Biu Gee – 標指
Biu Gee (Bil Tse)
Biu Gee – 標指 is most often translated as “Darting Fingers” and can also be translated as “Thrusting Fingers” or “Piercing Fingers”. If we look at the Chinese characters we can understand a more in depth meaning.
標 is understood as meaning “dart or push with elbow”.
指is understood as meaning “finger, point to or at”.
The Biu Gee Form is the third open hand form of Wing Chun that puts the lessons learned in previous forms into motion and builds upon them. Biu Gee blends the body motions of moving forward with rotation, and creates differing angles in handwork and footwork.
The first part of Biu Gee teaches the student how to perfect the use of ‘inch energy’, enabling the practitioner to develop power through very short distances. It also builds on the two way energy developed in Chum Kiu.
The first section also contains footwork is known as circle stepping or Huen Ma. This is essential to the Wing Chun system. Again this builds on the Chum kiu style thrusting stepping or Biu ma. Huen Ma enables the rapid but safe change of direction enabling the practitioner to avoid an attack and swiftly counter attack.
The fist section also introduces the practitioner to a technique known as Kop Jarn, or downward elbow. Kop Jarn can be used to attack at very close distance where punching or striking with the hand is not an easy option. It can also be used to block an incoming attack when the practitioner has his/her hands trapped. This is one of the reasons Biu Gee is said to contain emergency escape techniques.
Other emergency techniques are seen in Biu Gee, for example the use of Biu Gee/Tse to escape when the elbow has been pinned.
The last part of the form contains ways to recover the centreline along with some large areas covers and strikes to different directions. The final part of the form shows the student an effective way to recover from a fall. Therefore Biu Gee completes the hand forms of the Wing Chun system by finalising the use of power and energy in techniques, building on the Chun Kiu style stepping and providing the practitioner with options to escape a bad situation such as being pinned, trapped or recovering from a fall.
Because Biu Gee builds on Chum Kiu which itself builds on Siu Lim Tao, it should only be learned after Chum Kiu has been properly understood. Once Biu Gee has been mastered the practitioner can deliver devastating power through extremely short distances with much greater accuracy.