Introduction to Wing Chun
A Brief Overview of the Wing Chun Syllabus
Wing Chun is a close range combat system that enables people to develop great martial arts skills. It is famous for its economy of movement, enabling great effect with minimum effort. It is known to increase the speed of a persons reflex reactions and the ability to simultaneously defend and counter attack.
The College of Chinese Martial Arts Wing Chun system has three levels, Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced. This is a very compact, efficient and practical version of Wing Chun. It is what Wing Chun was originally intended to be, easy and quick to learn and apply.
How to stand, how to punch and how to move
The Beginners Level Two-Person Training Drills
At this level students are learning the moves and how they work
Everything is pre-planned and choreographed
The Intermediates Level Two-Person Training Drills
At this level students are learning how to fight
There is a greater element of spontaneous reaction and unpredictability
At the Advanced Level a unique Two-Person Training Drill is taught, it is called Kuen Fa (Fist Fighting Method). Within Kuen fa all previous moves, applications, shapes and concepts can be expressed. Kuen Fa is the gateway to spontaneous, reflex reaction free fighting.
Also at the advanced level students learn The Wooden Man Form and The Butterfly Knives Form.
The Wing Chuan Wooden Man Form
The Butterfly Knives Form (also known as Eight Cut Blades)
Wing Chun uses a certain number of shapes. These shapes are applied using the Wing Chun Concepts.
Man Sau – Seeking the Bridge Hand (the front hand of your on guard)
Wu Sau – Guard Hand (the rear hand of your on guard)
Kuen – Fist/Punch (high or low)
Lap Sau – Grabbing/Pulling Hand
Fook Sau – Controlling/Bridging or Covering Hand (forms a hook shape)
Fak Sau – Chopping/Knife Hand
Man Geng Sau – Neck Pulling Hand (Fook Sau with Lap Sau)
Pak Sau – Slapping Hand (goes forwards towards their center)
Side Pak Sau – (when Wu Sau goes from the center to the side)
Tan Sau – Palm Up Hand (often goes from inside to outside)
Bon Sau – Wing Arm (high or low often goes from outside to inside)
Jeung Sau – Palm Strike (could be high, low or double)
Jang Sau – Elbow (traditionally there are ten basic methods/directions)
Gum Sau – Pinning Hand (after Pak Sau, or to block a kick)
Gan Sau – Sweeping Hand (inside diagonal mid/low block often with Tan Sau)
Kwan Sau – Rotating Arms (High Tan Sau plus Low Bon Sau)
Huen Sau – Circling Hand
Kau Sau – Scooping Hand (first part of Huen Sau)
Jut Sau – Shocking Hand (downwards short shock movement)
Jum Sau – Sinking Arm (lowering the elbow, a chop dropping on an uppercut)
Tok Sau – Lifting Hand (in arm breaks and as a rising heel palm strike to jaw)
Lan Sau – Horizontal Bar Arm (using the forearm to control the opponent)
Bil Gee Sau – Thrusting fingers (like the tip of a spear – spear fingers)
These fast and low kicks are felt before they are seen so they are known as ‘Ghost Kicks’
Front Kick – Feels like the leg equivalent of Bil Gee Sau
Heel Kick – Feels like the leg equivalent of Tan Sau
Side Kick – Feels like the leg equivalent of Bon Sau
Stamp Kick – Feels like the leg equivalent of Low Gum Sau
Check Kick – Feels like the leg equivalent of High Jeung Sau
Backwards Leg Sweep – Feels like the leg equivalent of Jum Sau
Forwards Leg Sweep – Feels like the leg equivalent of Low Jeung Sau
On the spot Turn Step
Side Shift Step (used to get kicking distance for Side Kick and Front Kick)
Jump Step into a T Step (used before Check Kicks)
Forwards Turn Step
Backwards Turn Step
Forwards Triangle Out Step
Forwards Triangle In Step
Backwards Triangle Out Step
Wing Chun Concepts
Arms and Hands conditioning
Increased Bone Density
Forty-five Degree Angle
The Six Gates
The Four Corners
Flowing Loose Heavy Power
Centerline to Centerline
Take Their Space
Rebound Springy Energy
Impact Shock Power
Paul’s Introduction to his new book – Wing Chun Martial Art
I began training martial arts at the age of ten in 1977 and Wing Chun in 1991. Training in the Chinese Martial Arts has benefited me immensely, health, strength, combat skills and confidence. My experience over these decades has resulted in a process of fine tuning, letting go of what is inferior and concentrating on what is relevant and practical. The Wing Chun that I teach reflects this.
Wing Chun is not a combat sport encouraging aggression and violence. Wing Chun is a martial art system to cultivate martial art skills. As students work their way through the syllabus their character and attitude improves. They have more confidence and also become more thoughtful, Wing Chun is a system of self-development as well as a method of self-defense.
This art develops improved balance, speed, timing and exceptional reflex reactions, increased sensitivity and awareness and improved coordination. Wing Chun is an excellent close quarters fighting style. If you train Wing Chun you acquire a large number of martial arts skills. How to strike whilst maintaining good balance, stability and correct posture. How to combine fast, clever footwork, torso rotation, weight-shifting and impact shock power in all your techniques. How to apply simultaneous defense and attack whilst moving your center away from the opponent whilst attacking their center. Wing Chun is also famous for its Wooden Man and Eight Cut Blades. Training in Wing Chun can contribute towards ones health, self-defense and self-development.
The training of Chinese martial arts is a very enjoyable and interesting journey and it overlaps with the Chinese healing arts that also have great benefits. It is hoped that you will never need to use your Wing Chun for self-defense. But better to have it and not need it, than not have it when you need it !
Enjoy the training and do not be where fights happen !
Foreword to Paul’s new book – Wing Chun Martial Art
by Mark Green
I have been studying the Internal Martial Arts of China for well over 25 years. To the casual observer, my pursuit of Kung Fu has been nothing short of an obsession. And on this journey, Wing Chun was my first love.
I have, on occasions, met other people who share this pursuit with just as much passion. Mark Tan, who writes the other foreword to this book, has that dubious honor. We have been training partners now for almost 20 years.
However, in all my years of training and living in “The Martial Arts World” only once have I met an individual I consider to be an entire order of magnitude more “hardcore” than Mark Tan and myself. Paul Brecher is that person. Unsurprisingly, Mark and I have been training obsessively with Paul since the day we met him. Now, more than 15 years later, the rate at which we are learning from Paul is still accelerating. We are in a place I didn’t even know existed.
They have a saying in China. When a Kung Fu Master reaches an exceptional level, that person is considered a “National Treasure”. In the UK, Paul is our very own National Treasure. Here is his meditation on Wing Chun Kung Fu.
There are no secrets.
Good luck with your training.
Dr Mark Green PhD
A much more detailed explanation of the whole Wing Chun system is contained within my Wing Chun Book that students receive free in the class.
Find out more about Paul’s Wing Chun Martial Arts Classes.