By Alan Gibson
Environment a brand new benchmark in martial arts literature, this thoroughly revised version has been up-to-date to mirror the evolution of teaching tools, either one of the writer and of the martial arts international quite often. once more this crucial guide is obviously illustrated with images and diagrams, yet in addition, it now incorporates a entire set of teaching drills, with key footwork and suggestion linking tools. battling perform, fence paintings, and power and conditioning also are incorporated during this entire remodeling of a vintage e-book. learn the way Wing Chun works, why it's so powerful in perform and why its equipment fluctuate so appreciably from different martial arts.
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Karate practitioners use a twist of the hips to generate power. Wing Chun uses the stance and footwork to develop tremendous speed, accuracy and power without over-committing the body weight (hence compromising balance). The normal, Wing Chun Yi Ji Kim Yeung Ma (Character Two Goat Gripping Stance) is a training stance and whilst performing Siu Nim Tau you are actually training both of your rear legs, in readiness for the forward stance and kicking. The weight should be balanced roughly equally between the legs, allowing for strong easy movement.
Wong Shun Leung described Siu Nim Tau as being like learning the alphabet of Wing Chun. You will need to learn it thoroughly before you move on to Cham Kiu where you begin to blend ideas together to make the equivalent of Wing Chun words and sentences. The form is illustrated in detail at the back of this book. The form is split into three sections with a different emphasis on each, but the overall aim is to achieve a good stance, structure and the idea of Lat Sau Jik Chung, with relaxed arms that can act independently from the trunk of the body.
Two further variations are then possible: a) Shuffle step: stepping again and to the same side. b) Long stepping: stepping to the other side and changing legs accordingly. You will need to practise both of these versions to see when they apply, it should be quite apparent and will depend on the direction of force and relative arm positions. 5. Pivoting and then collapsing. The pivot has taken place but then further pressure is applied and the pivoted position now collapses to either side as in Tui Ma.