Simple Stance Fix for Flow Drill | Core JKD Rebel Wing Chun

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Ming shows a simple fix for footwork and stance between partners that makes for a better Wing Chun trapping flow drills. Check out the Trapping Vol. 1 video at …

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  1. David Williams says:

    Great video. I like your thoughtful approach; I also like that you look at this from a creative side as individual expression. This is very much a core concept of Wing Chun which most neglect. From what I see, you don't ever need to apologize concerning your philosophy and adaptation. Those who complain about "your" Bong Sao lack understanding in Wing Chun. There are many kinds of Bong Sao [as well as Tan Sao], each with varying purpose and energy. One deals with an off-line attack, one deflects, one transitions to an elbow by design [your example] and there are more. The most important part is the understanding of intent and energy. If one understands intent, lines of force, and energy one's body will move according to focus, rather than by measurements of a protractor. This a fundamental misunderstanding of many "traditional" schools of Wing Chun.

    A story Chu Shong Tin told to the best of my recollection: Two students of Ip Man who burst into his door late in the morning. They both were arguing about Bong Sao. Ip Man had them both demonstrate their technique. They then asked who was correct. Ip Man replied: "You're both right, now go to bed."

    Wing Chun conforms to the individual and is an expressive art. One fights with their mind and spirit and the body FOLLOWS. It is not meant to be rigid in this fashion. It is more focused on being direct, accepting energy and using what is available in each moment; it is a mindset. Energy varies and is not "seen" but "felt" or sensed. One does not fight in stasis, one adapts continually, therefore each movement is a flow which conforms to the energy directed. No movement in practice will ever look "exactly" alike. Yes, there is structure, which is important, but at higher levels one does not even need structure as much as one leans upon the understanding and direction of energy.

    I am glad you spent time focusing on "framing" [squaring to one's opponent]. This is important as is spine energy and hip swivel. Most ignore this and perform static Chi Sao which trains the "arms" and techniques but not the body and stance so one can absorb force and deflect by spine pivot. At higher levels the movement becomes even smaller as we use the opponent's energy to turn and advance. Centering and line are both important, but second in importance afterward is off-centering one's opponent. The second we feel them "turned" off-line is the time for Wing Chun footwork to advance and wedge our base into theirs. The subtle shifting, hip swivel is the true key to dealing with force while most "traditional" schools focus on fancy hand techniques, they lost sensitivity in the actual center and gear-box of the hips. Our shifting is by squeezing the outside of the hips and just inward along the anus, pivoting around the spine. The feet move as a result. This makes for a far more connected, controlled and powerful turn. We should be swimming forward like a fish if we feel their energy into our spine we should think of the spine like the edge of a sword and parry it slightly to one side or the other. This idea with practice allows small, unseen adjustments which off-center our opponent enough for us to take their base with our own.

    I like your idea about measuring distance at the start. It is worth considering as I've never done this when training the few interested parties [and my children]. As you said, the basics are important and often forgotten, for some reason. I do think Wooden Dummy practice ingrains the proper distance into one's Wing Chun. It, in my view, is more important than Chi Sao. It is a consideration of line, distance and angling to apply Wing Chun. Short of sparring, the Wooden Dummy is the most useful training tool in the arsenal.

    Another great video. Thank you.

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