Wing Chun Class Notes – January 2015

I wanted to try something new this year.

I haven’t been updating this website as often as I would like so I’d like to kill two birds with one stone, update Practice Wing Chun and improve my Wing Chun training.

But, how does sharing class notes help me improve my training? This is how.

The purpose of these monthly class notes is to:

  • Reflect on what I learned
  • Look back on what I can improve
  • Inspire you to jot down your own notes and improve YOUR training
  • Share my goals and what I want to improve next
  • Get feedback from my peers
  • This is still new and I haven’t figured out the best format to present this and until I do, my notes may be structured differently every month. Without further adieu…

    This month’s class focused on form and foundation.


  • Both shoulders should be facing forward
  • Keep both shoulders facing opponent’s centerline
  • Striking

  • Striking/punching power should come from the leg on the same side
  • General Form

  • Keep the pace of each movement in the form the same
  • Sil Lim Tao (SLT)

  • Fingertips in Jum Sao should be nose level
  • Jum Sao uses forward energy not downwards
  • The meditative section of SLT (Tan Sau and Fook Sau) should end at 135 degree angle of the arm
  • Bong Sau should come out like Tan Sau: Forward and center then flip to Bong Sau
  • Chum Kiu (CK)

  • The double Jum Sao opening should come out like Tan Sau: Forward and center then outwards to Jum Sao
  • Bong Sau should be parallel to the ground
  • Biu Tze (BT)

  • Practice elbow strike + grabbing
  • The ending swinging arms are 3 forward and on the 4th, go all the way down
  • Chi Sao

  • Fook Sau is 135 degree
  • As you can see, some of these notes may mean nothing to you but it means everything to me. It helps me keep track of what I’ve learned for the month.

    It’s amazing that after so many years, I’m still learning new things in my forms. This month was especially exciting because I learned more about shifting and using my foundation to improve striking. For February, I want to get used to doing these two main things and combine it with stepping in to improve my Chi Sao.

    If this was interesting or helpful for you, please let me know in the comments. I’d also appreciate any feedback, thanks!



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