FIST LOGIC, VIDEO

BECOMING DYNAMIC.

 

Getting a handle on these will teach you more than I ever can.

 

Hi guys,

 

I am changing the format of these posts, we have plenty of time so instead of the usual brief videos to fit the idea of a quick visit to the Vlog I am making longer more detailed videos, I will post less frequently so that there is no information overload, and inside of the Videos, I will repeat information so that there is less chance of something going through to the keeper.

 

Things to get your head around and develop a deep personal understanding of are…

“How does a Counter Attacking Style operate and why.”?

“What does it mean to not carry an opponents weight”

“Why was Isaac Newton the greatest Wing Chun Sifu of all time”?

Getting a handle on these will teach you more than I ever can.

 

 

These videos are for your benefit to assist with your “Solo Training” during the lockdown, I have no personal agenda, if there is anything at all you would like me to cover hit me up, there is no reason for some sort of orderly progression, if you have a question on the knives or the pole do not wait until I start talking about the knives or pole, the dummy is difficult to set up and film as a one-man band but I am working on it William.

 

STAY FROSTY.

STAY HEALTHY.

STAY INDOORS.

 

FIST LOGIC, VIDEO

AREA OF INFLUENCE.

MY SIFU JIM FUNG. SADLY LONG GONE BUT STILL INFLUENCING MY THINKING.

 

If we reflect on this as we do the First Form we can absorb practical technical information without supervision.

 

The movements of the First Form establish our working parameters or the boundary of our area of influence.

We sooner or later discover our personal metric of this boundary dependent on our bodies range of movement but there is a generic we can use to work with the theory.

The generic model builds a rectangular box from our abdomen to the top of our head, from our left shoulder to our right shoulder, and the depth of our Arm, measured from chest to wrist up to the stretch reflex point.

If we add a vertical Centreline to this bounding box we have a left and right side of our Torso, if we then add a horizontal centreline to this bounding box we now have 4 sections or gates.

The Torso is now divided into an upper left gate and an upper right gate, a lower left gate and a lower right gate.

As we are looking at the First Form we will ignore the legs at this time, but they would add another 2 gates below the waist and the 6 boxes would now be upper, middle and lower.

In keeping with Wing Chun’s philosophy of simplicity and practicality any incoming strike that entered any box would be intercepted and moved to a different box.

Wing Chun Centreline Theory maintains that any strike on the left of the Centreline would be intercepted by the hand/leg on that side of the Centreline, as it is with a strike on the right side of the Centreline.

The intercepted strike would then be redirected into any of the adjacent empty boxes, it is this IDEA that gives rise to practical, functional techniques without needing to understand any techniques.

If we call the upper gates A and B1with the lower boxes being C and D any strike intercepted at A could be directed straight across to B, straight down to C or diagonally down to D.

The same would apply to an intercept at C, straight across to D, upwards to A and upwards and across to B.

If we intercept an incoming strike and occupy the Centreline we automatically redirect that strike into an adjacent gate.

The main principals, Wing Chun’s FIST LOGIC, are…

  • Simplicity
  • Practicality
  • Directness
  • Economy of movement

If we reflect on this as we do the First Form we can absorb practical technical information without supervision.

 

 

STAY FROSTY.

STAY HOME.

 

FIST LOGIC, VIDEO

APPLYING THE IDEA TO THE MOVEMENT.

 

All of the videos I do are deliberately a little disconnected and vague, we learn very little by being spoon-fed, without struggle we attach no importance.

 

Hi Guys.

A great deal of our training, especially now while in lockdown is by its very nature imaginary.

This is not the best situation but it is not as bad or as ineffective as we may think.

Everything we do in life begins with us imagining the action we intend to perform and then following through physically.

Mostly this happens subconsciously, but we can train it to work more efficiently.

As I have recounted to you guys before, back in 1996 when I had my big operation and ended up in a half body cast for 3 months and was not usually upright, my teacher, Jim Fung Chuen Keung, recommended that even though I was almost glued to the couch I engage in imagining myself standing up and doing the Form.

I was instructed that if I lost the flow of my thinking, forgot where I was at or just became a bit vague to quit and restart.

This was not an easy task.

It was a long time before I could achieve full completion of the Form without distractions or disconnections, I was never able to do it straight of the bat, and it was not a forgone conclusion that I would succeed in my attempt, there were many times I did not.

All up I was away from training for more than 6 months.

When I returned I fully expected to be significantly behind my old training partners but much to my joy and surprise that was not the case, in some instances, I had moved ahead.

 

There is no reason that we cannot all experience this same phenomenon when we exit lockdown.

 

All of the videos I do are deliberately a little disconnected and vague, we learn very little by being spoon-fed, without struggle we attach no importance.

 

 

All of the Forms are HERE, plus a good chat about what they are and what we should look for.

There is a video of a much younger slimmer me doing the S.L.T.Form HERE, following the moves is advantageous, following the thinking is imperative.

Treat these video classes like a normal class, if it is not clear what I am getting at ask the question.

 

STAY FROSTY.

WASH YOUR HANDS.

 

 

FIST LOGIC, VIDEO

PARADIGM SHIFTING.

 

Without knowing why we are here and what we expect to find we will live and die in the lobby.

 

WE MEET THE FORM ON DIFFERENT LEVELS.

Let’s engage in some mental gymnastics.

If we use our imagination and think of doing the Form as getting into an elevator, it could be an office or a store, what floor do we go to and what will we find there?

It is not possible to answer this without some prior knowledge such as “what am I after and what floor is it on”.

Jumping in the lift and randomly pressing a button cannot work unless there is only one other floor, only a single choice.

If the Sil Lim Tao was represented by a building it would most likely be a 40 or 50 story skyscraper.

Without knowing why we are here and what we expect to find we will live and die in the lobby.

 

An important aspect of engaging with the Form is to bring about a paradigm shift, to learn how to see things as they are and not as we want them to be.

If we correctly apply Wing Chun thinking then we would be making things more simple, and not more complicated.

We would use Occam’s Razor, the Law of Parsimony.

Einstein once famously answered a colleagues question with “It all depends on your frame of reference”

One of the first reference points we encounter in Wing Chun is Taan Sau, if we are not careful this will cloud all future encounters.

 

 

Once we fully understand it is so meaningless to refer to these actions as actions.

They exist of themselves, we are more a part of them that they are a creation of ours.

Once we GROK we are confronted by a bizarre and confronting dichotomy.

Either we never knew,  never can know and never will know.

Or we have always known, which makes training {doing the Form} a pointless self-gratification ritual.

 

You do know that you can go blind doing that?

 

 

STAY FROSTY.

 

FIST LOGIC, VIDEO

GROKING THE HAND JIVE.

 

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.

 

STAY FROSTY.

 

FIST LOGIC, VIDEO

DIRECTIONAL CUES – REFERENCE POINTS

 

Self-correction is only possible if we understand the function of the shapes and positions that we are referencing.

 

First and foremost, Forms are not about movement.

It is easy to think that they are because we are moving as we do them.

Forms are about establishing “Directional Cues” in our practice that can be developed into practical actions that may perhaps look and feel like nothing we have worked on in training, but will never the less be influenced and informed by the training we have done.

It is the “Cues” that are important and not the shape or movements of the Forms.

What “directional Cues” are we getting from the Forms when we do them?

By “Directional Cues” I mean what are the relationships that the movement of the Forms are making us aware of?

“Cues” are reference positions, reference positions between Wing Chun philosophy and practical usage.

We will never use anything from the Forms in the way that we do them, this should be obvious, but the IDEAS behind these movements we should be able to transpose them to other shapes, other situations.

It is the Cues inside the Forms that we should be researching and spending our time on and not the Form itself.

For example, Taan Sau is a reference position for when I intercept an incoming strike and not a methodology.

Self-correction is only possible if we understand the function of the shapes and positions that we are referencing.

 

 

STAY FROSTY.

 

FIST LOGIC, VIDEO

MOVING THE ARMS

 

I cannot stress enough how important the whole building of the chassis is, especially as we move forwards into Chum Kiu and Biu Gee.

 

Hi Guys,

 

If there is anything that you would like me to do a video on. anything you would like to go over from training drop me a note and if it is possible I will do it.

This initiative is for you lot, after all, I already know this stuff.

William asked me if I could do a video of the Dummy Form, unfortunately this is not possible without assistance from someone that also knows the Dummy Form, sorry William.

 

 

I cannot stress enough how important the whole building of the chassis is, especially as we move forwards into Chum Kiu and Biu Gee.

 

STAY FROSTY.

 

 

 

 

FIST LOGIC, VIDEO

BUILDING THE ACTIVE BODY.

 

 

If in any doubt what to do just learn how to move a bit easier, a bit smoother, a bit Cat-Like.

I hope everyone is healthy, staying at home as much as possible and doing some training.

When I was filming this blog, Saturday 28th at 0830 there was so much air traffic from Bankstown airport, so much more than usual, there are some stupid people out there.

 

If in any doubt what to do just learn how to move a bit easier, a bit smoother, a bit Cat-Like.

As always get in touch with me if you have any questions about this or anything Wing Chun related.

 

FIST LOGIC, VIDEO

STANDING AND TENSION RELEASE.

 

To put it another way, 99% correct is 100% incorrect.

 

To get any long term benefit from Forms training we need to be able to develop good focus, we need to pay attention.

If our focus is split then we will make very poor progress, mentally prepare yourselves to do the work, clear your head, sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and spend 30 minutes thinking about what you are going to do before beginning.

One thing to think about is exactly when does something change from being correct to be incorrect?

My first job was as an apprentice Toolmaker, an Engineer, when we made something it always had a tolerance level between acceptance and throw it in the bin, usually give or take a couple of “thousands of an inch”.

.001 tolerance, one-tenth of one per cent.

If something is 1% incorrect it is completely incorrect.

1% incorrect is the equivalent of 99% correct.

To put it another way, 99% correct is 100% incorrect.

Focus on just what you are doing.

 

 

I will also post this video and all future videos on the ISOLATION TRAINING ADVICE PAGE to make it easy to find if you wish to review it.

Feel free to comment or even contact me if you need anything clarified.

 

STAY FROSTY.

 

 

FIST LOGIC, Uncategorized

I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN.

 

What we think of as six Forms are better seen as two different presentations of the one “Little Idea”.

 

Hi Guys,

I have not been able to do the videos I promised to do as I have unfortunately pulled the muscles in the side of my neck and the rear of my shoulder that is stopping me from holding my head straight.

I will be doing some videos as soon as my neck/shoulder allows but in the meantime here is some food for thought.

In this time of self-isolation, the only access we can have to Wing Chun is through the Forms.

What we think of as six Forms are better seen as two different presentations of the one “Little Idea”.

The first three Forms present as Information, the second three Forms present as Application.

What most people refer to as the Sil Lim Tao Form is in fact only the “A” Section of the Sil Lim Tao Form, Chum Kiu is the “B” Section and Biu Gee the “C” Section.

Only on completion of the Biu Gee set have we seen all of the components of the Sil Lim Tao Form.

The Dummy, the Knives and the Pole are three semi-practical methods/constructions for exploring the “Little Idea” with a more physical agenda.

Seeing the S.L.T. Chum Kiu and Biu Gee as different levels of the same thing makes it easier to understand the unified nature of Wing Chun and from there to engage in deconstruction and reconstruction which is the only way we can coax them into life.

Break them down and build them up better than before.

To do this we need to have a deep understanding of what the Forms are, how they fit in the system, what the critical components are and how they inter-relate.

During this awkward time, we have a chance to really engage with the Bio-mechanical aspects of the Wing Chun body without the distraction of trying to solve aggressive physical problems in that thing we call training.

If we can all get into this it will save everyone years of stumbling in the dark.

It should not be too long before I can film but in the meantime, I will put up the new page and populate it with some of my previous videos.

 

STAY HEALTHY.