Fa Jing, or whipping power, is a difficult concept to attain. However, with regular practice and focus, a Wing Chun practitioner can start developing this skill early in their training, eventually allowing them to have the skill necessary to generate powerful Fa Jing attacks from different angles, using different techniques. The following are some pointers on how to start developing Fa Jing, which I still perform in order to continue to develop this whipping energy for myself (remember you can always become better at every concept and technique). To start developing Fa Jing, one must keep three concepts in mind while training:
2) Balance (root)
1. Learning Wing Chun is about learning Control.
Anyone can hit. Watch a three year old. Learning to control your opponent is where Wing Chun’s major skill lies. If you can control your opponent, you can hit them at will. However, in order to control your opponent, you must have control of your own body first, and then attain a thorough understanding of our Principles and Concepts.
Fan Sau Continuous Motion in Life and Kung Fu Constant motion refers to any type of motion that fits either of the following two principles: (1) the distance traveled by the object is the same for each second, or (2) the speed of the object changes by the same amount each second. Thus, the structure of a Continuous Motion technique “Fan Sau” is attributed to changes in speed and economy of motion. Much like the distance traveled or changes in speed, a person’s life as well as his/her training, flows in similar principalities. Fan Sau can be...read more
This should be a concern for anyone seeking a martial arts school, but I will keep the article Wing Chun specific. The determining factors will, of course, vary somewhat from person to person depending on what each person is looking to get out of their training. I will, however, presume that if you are looking to study to Wing Chun that you want to learn how to fight in the close range, and you want to learn how to fight well. In addition, you may have heard that studying Wing Chun is good for discipline, for developing yourself...read more
We were all a little surprised when Mike Tyson was cast opposite Donnie Yen in the next Ip Man movie. Everyone I know is a bit curious to see how this will play out in real life and on the big screen…and our first bit of gossip about the interaction is actually not so surprising.
Finger injuries are among the most common in Wing Chun. Because our art involves manual dexterity, a nimbleness of our hands, we are more vulnerable to sprains and breaks to the digits. We even use our fingers to attack directly to the eyes or to add explosive power to pulling or slapping motions (lop sau or an exploitive pak sau).read more
There is an old saying that Kung fu training is 10 percent learning and 90 percent practice. If our time spent learning from our instructors in class counts as that 10 percent learning, what of the other 90 percent? This of course comes in the form of our own personal training at home, without this training how can we hope to make the progress that will allow us to reach our goals?read more
Kim Sifu here! The following article was posted with the permission of Sifu Angela Minerva, who is the rightful author of the article. There is great insight into the art here. The article was originally posted on March 10, 2014 at 10:07 am. I have embedded the post at the end of the article. You may contact her there or through her website www.phoenixwingchun.com. The Beauty and Building Blocks of Wing Chun March 10, 2014 at 10:07am by Sifu Angela Minerva In understanding the beauty of Wing Chun there is no end. Wing Chun...read more
Have you ever asked your Wing Chun Sifu a “What if?” question only to get smacked upside the head with the answer? For example, you ask, “what if he tries to take me down to the ground?” and your Sifu says, “Okay, try to take me to the ground.” He stands there glowering at you in Yee Gee Kim Yeung Ma, and you rethink having asked. You take a leap of faith, and you dive at him throwing your arms around his waist…but wait he’s not there. You are face down on the floor with his hand pushing...read more
Siu Lim Tao (Siu Nim Tao)- Little Idea Siu Lim Tao 小念頭 is most often translated as “little idea”. If we look at the Chinese characters we can understand a more in depth meaning. 小 is understood as meaning “little”. 念 is understood as meaning “think, study”. 頭 is often translated as “head”, but may also mean “first or start”. The Siu Lim Tao Form is the first open hand form of Wing Chun. There are 108 movements in the form, presented in three parts. The form is...read more