Today we’re talking about the Wing Chun stance and why it’s important to maintain it during your training.
The Wing Chun stance I learned ends with the toes pointing inwards and heels about shoulder distance apart. My upper body is slightly leaned back with my hips forward.
My stance may be different than the one you learned so feel free to share how yours look in the comments!
One of the most important things during training is maintaining the stance but there are times when I lose focus of it and end up in a more casual stance where I’m standing straight up. The problem is when I do this, I don’t realize it.
This is a big issue during Chi Sao for me because I like to work on improving my techniques like Tan Sau, Bong Sau, and so on but because I’m not in my stance, my technique feels off and I end up trying to fix it. I can only see what is in front of my and my brain makes me think it’s my Tan Sau that’s wrong without realizing that it’s actually because I’m not in my Wing Chun stance.
My Sifu knows this is a common problem so, every time during drills, he would occasionally say “Check” and everyone in the class would check their stance, technique, form and everything, then readjust accordingly.
My question for you is, do you notice when you’re no longer in your Wing Chun stance? Let me know in the comments!
Today we follow up from last week’s discussion on Gan Sau to talk about…Double Arm Gan Sau!
Like Gan Sau, I don’t use Double Arm Gan Sau often. I do practice it through the forms and drills in class but outside of that, I don’t use it. The main reason is because I don’t find it practical for me. I feel using both my arms to defend is too much of a commitment. I never want to resort to using two arms for one purpose but If I do, I need to follow up.
Do you use Double Arm Gan Sau? If so, how are you going about using it? Let me know in the comments!
Today we talk about Gan Sau and why I don’t use it often!
Gan Sau is a technique used to defend against strikes targeting the mid to lower body…and I rarely use it. The reason is because, in my class, we’re conditioned to strike high and aim for the neck and head. Usually, Tan Sau or Bong Sau is enough to defend against these strikes.
However, when it comes to lower strikes, I know it’s one of my bigger weaknesses because when I do get a strike aimed at my lower body, I’m usually open. To remedy this, I plan to talk to my training partners in the future and have them use more lower strikes so I can practice and use Gan Sau more often!
What about you? Are you using Gan Sau more than me? If so, how are you going about it? Let me know in the comments!
I lift weights and do Wing Chun. Does it affect my Wing Chun? I don’t think so.
Before I continue, I just want to mention that I am not a personal trainer or fitness professional and everything I discuss or recommend is based on my own results and experience.
I think the common misperception of lifting weights and Wing Chun is that “If I lift, I’m going to get too big and I won’t be able to do my technique correctly.” The problem with this thinking is that the assumption is lifting weights will immediately transform you into The Hulk. This isn’t true because I started lifting weights at 135lbs, and I’m 150lbs now. I didn’t gain 15lbs overnight, it took 1.5 years to get there. Also, I didn’t really get much bigger than when I was 135lbs. I think unless I eat as much as a bodybuilder, I’ll probably retain my regular size without getting bigger.
I think the misconception comes from starting weightlifting without prior experience in heavy weights. The body needs time to get used to these exercises before it can normalize. This is the same with Wing Chun techniques, you can learn them now but it takes time before the form is correct and everything is in the right place. It doesn’t happen overnight.
Once the body is familiar with something, it becomes easier to do. For exercising I would say it’ll take about 3-4 weeks before the body is used to it and until then, I don’t think it’s fair to have any input on how it affects your Wing Chun training.
I think doing any physical exercise goes well with Wing Chun because ultimately, the goal is to utilize the body to it’s best potential.
I hope that this will help you consider including weightlifting in your routine or if you were discouraged before, I hope you’re more open to giving it a try now. So if you do, let me know how it goes for you in the comments.
Note: The workout program I follow is Stronglifts 5×5, for more information you can visit their website here: http://www.stronglifts.com.
Pak Sau is only about deflecting a strike away from my centerline but I need a follow up or else I lose momentum. I create the momentum for myself by closing the distance and disrupting my opponent’s centerline by stepping in on them and using the Pak Sau to move their body away from me. Now if they want to try to resist, that’s not a problem because if I initiated my step correctly, they’re in a bad position. Now if they choose to step back, then they are adding to my momentum allowing me more options to follow up with.
This may not always be the case when I use Pak Sau but the key principles that I try to always remember is to disrupt my opponent. And for me, stepping in usually does that 🙂
I talk about how I had to add on to my Pak Sau to make it effective for me but how about you? Do you have to change the way you do the technique to make it effective for you? It doesn’t have to be Pak Sau, it could be any other technique. If so, let me know in the comments!
Today I show you my current progress in my horse and cat stance training for the 6.5 Long Pole Form.
It is hard but I have been working on my horse and cat stance. I only see a small amount of progress from last week. Since then, I’ve been keeping these three key things in mind when I’m working on my stances. These three things are:
1) Switch between stances when my leg start to burn.
2) Try to stay the same level when switching between my stances.
In this video I maintain my stance for a little under a minute. I am still working on it and doing my best to keep adding a second to my time.
My short term goal is to reach two minutes before burning out. My long term goal is five minutes. It seems like a short time but for me it still seems really far ahead of what I am capable of right now. But this won’t stop me, I have a goal and I am going to keep training towards it!
Today we talk about re-learning the 6.5 Long Pole Form and I need your help!
My biggest challenge in re-learning the form is getting back into the horse stance because my body is not used to it. The horse stance is the complete opposite of the traditional Wing Chun stance. The Wing Chun stance is where your toes are pointed inwards, hip sticking forward, and chest sunk in. The horse stance is toes pointing forwards, hip sticking out, and chest out. Opposites, am I right?
On the occasion where I do manage to maintain my horse stance, I can only hold my stance for at most 20 seconds before my legs give out and I have to stand up again.
My only solution I’ve come up so far is to tough it out and work through the pain, 1 second at a time.
This is where you can help. If you’ve experienced this and successfully overcame these challenges, please share your tips with me and everyone else who may be going through this. Any suggestion is appreciated!
Today we talk about the most important rule of Wing Chun!
Before I share that with you, I want to talk about differences.
When I look at my Sifu, I can see our differences right away. We are different in height, size, shape, and more. This makes his style of Wing Chun uniquely his own so when I learn it, I am essentially learning his style of Wing Chun. Whatever I learn from him, I know that based on our physical difference, it will look different than the way he does it. The only thing we will share in common is the knowledge of the technique and how to use it.
This means, regardless of who our teachers are or what lineage or Wing Chun style we’re doing, it will always be different than the way we learn it because our mind and body processes it differently. We all create our own style of Wing Chun when we learn and train. And that’s a good thing because through our differences we create new perspective that adds to the style.
So…what is the most important rule of Wing Chun? It is understanding yourself and using what works for you by adapting Wing Chun to you and not conforming to other people’s style or standards. Embrace the difference.