the Dummy, Pole and Knives they should be seen as good places to begin testing the theories and not as essential patterns.
A unified theory of Wing Chun resides inside each and every one of us, the big question is can we get it to come out?
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