Forearm Strike

[Grandmaster Chu Training Episodes #003] In this footage you can see how impactful a strike could be when it is resulted from separate movement of joints, namely, the shoulder, the elbow and the wrist joints. Such movement of joints does not confine to just “rotation in joints”. You can clearly see the elaborate movement ofContinue reading “Forearm Strike”

Adhesively Wrap-hold a Weapon – Hold It Sticky

What is the first thing to address for training on weapons (knives and pole)? Typically, it is the preparatory exercises: “punching on wide stance” for the pole and “circulating knives” for the knives respectively. I would like to introduce, in my opinion, one Wing Chun-ised pre-preparatory drill for training on weapons in general, i.e. notContinue reading “Adhesively Wrap-hold a Weapon – Hold It Sticky”

Elbowing (Biu Jee)

[Grandmaster Chu Training Episodes #011] This footage collates several demonstrations of GM Chu on Biu Jee movements. Biu Jee is both versatile and robust in application. Those shown in this footage are just snapshots among many others already posted onto the net by others of the Chu’s lineage. In particular, after I have finished compilingContinue reading “Elbowing (Biu Jee)”

A Kick in Wooden Dummy

[Grandmaster Chu Training Episodes #009] The last two episodes, #007 and #008, talk about the fundamentals of kicking (and of stepping as well) – the working of the tailbone and the hip joints. In this footage, it shows how a kick develops when crossing with the opponent’s leg, whichever of the left and the right.Continue reading “A Kick in Wooden Dummy”

5-gear Analogy in The Book of Wing Chun

In The Book of Wing Chun, Vol. 1, pp. 52-53, 7 powers are listed as a sequence serving as the Order of Using Different Powers. They are: 1) Idea Power; 2) Moving-body-weight Power; 3) Rotational Power; 4) Shoulder Power; 5) Shoulder Joint Power; 6) Forearm Power; 7) Wrist Power. This would be best understood againstContinue reading “5-gear Analogy in The Book of Wing Chun”

The Skeletal System Takes Over the Master Role

Does “Rotation in Joints (Separate but at the Same Time)” apply to other types of joints, like, as a less intuitively understandable case, the spine? The spine is not one single piece but “consists of 24 articulating vertebrae, and 9 fused vertebrae in the sacrum and the coccyx” (refer to The gap between anyContinue reading “The Skeletal System Takes Over the Master Role”

Starting a Wing-arc (Bong Sau) Turn

[Grandmaster Chu Training Episodes #002] As a cross reference, you can also read the post [Rotation in Joints (Separate but at the Same Time) – Composing Movements] 2013.12.12. Note: The three methods demonstrated in the footage are contrastive. They might altogether be regarded as a rough portrait on the typical progression (from the first toContinue reading “Starting a Wing-arc (Bong Sau) Turn”

Rotation in Joints (Separate but at the Same Time) – Composing Movements

The Chu-style Wing Chun emphasises “rotation in joint” (refer to the last post dated 2013.11.29). Strictly speaking, it differs from the generic description “joint rotation”, in the way that it stands out the requirement of initiating the rotation within the joint structure itself, unreliant on any structure outside. This is an important characteristic that yieldsContinue reading “Rotation in Joints (Separate but at the Same Time) – Composing Movements”

Joints Freed: Joint Expansion/Rotation

The practice of relaxation bears two sides of effect: 1) the relaxation of muscles (discussed earlier); 2) the opening up of joints. In movements mastered by muscular contraction, the joints in the skeletal system are, to different degrees, being bound and confined by their neighbouring contracting muscles (and probably those related tissues like tendons). TheContinue reading “Joints Freed: Joint Expansion/Rotation”

Transmitting Power Through A Row of People

[Grandmaster Chu Training Episodes #001] This footage shows transmitting power from one end of a row of people to the other end. When doing so, it is important not to be preoccupied by wanting to push, in the way that you are wanting to move the whole row of people. Instead, it is actually aContinue reading “Transmitting Power Through A Row of People”